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

6 Truths You Need to Know About Tooth Extractions

By SEO Admin on July 07, 2014

Tooth extractions are a necessary evil when it comes to dentist. Most dentists in South Blakeney understand how frightening this process can be for the average person. There are a lot of misconceptions about tooth removal that cause people to worry excessively about the process. The following six pieces of information are vital for anybody who is going through the difficult process of tooth removal, including wisdom teeth removal.

The Process
Tooth extractions are essentially the process of removing a tooth from the socket in the bone in your jaw. Dentists will perform a variety of pain killing procedures to help make the process as painless as possible. Often, they will inject you with a pain killing element or even knock you out during the process. Dentists in south Blakeney will then try to pull the tooth out using dentistry equipment, such as pliers or cutting saws.

Why You Need One
Removing teeth is necessary when they become too damaged to remain healthy and could lead to serious health problems if left in your mouth. Leaving a heavily damaged tooth in your mouth can cause it to become infected. This infection can then spread through your gums and cause serious health concerns, such as gingivitis or rotting gums.

Reasons for Removal
There are other reasons, not related to decaying teeth, that a dentist may remove a tooth. These include:

  • Teeth overcrowding
  • Braces
  • People receiving radiation treatment
  • Crooked tooth growing in an awkward way

Talk to your dentist about removing teeth if any of these situations occur.

Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common tooth extractions. Wisdom teeth are those teeth in the back of the mouth that come in during your early adult years. Often, there isn't enough room in your mouth for these teeth to grow. As a result, they must be pulled out before they cause you serious problems.

Dental Insurance Coverage
Generally speaking, most dentists in South Blakeney will accept a wide variety of health insurance providers. This helps you avoid paying for tooth removal processes from out of your own pocket. However, you must make sure that your health insurance covers dental procedures. Sometimes, health insurance providers leave off dental coverage and you must pay a little extra to receive it. Discuss this with your insurance provider before extracting teeth.

Who Performs Teeth Removal?
A dental hygienist is the person who cleans your teeth during routine visits. However, the actual, licensed dentist will oversee and perform the tooth removal process. You may not see your regular dentist during normal visits, but he will be the one removing your teeth.

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