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

Dental Implants in Charlotte Becoming More and More Popular

By Dr. Pinnix on July 08, 2013

 

Charlotte dental implants are all the rage in the Queen City. More and more residents are opting for dental implants as a tooth replacement option instead of traditional cosmetic dentistry services like partials or dentures. Patients love dental implants because they provide a secure, permanent and durable tooth replacement solution.

What are Dental Implants?
Adental implant is a device made of titanium that mimics the root of a tooth. Dental implants are screwed into existing jaw bone and overtime they fuse into the jawbone via a process known as "osseointegration." Unlike other cosmetic dentistry services that are removable or anchor to neighboring teeth, patients never have to worry about dental implants shifting as they chew or making awkward noises that are a dead giveaway for false teeth. Additionally, since dental implants fuse into the bone, patients never have to worry about oral health issues such as bone loss and decay.

How are Dental Implants Installed?
Dental implants are installed directly in the dentist office under local anesthesia or sedation. The entire dental implant procedure occurs in two phases. During the initial phase, the dentist makes an incision in your gums to expose the underlying bone. He then uses a special implant drill to create a space for the dental implant. The dental implant is then screwed into place and the gums are stitched over the implant. The dental implant is then allowed to fuse with the jawbone over the next few months.

After a few months have passed and the dental implant osseointegrates with the jawbone, you must make a return visit to the dentist office to complete the final phase of the dental implant procedure. During this phase, the dentist makes an incision in the gums a second time to expose the dental implant. He then makes an impression of the implant to fabricate a crown fitting. The crown fitting mimics the look, feel and function of your natural teeth. Once the crown is fabricated, the dentist attaches the crown fitting on top of the dental implant to complete the procedure.

 

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