Tooth Extraction

We make every attempt to save damaged teeth, but sometimes tooth extraction is the best option.

Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt, serving Gastonia, Ballantyne, and Charlotte, NC, go to great lengths to ensure your comfort.

And, when you are ready, the team at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney can expertly restore your missing tooth to protect your future oral health.

What Signs Should I Look Out For?

The team at our Charlotte dental office can explain the symptoms to look out for, as well as give you the care you need. Seeking care as soon as you notice pain or symptoms like these may save your tooth:

  • Swelling of the gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Discharge or bleeding
  • Darkening tooth enamel

Tooth Extraction Can Be a Fresh Start

While we often take our teeth for granted, Dr. Pinnix and Dr. Betancourt know that most people are emotionally attached to their smiles. We will do whatever is possible to preserve them, such as root canal therapy or traditional crown placement. However, in some cases, a tooth becomes so decayed or damaged that it will require extraction.

We encourage our patients to use this as an opportunity for a fresh start. By removing a failing tooth, patients can start on the path toward rebuilding their oral health.

Looking for Gentle Tooth Extraction? Call for a Consultation

Personalized care is a cornerstone at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney in Charlotte, NC. In addition to being highly trained and using state-of-the-art technology, our dentists take the extra time to get to know each and every patient.

Before we recommend tooth extraction, you will undergo a thorough evaluation with one of our dentists who will explore options to save your tooth. If we determine your tooth should be extracted, we will explain the process and, if you choose, also discuss options to replace the missing tooth. Our advanced training allows us to perform tooth extractions and all types of restorations, saving you a trip to an oral surgeon.

 If you are unsure what to do or if you know you need treatment, please leave a message or call

(704) 543-1102

Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt
Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt serve patients in Charlotte, Ballantyne, Gastonia, NC, and surrounding areas.

"For the first time since 2012, I have no more pain!"


Wendy Gagnon

Charlotte, NC


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The Best Experience I've ever had!! The entire office is filled with wonderful, kind and caring people! For the first time since 2012 I have no more pain when I drink or eat anything!! Thank you to all of them!!! I recommend them to anyone!! They do sedation Dentistry, which was amazing for me!!!

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Amy Cohen

Charlotte, NC


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My son had his wisdom teeth removed and had a very pleasant experience. The whole team was very professional and Dr Betancourt was very detailed with post op care.

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We Emphasize Personalized Treatment Experience the Difference with

Gentle Extractions

Your comfort is our top priority. Our skilled dentists use advanced techniques and compassionate care to ensure treatment is both quick and virtually painless. If a decayed tooth has been causing you pain, our treatment can bring the relief you are looking for.

Soothing Amenities

We promote a sense of calm for every treatment with our soothing amenities. You can relax in our leather massage chairs and listen to music or watch TV. During treatment, we use state-of-the-art technology that makes treatment more comfortable and effective.

Full-Service Care

You can find all the care you need in a single trusted office — no outside referrals necessary. As our gallery of before and after photos show, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt are highly trained in cosmetic dentistry and dental implants to restore both function and beauty to your smile.

From Cosmetic Dentistry to Anesthesiology Our Affiliations Show How We Can Streamline Your Treatment

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
Academy of General Dentistry
International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Spear Education
American Dental Society of Anesthesiology

Sedation Truly Makes a Difference Just Ask Our Dentist

"Sedation gives people the opportunity to get care that they've been needing for many, many, many years. You certainly find that what we can do for those patients is life-altering. Give them their smile back. Give them their confidence back." Dr. Betancourt

Getting to Know the Benefits of Sedation

We offer three types of sedation so you can achieve the level of comfort you need. Dr. Betancourt has extensive sedation training and is one of just 1.5 percent of dentists in the state licensed to administer IV sedation. Along with nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation, we can discuss these options during a dental consultation.

Are Costs a Concern?

In addition to insurance, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney accepts flexible financing to help patients make unexpected dental treatment more affordable. We also accept low-interest and interest-free plans through several third-party financing companies, including CareCredit®, Citi® Health, and Wells Fargo.

From Ballantyne to Gastonia, NC Patients Know They Can Depend on Us


Catherine Biancuzzo

Charlotte, NC


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The staff responded with care and concern to my call. As a new resident to Charlotte, I was nervous on who I could get help from. The staff were so kind and got me in immediately. Dr Betancourt was thorough and sensitive to my feelings. Loved the whole experience and am thrilled to have them as my new dental practice!

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William Lowery

Charlotte, NC


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Always outstanding service and people!! My family and I have used several different Dentists over the years… Advanced Dentistry is absolutely the best we have had! We have been with them almost 10 years now!

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What to Expect During an Extraction

While each patient's care is unique, in general, your procedure will follow along these lines:
Although local anesthesia makes tooth extraction virtually painless, we also offer sedation.
Although local anesthesia makes tooth extraction virtually painless, we also offer sedation.

Local Anesthetic 

Your dentist will ensure your comfort by administering a local anesthetic and, if requested, sedation. Each serves a different purpose. The anesthetic numbs the extraction site, while the sedation calms your mind and body.

Tooth Extraction

If the tooth is above the gum line, the dentist will simply loosen the tooth and lift it out. If the tooth is severely impacted, he may make incisions to remove it. In some cases, the tooth is broken up and removed in pieces. 


If needed, the doctor will place sutures in the extraction site to encourage healing. We may provide sterile gauze for the area as well.

Beginning the Recovery Process After Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction patient in the exam chair

Recovery after wisdom teeth removal is typically fast and comfortable. Aiding your recovery is the formation of a protective blood clot in the extraction site, which you may initially protect with gauze.

However, if the blood clot is dislodged or fails to form, a painful condition called dry socket can occur. In the event that the blood clot becomes loose, revealing your extraction site before you're done healing, reach out to us immediately.

What Else Should I Know About Healing?

You can avoid dry socket and ease recovery with a few simple steps:

  • Refrain from using a straw for about a week, which can dislodge the blood clot and put you at risk of dry socket.
  • Avoid smoking and tobacco, which slows healing and increases the risk of developing dry socket.
  • Adjust your oral hygiene the first few days after extraction. Our dentists will give you specific instructions.
  • Reduce swelling by holding an ice pack on your cheek. This should be sufficient for a simple tooth extraction as swelling should be minimal.

Options to Consider To Restore Your Smile and Your Bite

Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney in Charlotte is equipped to provide comprehensive care on-site without having to send you to an oral surgeon. When we are extracting just one tooth, many of our patients consider either a dental implant-supported crown or a dental bridge to fill the gap. If you are having wisdom teeth extracted, they do not need to be replaced.

Implant in jaw

Implant-Supported Crown

A dental implant is a small post that is surgically inserted into the jaw, where it fuses with the bone and functions like the root of a tooth. Once the post has fused with the bone, we will attach a natural-looking and durable dental crown to restore your smile and oral health.


Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is a versatile restoration. To replace one tooth, we design a three-tooth bridge. A piece called a pontic replaces the missing tooth itself. Two crowns are placed at either end of the bridge, then attached to neighboring teeth to hold the restoration in place.

Restoring Your Smile After Tooth Extraction

Nervous about what your smile may look like after extraction? Let us put you at ease. Modern dentistry offers many options to restore lost teeth, including crowns, bridges, and dentures.
Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney Patient Before implants
Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney Patient After implants
Even with extensive extractions and tooth loss, you can have a stunning smile. For example, our dentists beautifully restored this patient's smile with All-on-4® implant-supported dentures.

A Go-To Dental Office In Charlotte, NC


Hartmut Bendfeldt

Charlotte, NC


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Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney has been my dental office for years. This is a great dentist office with friendly staff. Whether it is a routine exam, quarterly cleaning, a crown or an implant they always provide great work.

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Nancy Shami

Charlotte, NC


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Always a great experience!!! From routine checkups to dental emergencies to cosmetic improvements Advanced Dentistry is where you’ll want to go for all your oral health needs. The staff is beyond wonderful from the minute you enter the door until you leave. Amazing group of professionals…5 stars all the way!!!

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Tooth Extraction FAQs

Q. Do I need a traditional restoration or implant-supported restoration after wisdom tooth removal?

A. No. If you are having wisdom teeth extracted, they do not need to be replaced. Unlike your other teeth, they don't perform a necessary function.

Q. What will my insurance cover during tooth extraction?

A. This answer will depend on your provider and your plan. Generally speaking, though, insurance will help with the cost of extractions and traditional restorations. They rarely, if ever, assist with sedation and dental implants.

Q. What happens if I need more than just a tooth extraction?

A. It's common for our Charlotte dentistry patients to have multiple dental problems at once, like gum disease, bone loss, and deeply decayed teeth. We can address all your concerns with custom, comprehensive full mouth reconstruction.

Dr. Pinnix and Dr. Betancourt

Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, our goal is to enhance your quality of life through dentistry. Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt are proud to be associated with a range of prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • International College of Oral Implantologists
  • Spear Study Club
  • Charlotte Dental Society
  • Invisalign® Certified Provider

For more information about our services, contact our Charlotte office online or call (704) 543-1102.

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