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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

All for One: Candidates for All-On-4® Dental Implants

By Dr. Pinnix on May 07, 2016

All-on-Four dental implant treatmentAdvanced Dentistry of Blakeney is one of the leading dental care centers in Charlotte, helping people look their very best through advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry. This includes state-of-the-art aesthetic care as well as the use of dental implants to address problems with missing teeth.

When patients are missing many teeth, All-On-4® may be the right option to consider. Let's consider the problems associated with tooth loss and how All-On-4® may be right for you.

The Problems Caused by Major Tooth Loss

If you are missing many teeth, this can lead to a number of problems that affect your general health as well as the appearance of your smile.

For major tooth loss, the overall look of your smile is totally different, and you may feel self-conscious about laughing and smiling, even around people you have known for years. Similarly, major tooth loss can lead to sunken, drooping, or hollow lips and cheeks, which can drastically change the appearance of your facial features.

When missing many teeth, it can be very difficult to eat a healthy diet, which may mean significant issues with health, wellness, nutrition, and weight.

To address these issues, dentures are often ideal, but there is a way to anchor them in place. That option is known as All-On-4®.

About All-On-4®

All-On-4® is a system that involves the support of a denture using four dental implants. With just four dental implants strategically placed, All-On-4® can allow people to bite, chew, smile, and speak as if they have their natural teeth in place.

How All-On-4® Works

All on four involves the use of advanced materials and technology, with the latest implants and abutments carefully placed using state-of-the-art technology to determine optimal implant placement. Only four dental implants are necessary since the implants for the outer portion of the denture are positioned diagonally, which helps maintain stability and distribute pressure along the dental arch.

General Candidacy for All-On-4®

Good candidates for All-On-4® are people in generally good dental health who are missing many of their teeth along the upper dental arch or the lower dental arch. Patients should be well enough that they will not suffer from heath issues as a result of oral surgery. They should understand the risks and benefits of All-On-4® treatment, and have realistic expectations about the treatment process, including the overall cost of the procedure.

Bone and Gum Tissue Density

In order to qualify for All-On-4®, it's important that patients have sufficient bone and gum density. The dental implants are held in place by the living structures of the mouth, and to remain in place properly, a process known as osseointegration must occur. One major difficult to consider is that tooth loss over long periods of time often results in the loss of bone and gum density.

If a patient lacks sufficient jawbone density or gum tissue, soft tissue or bone grafting procedures may be performed to build up these tissues. When this is not a good option, alternatives to the use of dental implants can be considered.

Tailoring a Treatment to Your Needs

During the consultation process, we will be more than happy to go over all of your options for treating tooth loss. This will help you get the treatment you need to have the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible.

Schedule a Consultation at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

If you would like more information about All-On-4® and your many other options for dealing with tooth loss, be sure to contact our advanced dental care center today. The team at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney looks forward to your visit and discussing these matters with you in greater detail.

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