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

Learn About the Benefits of Dental Implants

By Dr. Pinnix on September 09, 2013


Cosmetic dentistry services include may use bridges, dentures or dental implants to replace missing teeth. Bridges can weaken and make teeth more vulnerable to decay. Dentures often need to be adjusted or else they will fit wrong and cause pain. Both of these methods are not as good as natural teeth and must be taken out for cleaning.

Bridges require filling and joining groups of adjacent teeth. This can weaken and make them vulnerable to decay. Dentures need must be continuously adjusted to conform to the shape of the jaw as it changes with age. If the denture's fit is slightly off it can be painful, embarrassing, and make chewing difficult.

Though both methods are less expensive initially, the lifetime expense of maintenance is much greater compared to dental implants over time, and the over all quality is dramatically inferior. Furthermore, they must be continuously taken out to be cleaned and soaked in a cup every night.

Why Dental Implants are Better
Cosmetic dentistry services are encouraging dental implants as the best solution for missing teeth because they are better than dentures and bridges. Though they are cost more as an initial investment, they are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth.

Dental implants are superior because once they are in your jaw you never need to worry about them again. In fact, they require less care than healthy natural teeth because they are not vulnerable to breakage, and they are completely immune to bacteria, infections and cavities. Implants completely replace and fill the vacant space where the natural tooth once was. This helps to protect the jawbone from further exposure to infection.

The implants are anchored in the jaw similar to the way the root of a natural tooth. After the implant is screwed into place the jaw's living bone tissue grows around it. The implant will remain solidly in place for the rest of your life once the procedure is completed.

Single dental implants typically average two to three thousand dollars each. The procedure takes one year to complete on average, depending on your age and health. A general dentist office can refer you to oral surgeons in your area.

A dentist office that specializes in Charlotte dental implants uses the most recent technology and procedures. They can give you a personal assessment and go over what to expect, the estimated length of your procedure, and what the best financial options are for Charlotte dental implants.


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