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 (admin@blakeneysmiles.com), 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.

Best,

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

8 Important Questions & Answers About Dental Implants

By SEO Admin on April 08, 2013

Restorative dentistry is a solution for individuals who need their smiles rehabilitated. Solutions can include crowns, bridges, dentures and dental implants. However, before choosing implants, an individual will need to know the answers to some important questions.

1. How healthy does one have to be to have dental implants?
A person can be examined by dentists in Charlotte to see if he or she qualifies for an implant. Usually, individuals, who are healthy enough to have treatments for other dental procedures, will be healthy enough to undergo a dental implant.

2. How long will the implants last?
With proper care, the restorative dentistry procedure should last a lifetime. However, a persons lifestyle can be a factor in how long the procedure lasts. For instance, proper nutrition and hygiene is important to the health of an individuals natural teeth and implants.

3. How does one care for the implants?
Dentists in Charlotte recommend that an individual treat the dental implant the same way that he or she would treat a normal tooth.

4. Will insurance cover this procedure?
It will depend on the insurance company. Some companies will cover it, but others will not cover the procedure.

5. Can someones body reject an implant?
Each individual will be evaluated before the process begins to make sure that the proper implant is used. The body will normally accept the tooth implant.

6. Does the procedure hurt?
The patient will take a pain medication to help relieve any discomfort. Some complex implants may require sedation.

7. How long does it take to place the implants?
It can take about 30 minutes or 4 hours depending on the number of implants.

8. Is this an experimental procedure?
This procedure has been researched thoroughly, and it has been used successfully many times.

A dental implant can help restore an individuals smile and confidence. This technique is available for replacing teeth that have been lost to decay, injury or disease.

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