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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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
Adult tooth loss is a problem that most patients would like to avoid, but one that many do experience at some point. Tooth loss results in a number of oral health concerns. Gaps in the teeth can compromise oral functions, threaten the health of adjacent teeth, and impact the structure of the jaw and smile. In addition, tooth loss affects the appearance of the smile. Restorative dentistry treatments enable our dentists to restore the strength, function, and beauty of the smile by addressing tooth loss. However, it is important to choose a restorative treatment that is appropriate for each patient’s unique situation. Dental bridges are appropriate for many patients, and patients can choose a traditional or implant-supported bridge. At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, our dentists discuss traditional vs. implant-supported dental bridges to help our Charlotte, NC patients decide which is best for them.
Dental bridges fill in gaps between teeth when adult tooth loss occurs. These restorations are fabricated to replicate either a single tooth or a small set of teeth. Traditionally, dental bridges are supported by dental crowns. By placing two dental crowns (one on each of the two teeth immediately adjacent to the gap left by tooth loss), our dentists create a strong and secure anchor for the pontic of the dental bridge.
Traditional dental bridge treatment requires just two dental appointments. It is an affordable treatment option for patients who have experienced tooth loss. Ideal candidates for a traditional dental bridge include those who have generally good oral health and strong, healthy teeth that can support the dental bridge.
An implant-supported dental bridge is a more modern approach to tooth loss. As with a traditional dental bridge, the center, pontic piece is fabricated to resemble the tooth or teeth that have been lost. However, rather than anchoring this restoration with dental crowns, our dentists can secure the dental bridge with dental implants. Dental implants are tiny screws that are surgically implanted into the jawbone, where they act as artificial tooth roots. The benefits of an implant-supported dental bridge are greater security, enhanced comfort, and increased durability.
Implant-supported dental bridges are more costly than a traditional dental bridge and do require multiple treatment procedures. In some cases, bone grafting or other preparatory procedures might be necessary. However, many patients feel that the enhanced benefits of an implant-supported bridge are well worth the extra time and cost of treatment. Implant-supported bridges may also be ideal for patients who do not wish to alter otherwise healthy adjacent teeth, or for those patients who do not have adjacent teeth that are strong enough to support a dental crown and bridge.
Dental treatments are never one-size-fits-all. Our dentists will be happy to examine the health of the teeth and discuss your personal preferences and dental expense budget to help you determine if you are better suited for a traditional or implant-supported dental bridge. At the end of the day, our goal is to provide patients with a restorative treatment that will give them a strong, healthy, beautiful smile while meeting their personal needs and desires.
If you have experienced tooth loss, there are several restorative dentistry treatments that can improve the strength and beauty of your smile. To learn more about these options, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney.