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

Dental Digital Xrays: How Often Do You Need Them and Why? By SEO Admin on December 23, 2013

Nobody can deny the importance of teeth. Not only do they provide the basis of a gorgeous smile, but they provide the much more important function of allowing food to be digested properly. Unfortunately, people often take their teeth for granted until they begin to have issues with them. Sensitivity, pain, and soreness are all indications there is a problem that needs to be examined by a dentist. Very often one of the first things a dentistdoes is take x-rays of the teeth. Since they are obviously important for the dentist, this brings up the question of how often are x-rays needed and why?

A good rule of thumb is having checkup dental x-rays performed every year and then a full series of digital x-rays performed every five years. The reason for this is a simple one, tooth decay often starts slowly but then progresses rapidly if it is not caught early on. While the professionals of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, a South Charlotte cosmetic dental office, understand that clients try to maintain proper hygienic habits, there are many factors that can contribute to problems. The consumption of sweets, gum, and even breath mints all can lead to the decay of the teeth. In addition, if a patients mouth begins to produce less saliva, then it can also cause the teeth to decay quickly. Having digital x-rays performed catches this decay at the early stages, so it can be prevented from spreading further.

Dental x-rays catch other things beyond just decay, however. They also are used to look for things like abscesses in the mouth and the beginning stages of bone loss around the teeth. These are very serious issues that should be caught as early as possible to prevent any permanent consequences. X-rays are also useful for tracking the development of wisdom teeth. This is particularly important because wisdom teeth can sometimes be not just painful but cause other problems in the mouth. They can crowd other teeth and cause them to be misaligned. Even more painfully, they can become impacted and never actually make it through the gum due to adjacent teeth or some other issue. Whatever the problem with wisdom teeth may be, their progress needs to be followed so they can be taken out at the appropriate time.

The dentists of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney understand that the mouth is actually quite a complicated thing. There are many issues that can arise with teeth despite proper oral hygiene. This is where dental digital x-rays play an important role. No matter if the problem is tooth decay or an abscess, it will be revealed so it can be treated properly. While it is understandable that some people may be squeamish about their level of exposure to radiation, the fact that these x-rays are digital means they use much less radiation than the typical person is exposed to by walking around in the sun. Do not let fear keep anyone from utilizing this powerful tool. Protect future health and see the benefits dental x-rays provide.

Give Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney a call today to scheduled your next checkup for a dental exam and digital x-rays.

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