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 A Candidate For Gum Contouring By A Cosmetic Dentist?

By SEO Admin on October 07, 2013

Are you unhappy with your smile because your gum line is uneven or too much of your teeth is covered by your gums? If so, then you should ask your cosmetic dentist about gum contouring. Gum contouring, which is also known as gum sculpting or tissue sculpting, is a procedure that helps balance the uneven gum line so that you can have the smile that you always wanted.

The Procedure
Gum contouring is usually performed under local anesthesia. Lasers, scalpels and other dental tools can be used to reshape the gum line and remove excess gum tissue. Your cosmetic dentistwill perform an examination in order to determine whether this procedure is the right choice for you.

Who Is A Good Candidate For This Procedure?
Most patients who have a gummy smile are considered a good candidate for gum sculpting. A gummy smile is usually caused by an overgrowth of gum tissue. It can also be caused by the natural position of the jaw. Additionally, a gummy smile is often the result of medication side effects. Medications that are used to treat high blood pressure and epilepsy are examples of some of the drugs that can cause a gummy smile.

Below are some examples of some of the problems that can be corrected with gum sculpting:

  • Uneven gum line

  • Discolored gums

  • Teeth that appear too short

  • Protruding gums

Many patients who get this procedure often undergo other cosmetic procedures. Porcelain veneers are an example of a procedure that is commonly performed with tissue sculpting. A veneer is a thin, shell-like restoration that is placed over the enamel of the tooth. Teeth whitening is another procedure that is performed along with tissue sculpting. This procedure is used to remove stains that accumulate on the teeth as the result of foods, beverages and the natural aging process.

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