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tooth extractions in Ballantyne NC


Your dentist’s goal is always to preserve your natural teeth. However, there are times when a tooth extraction is necessary. When a tooth is severely decayed, broken, infected, or overcrowded, a dental filling may not be an effective solution. At Aten & Garofalo Dentistry, we offer tooth extractions in Ballantyne, NC to prevent the spread of decay and preserve the health of the mouth.
Root canal treatment in Ballantyne NC


Preserving the natural tooth is your dentist’s ultimate goal. If decay and bacteria spread deep into the pulp of the tooth, the patient often experiences pain. To treat a severely damaged or decayed tooth, a root canal treatment may be recommended. When necessary, Aten & Garofalo Dentistry provides root canal treatment in Ballantyne, NC to save the natural tooth and to prevent the spread of bacteria.
dental fillings in Ballantyne NC


Even if you have the best intentions and follow good oral habits, decay and cavities can occur. Age, heredity, your diet, and oral hygiene play a role in the development of tooth decay. When cavities appear, it is best to treat them quickly to keep the damage from spreading. Aten & Garofalo Dentistry provides dental fillings in Ballantyne, NC to repair and restore a decayed or damaged tooth.

You never know when an emergency may occur. You could break a tooth while eating a piece of popcorn, lose a filling, or experience dental trauma at a sporting event.

When the unexpected occurs, you want a dentist you can trust! At Aten & Garofalo Dentistry, we provide emergency dental services in Ballantyne, NC. We will address your pain and condition and work to determine the best course of treatment to improve your smile. We may use a single treatment or a combination of treatments to address your needs.

At Aten & Garofalo, we offer generalcosmeticrestorative, and emergency dental care to help our patients maintain their beautiful, healthy smiles. Each patient’s treatment plan is customized based on his/her needs, preferences, and budget.


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Always consult your dentist before visiting an oral surgeon. A comprehensive oral exam is necessary to determine your condition and if oral surgery is necessary.

Before the extraction, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. This helps keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. You may feel pressure as the tooth is removed from the socket, but you should not feel pain.

Following the procedure, over-the-counter or prescription pain medication may be recommended to reduce any discomfort

Every patient heals differently. Typically, recovery takes a few days to a week. The location, number of teeth extracted, and health of the patient can affect the recovery period. Following the procedure, over-the-counter or prescription pain medication may be recommended to reduce any discomfort


Every patient’s tolerance level is different. A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area and to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. It is common to feel pressure as your dentist works to remove the damaged portion of the tooth.

During a root canal treatment, the pulp and nerves are removed from the canal of the tooth. This area is then cleaned and disinfected before being filled with a special material called gutta percha. A dental crown is placed to restore and strengthen the tooth.

A root canal takes slightly longer than having a cavity filled. A standard root canal treatment takes 30-60 minutes. A more complex case may take up to 90 minutes.


Common signs or symptoms of a cavity include:

  • Tooth pain while chewing
  • Sensitivity to cold or hot
  • Pits or holes in the tooth
  • Black, brown, or white spots on the tooth

Before placing a filling, your dentist numbs the tooth or treatment area to ensure patient comfort throughout the procedure. Using special tools, he/she removes the decayed portion of the tooth. The filling is placed and then hardened using a special light.

The most common materials for fillings are amalgam (silver fillings), gold, and tooth-colored composites. Your dentist will choose the most appropriate material based on your needs, the location of the filling in your mouth, and your budget.