Greetings from Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

Drs. John Pinnix and George Betancourt would like to extend our sincerest best wishes to you and your families. We hope that you continue to navigate these most difficult times with strength, perseverance and the promise that we will all soon return to 'business as usual'.

Please note, the purpose of this email is not to go into detail about our office protocols during the current COVID- 19 response. We always have and will continue to maintain the highest level of aseptic and sterilization techniques. Regarding our office hours, we are presently closed as a result of recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Dental Association. For patients with upcoming appointments, trust that we will communicate directly with you via phone call to reschedule them as we learn more about our current situation.

For the time being, we want to extend to you, our patients, the helping hand you need during these times for all things dental. While we may be limited in terms of office hours and available services, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt remain available to you via other modalities. For example, we ask that you please find and follow our social media pages, pinnixandbetancourt on Instagram, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney on Facebook, and @BlakeneySmiles on Twitter. We will use these social media outlets as a means of communication and also a way to provide a Question & Answer forum for general questions anyone may have.

For personal/private needs related to ongoing treatment or your dental health, we will be available to schedule a virtual consultation. This may be accomplished via FaceTime, Zoom meeting or other platform whereby we may have a face to face encounter. These will be available to you, our patient, as a courtesy.

These are unprecedented times for us all. We strive to be on the front edge of the capabilities and service we provide our patients. Much of that depends on our availability and communication. We are here and we will, across any medium possible, provide the guidance you need during these difficult times. We ask that you please reach out to us either via email to the office (, one of our social media platforms, or our phone line from which you can leave a message. We will make every effort possible to get back to you in a timely manner.

From Drs. Pinnix, Betancourt and our entire staff at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we hope you and your families manage the COVID-19 pandemic with an abundance of care, caution and respect for the well being of our community.


Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

Are You Experiencing Signs & Symptoms of TMJ?

By SEO Admin on July 23, 2012

TMJ, also known as TMD or temperomandibular jaw disorder, is a term to refer to conditions that affect comfort and usage of the jaw. In some instances, it can make opening the jaw for speaking or eating difficult from the pain or discomfort felt. Prompt treatment can reduce the pain felt, restoring the patient's ability to eat and talk without pain or discomfort. Those suffering from this condition may be able to get relief from a South Charlotte dentist.

Because this condition affects the jaw, most of the symptoms occur in that area. Symptoms of TMJ include the following:

  • Swelling of the jaw
  • Dull pain in the jaw
  • A jaw that locks when the mouth is opened
  • Sounds from the joint of the jaw like popping, grating, or clicking
  • Pain or discomfort that makes opening and closing the mouth wide difficult

These are not the only symptoms of temperomandibular jaw disorder. Other symptoms may not affect the jaw at all, but the areas around the jaw like the teeth, head, neck, and ears. Examples of these include:

  • Hearing problems like ringing in the ears or a decreased ability to hear
  • Muscle pain in the neck or upper back
  • Headaches that may be confused with migraines or stress-induced headaches
  • Teeth that feel out of alignment

Anyone with any of these symptoms is encouraged to set an appointment with a South Charlotte dentist for an evaluation and treatment. These symptoms of TMJ can be eased with the help of treatments available from a local dentist.

If you have any questions or would like more information about TMJ signs, symptoms and treatments or any additional information about our cosmetic dentistry services, please feel free to contact ourCharlotte dentist office at 704-543-1102 or by using our convenient online appointment request form.

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