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

Recognizing the Causes of Tooth Pain Allows for Proper Treatment

By Dr. Pinnix on April 06, 2016

Woman holding the side of her mouth in painThe teeth are in near constant use, so if an individual is experiencing tooth pain, it can make even the most basic oral functions difficult. Unfortunately, there are many oral health problems that can impact the teeth and cause them to become more sensitive and more vulnerable to pain. Restorative dentistry treatments restore the health of the teeth and gums in order to prevent tooth pain and restore comfortable oral functions. However, in order to adequately treat tooth pain, it is important to know what is causing it. The experienced dental team at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney discusses some common causes of tooth pain that may affect our Charlotte, NC patients, as well as the dental treatments that can address these issues in order to relieve patients of oral discomfort.

Causes of Tooth Pain

The teeth, gums, and soft tissues of the mouth all work together, so if any one of these becomes compromised, all of them can be affected. Because of this, tooth pain is not always directly related to the teeth. Damage, infection, and inflammation of the teeth, gums, or other soft tissues can all lead to tooth pain and heightened sensitivity. While this pain is uncomfortable for patients, it is a protective mechanism that alerts individuals to the fact that there is a dental complication that must be addressed. Below are some of the oral health problems that most commonly result in tooth pain:

  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth erosion
  • Gingivitis/periodontal disease
  • Root canal infection
  • Traumatic oral injury
  • Severe chip, crack, or fracture
  • Loose or damaged dental work

Because these causes of tooth pain all result in similar types of symptoms, it is important to see a dentist when any discomfort is present so that the mouth can be examined to determine the most likely source of the pain.

Treating Tooth Pain

In order to eliminate tooth pain, it is important to restore oral health. This means that the cause of tooth pain will need to be addressed with restorative dental treatment. Once the cause of tooth pain has been determined, the specific treatment plan will be determined. Below are some treatments that may be useful in eliminating tooth pain:

  • Dental fillings: Fillings can address minor to moderate cases of tooth decay
  • Inlays and onlays: Inlays and onlays can address larger areas of decay or erosion that cannot be repaired with a dental filling
  • Dental crowns: Dental crowns can restore and protect a tooth damaged by decay, erosion, or a serious oral injury
  • Root canal therapy: Root canal therapy cleans a tooth to eliminate an infection of the tooth’s pulp and roots
  • Periodontal treatment: Periodontal treatment treats an infection of the gums, commonly known as gum disease

Schedule an Appointment

If you are experiencing tooth pain, your body is alerting you to an underlying oral health problem. It is important to see one of the experienced dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney so that this condition can be treated and oral comfort can be restored. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about our comprehensive range of restorative dentistry treatments.

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