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

Restore Your Smile with Inlays and Onlays

By Dr. Pinnix on March 09, 2015

Close-up of a bright, white, flawless smileYou don't have to be embarrassed by dental damage. Restorative dentistry treatments, like inlays and onlays, can treat dental damage while also improving appearance so you can smile with confidence. Inlays and onlays are a great option for improving dental appearance and function. They can even be used to replace old metal fillings to create a flawless smile. To find out more about inlays and onlays and how they can improve your smile, read this overview from Charlotte cosmetic dentists John M. Pinnix and George A. Betancourt.

What Are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are types of dental restorations used to treat dental damage and improve dental appearance. Both inlays and onlays are used to treat dental decay, repair fractures, or replace old metal fillings. Though inlays and onlays can be made of gold, most are made of tooth-colored materials, including composite resin or porcelain. Composite resin and porcelain can be custom-shaded to match the surrounding teeth for a seamless blend. Though inlays and onlays are used in similar ways, there are some slight differences between the two restorations.

  • Inlays: Inlays are used to treat tooth decay isolated to the cusps, which are the bumpy structures on the biting surface of the molars.
  • Onlays: Onlays are used when decay or damage is more severe, extending beyond one or more cusps. Onlays are sometimes called partial crowns as they can be used to repair partially broken or fractured teeth, specifically when most of the tooth is healthy enough not to require a full dental crown.

The Treatment Process for Inlays and Onlays

Traditionally, the treatment process for inlays and onlays required two dental visits. The first to take an impression of the teeth to be sent to a dental lab to craft the inlay or onlay, and the second to place the finished restoration. Using CEREC® technology, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt are able to custom-make inlays and onlays in-office so treatment can be completed in a single visit.

The Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

There are many benefits to inlays and onlays, including:

  • Improved appearance: Inlays and onlays are tooth-colored restorations that seamlessly blend with the surrounding tooth, leading to a flawless, improved dental appearance.
  • Restore oral health: Untreated dental damage will lead to bigger, more painful dental issues. Inlays and onlays treat dental damage, including decay and fractures, to restore oral health.
  • Prevent further dental damage: As stated above, untreated dental damage leads to bigger dental health problems. Inlays and onlays treatment can prevent dental damage from progressing.
  • Restore dental strength: Inlays and onlays are directly bonded to the teeth, improving dental strength.
  • Durable: Both composite resin and porcelain are durable materials, making inlays and onlays last for years.
  • Prevents damage caused by silver fillings: Traditional silver metal fillings are actually harmful to the teeth. Over time, they can discolor the teeth to a gray tint and cause the teeth to crack. This is because silver amalgam used in fillings expands and contracts with temperature changes. The constant expansion and contraction can cause silver fillings to fall out, or worse, break the teeth. The materials used to make inlays and onlays don't fluctuate in size like silver fillings, making them safer for your teeth.

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Find out if inlays and onlays are right for you. Schedule a consultation today!

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