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

Our Cosmetic Dentists Explain The Basics of Dental Implants By Dr. Pinnix on February 25, 2014

 

Sometimes tooth loss cannot be prevented, despite dentists' best efforts. However, permanent tooth loss is not the end of the story; a dental implant is a great solution. This dental implant information will help you decide whether or not an implant is right for you.



What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is used to hold the replacement for the tooth, which may be a crown, bridge, or dentures.

Dental implants are made of titanium, which is effective because bones fuse with titanium, creating a strong foundation for tooth replacement. To replace a single tooth, one implant and a crown are typically used. If several teeth must be replaced, implants can be used to support bridges. If all of the teeth are missing, an implant-supported full bridge or dentures can be used. South Charlotte NC cosmetic dentists take a number of factors into account before making recommendations about tooth replacements.

During the procedure, which is performed under local or light anesthesia, the implant is placed within the gum line. It is then allowed to heal for three to six months. After the implant site is completely healed, the crown, bridge, or dentures can be custom-fitted and placed.

You may experience mild discomfort following the implant procedure, but most patients report that it is much less painful than an extraction. Any soreness can be treated with an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Are You a Candidate for a Dental Implant?
You may be a candidate for a dental implant if you have lost a tooth or teeth due to an accident or gum disease but are generally in good health, have enough bone in your jaw to support the implant, and are not currently suffering from periodontal disease.

Dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%, but depending on where the implant must be placed, other procedures may be necessary to ensure that there is sufficient bone for the implant's support. South Charlotte NC cosmetic dentists are happy to discuss options with you so you can make the best choice.

Caring for Your Dental Implant
Implants require the same level of care as your own teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings are necessary.

To gather more dental implant information and learn how implants can make you smile with confidence again, contact us today!

 

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