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It’s Like Pulling Teeth!

“It’s Like Pulling Teeth”

Everyone has heard that saying before.  And unfortunately, getting a tooth pulled or extracted has gotten a bad reputation.  Luckily for everyone living today, with the improvement of technology and medication, it’s more of a positive experience!

Just like ripping that band-aid off, getting a tooth pulled may just be the best choice in the long run.  Remember, living with tooth pain just isn’t normal!

At Glasscock Dental, we do a wide range of extractions in our office. However, there are times when we do need to refer out to a specialist for wisdom teeth or impacted teeth. Also, referrals to an oral surgeon are given when a patient would rather be sedated for the entire procedure or they are just very apprehensive about having the procedure done because of a previous bad experience

We want every visit to be as comfortable as possible. So, if you choose to have a tooth removed in our office, ask us about “oral sedation”. We do not use Nitrous Oxide in our office instead, we offer Valium for those that are nervous or anxious.

Extractions are done for a variety of reasons.

  •  Very large cavity or caries that cannot be restored.
  •  Periodontal diseases.
  •  Fractured or broken teeth.
  •  Teeth that are traumatized.
  •  Teeth that fail to erupt or are unable to erupt.
  • Abscessed teeth that have infection that has spread.
  • Teeth that are abnormal in development.
  • Teeth that are involved in cysts or tumors.
  • Ectopic teeth that have erupted in a wrong place.
  • The orthodontist requesting removal of the teeth.

All teeth can potentially cause problems and become infected; which will call for the removal of the tooth or teeth. Extractions can range from a single tooth, to removing several teeth at one time. Dental extractions are done after administration of local anesthesia that makes the tooth and the surrounding tissues numb. Thus, extractions are not painful, but a feeling of pressure will be felt by the patient during the procedure.

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Why see your dentist for a Mouth Guard?

Just like wearing a helmet or shoulder pads, mouth guards are an essential piece of equipment in contact sports.  They should be worn by athletes of all ages who participate in sports such as:

  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Soccer

Youth and adolescent sports participation has grown steadily over the years. It is estimated that 20 to 25 million youths participate in competitive sports. As a result of this growth in participation levels, incidence of injury has also increased. Some have reported sports to account for approximately 36% of all unintentional injuries to children and adolescents. Of those injuries, 10-20% of all sports related injuries are maxillofacial injuries according to the American Dental Association.

The National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety reports dental injuries as the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during sports participation. They contend that an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard. Often times these injuries will result in permanent damage to oral structures which require medical intervention.

Types of Dental Injuries

Injuries to the teeth can be grouped in three different categories with care specific to each type.


– can be classified as a root fracture, broken tooth or chipped tooth

– if possible, stabilize portion of tooth still in mouth by gently biting on towel to control bleeding

– athlete and tooth fragments should be transported immediately to a dentist

– best methods of transport of the tooth are in Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution, milk, saline soaked gauze, or under the athlete’s tongue


– entire tooth, including root, knocked out

– do not handle tooth by the root (tooth should be handled by the crown)

– do not brush, scrub, or sterilize tooth

– if tooth is dirty, gently rinse with water

– if possible, place tooth back in socket and have athlete gently bite down on towel

– if unable to reimplant tooth, transport tooth with the athlete as described above to the dentist immediately


– tooth in socket, but in wrong position

– Extruded Tooth – tooth appears longer than surrounding teeth

– Lateral Displacement – tooth pushed back or pulled forward
Wearing a mouth guard helps prevent against structural damage to your teeth and jaw and also helps prevent injuries such as lacerations to your cheeks, tongue, and lips. It is also believed that Mouth guards could possibly help decrease the risk of concussions.

Mouth guards are available in most any sporting goods store, but you should be careful when purchasing a mouth guard.  Mouth guards like this do not offer the best level of protection.  They are also usually ill-fitting and uncomfortable.

For the highest level of comfort and protection, you should visit your dentist for a custom mouth guard fitting.  A custom mouth guard is created specifically for the optimal protection of YOUR mouth.  It is created with thin plastic that is hardened to protect your teeth.  The thinness of the custom mouth guard allows for easy breathing and also allows for easy communication (especially important for you star quarterbacks calling out the signals). Ask us about our custom mouth guards that protect your teeth.

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Stress Free Dental Visits

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Our first goal is to understand what Anxiety and Stress are and how it is related to you as an individual? The truth is, Stress and Anxiety are real,  and in a nut shell are caused by your fear that something bad is going to happen. It all starts in the brain, the command center of your body.  With your brain’s fear response triggered, your body goes on full alert reacting to the situation at hand.   Stress and Anxiety can impair the sufferer physically and psychologically.  It can be almost crippling to the individual suffering from this dilemma.

So how does Glasscock Dental  help someone with  Stress and Anxiety issues in relation to a dentist visit?   First, we ask that you let us know about your previous bad experience. We have a highly trained and friendly professional staff to help put your fears at ease. Our number one priority is to always concentrate on “One Patient at a Time”.  With this in mind, we work to create an environment that provides Stress Free Dental. To eliminate Stress and Anxiety, it’s the little things that are important for each patient to put their mind at ease.

What does Glasscock Dental  provide to make your experience Stress Free?

  • 1. Friendly and courteous staff
  • 2. Timely Appointments
  • 3. Explanation of Procedures so you know exactly what to expect
  • 4. Newest Techniques in Dentistry that are more comfortable for the patient.

It is very important to take care of your Oral Health to maintain a healthy body. Many illnesses are related to poor oral hygiene.  Our goal is to make your experience a pleasant one.  We are not the assembly line type of practice.  We want to get to know our patients and be a part of your life to take the best care of you.

Dr. David M Glasscock, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

  • 8430 University Executive Park Drive, Suite 610
  • Charlotte, NC 28262
  • Ph#704-510-1150

stress  (strs)


a. A mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting physical health, usually characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, muscular tension, irritability, and depression.
b. A stimulus or circumstance causing such a condition.
7. A state of extreme difficulty, pressure, or strain: “

anx·i·e·ty  (ng-z-t)

n. pl. anx·i·e·ties


a. A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties.
b. A cause of anxiety: For some people, air travel is a real anxiety.
2. Psychiatry A state of apprehension, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the anticipation of a realistic or fantasized threatening event or situation, often impairing physical and psychological functioning.
3. Eager, often agitated desire: my anxiety to make a good impression.

The Truth about Sugar and your Teeth

Let’s be honest.  Who doesn’t love Sugar?  I can’t name a person alive who can say they don’t “love it” in one form or another.  It’s in almost everything we eat or drink.   The question is how do we limit it for our good health and to protect our teeth?     Your afternoon peanut butter and jelly washed down with a can of soda is attacking your teeth!   Sugar attacks the enamel on your teeth while you’re eating and the minutes following.   I’m sure it was filling, taste great and you are no longer hungry but that peanut butter and jelly sandwich had approx. 30 grams of sugar.  The soda had an additional 65 grams of sugar.

How do you limit the effects of such?  Glasscock dental recommends you brush your teeth after every meal.  I realize this isn’t the first thing you’re thinking of.  I also realize it can be pretty inconvenient at time.  We all have busy schedules and I can see why brushing wouldn’t make it to the top of the priority list.  But let’s put it into perspective.  1 can of soda and that peanut butter and jelly sandwich contained approximately 95 grams of sugar.   As an estimate, every 5 grams of sugar equals one teaspoon of sugar (or 1 sugar cube.  Your lunch time meal had the approximate value of 18 ½ teaspoons of sugar attacking the teeth inside your mouth.

Glasscock Dental does not want to give you the impression that brushing is enough.  It is however a good start.  We at Glasscock Dental recommend you visit the dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and once a year for an oral exam.  Plaque builds up no matter how well you brush and it will need to be removed by a hygienist.  Your dentist, while providing your yearly oral exam, can identify any oral problems and treat them.  Remember, Good oral health is the key to maintaining a winning smile and keeping your mouth and body healthy.

Dr. David M Glasscock, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

  • 8430 University Executive Park Drive, Suite 610
  • Charlotte, NC 28262
  • Ph#704-510-1150