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

Understanding the Importance of Dental Fillings

By SEO Admin on February 25, 2013

Regular brushing and flossing help to avoid cavities, especially when combined with avoidance of sugar. Unfortunately, a strong dental regimen isn't always effective. In fact, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease affecting Americans of all ages. According to the National Institutes of Health, 78 percent of people have at least one cavity by the time they're 17 years old. Cavities are just a normal part of life for most people.

Fortunately, people who suffer cavities can have effective, long-lasting treatment in the form of dental fillings. As the name suggests, fillings solve the issue of tooth decay by sealing the hole that was formerly home for bacteria that create cavities. For dentists everywhere, fillings are among the most common procedures they handle and cosmetic dentists nationwide are now able to provide tooth colored fillings to match your surrounding teeth with great accuracy.

With all visits to dentists in Charlotte, inspections will be performed to see whether your mouth holds cavities that need to be filled. The fact is that even if you don't notice cavities, you still may be suffering from them. Perhaps you wonder why this matters so much.

The problem is that if you have teeth currently decaying, the cavities won't go away on their own. Left unchecked, the cavities will dig further into teeth until they're damaging the pulp, or nerve tissue, in the root. This is when serious pain will occur. If dental fillings are not performed early on, infections will continue to spread and eventually destroy the teeth they're affecting. This means that the bad teeth will need to be extracted, which involves a complex and potentially expensive procedure. However, the problem can be taken care of efficiently by dentists in Charlotte.

We're happy to provide more information on dental fillings or tooth colored fillings if you need to call our Charlotte dentist office at 704-543-1102 or we invite you to engage with us in the comments section below.

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