Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

Impacted wisdom tooth

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth can become impacted when they are trapped under the gums or bone, causing considerable pain. 

When trapped, wisdom teeth can easily decay and may even damage surrounding teeth. As such, impacted wisdom teeth require extraction.

How do I know if my wisdom teeth are impacted?

Impacted wisdom tooth

Impacted Wisdom Teeth Often Cause Pain & Other Unpleasant Symptoms

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Pain

You may experience severe pain in your teeth, gums, jaws, and even ears. This can occur due to pressure or infection.

Tenderness, Bleeding, & Swelling

Noticeably tender or swollen gums are a common symptom of impacted wisdom teeth. You may also experience some bleeding due to gum irritation.

Bad Breath or an Unpleasant Taste

An infection caused by an impacted wisdom tooth can create a foul smell or taste in your mouth.

A Wisdom Tooth Can Become Impacted in Several Ways

Each type of impaction can have severe implications on the health and appearance of your smile.

Young Adults & Teens Face the Greatest Risk

In most cases, wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Patients in this age group should pay special attention to any changes in their bite and be aware of symptoms that may indicate impaction.

Certain Factors Prevent Wisdom Teeth from Erupting

Lack of Space

Since wisdom teeth are the last to grow in, many patients may not have enough room for wisdom teeth to grow in properly.

Abnormal Development

The eruption of teeth can be unpredictable. Some grow in at awkward angles. This can lead to them becoming trapped under the jaw or gums.

Many Patients Need to Have Their Wisdom Teeth Removed

Your Doctor Can Examine Your Bite to Identify an Impacted Wisdom Tooth

Most of the time, an impacted wisdom tooth is easy to diagnose during a routine dental exam. During the exam, your doctor can perform a visual evaluation of your bite and review digital x-rays to determine where and how the tooth has become impacted. For more complex impaction, the doctor can also use 3-D imaging technology for a clear view of all the tissues involved.

Contact Your Doctor Immediately

Left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can cause serious oral health issues and even shift your teeth out of place. Schedule a consultation with your doctor at the first sign of trouble so they can perform a swift extraction to remove the tooth and protect your smile,
Dr. Porter

Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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