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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

The Benefits of CEREC Porcelain Crowns

By Dr. Pinnix on June 04, 2015

A man smiling in a roomHere at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we are pleased to offer patients from throughout the greater Charlotte area some of the finest dental care technology available. This includes the use of CEREC dental crowns, which are porcelain restorations for damaged teeth.

Let's consider the nature of CEREC crowns right now, with a special focus on the many benefits of getting CEREC crowns placed.

About CEREC Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns are dental crowns that are the color of a patient's natural teeth. These crows are fashioned from porcelain and special advanced dental ceramics in order to blend in seamless with a patient's natural teeth. With porcelain dental crowns in place, few people will notice that you have a dental restoration in place.

Ideal Candidates for Porcelain Crowns

The best candidates for porcelain crowns are people who have experienced a major issue with the health of a tooth's structure. In general, this means problems with major chips in a tooth, serious cracks in a tooth, or major tooth decay that has affected much of the tooth itself. In these cases, the dental cap will protect the remaining healthy tooth structure of the tooth in question.

Great for Prominent Teeth in Your Smile

In general, one of the optimal places for porcelain crowns to be located is the front six teeth of your smile. This allows patients to smile without anyone noticing that there is a crown in place. Whereas metal crowns would be very noticeable in these front six teeth, a well-made porcelain crown is practically impossible to spot.

CEREC Dental Crowns Are Ready In One Visit

Old dental crowns used to take two visits that were several days apart in order to place them. Not so with CEREC dental crowns. Dentists are able to prep a tooth, take a digital impression, send that digital information to an on-site dental lab, and fashion a custom dental crown.

Patients genuinely enjoy the fact that CEREC dental crowns save them a great deal of time. They no longer need to take two days out of their schedule, and instead receive fast and state-of-the-art restorative care.

The Restorations Look Completely Natural

Patients often ask how natural the CEREC dental crowns are when compared to real teeth. As we noted above, when you have a CEREC crown in place, it is difficult to distinguish it from a natural tooth. The block of CEREC porcelain is aesthetically very similar to natural tooth structure, which means it looks great in daylight, nightlight, natural light, and artificial light.

Excellent Durability and Strength

On top of all the aesthetic benefits of CEREC porcelain crowns, the material is very durable. Patients are able to bite and chew with confidence, and they can still enjoy their favorite foods without worrying about a sudden chip or crack forming in the restoration.

Schedule a Consultation to Learn More About Porcelain Crowns

For more information about porcelain crowns and your many other options for aesthetically pleasing dental restorations, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team here at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you have the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible.

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