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

Enjoy a Restored Smile with Treatment for Missing Teeth

By Dr. Pinnix on July 06, 2016

A senior woman with a healthy looking smileTooth loss can be devastating to your oral health and self esteem, making it difficult to eat and causing you to feel self conscious about the appearance of your smile. Don't let tooth loss keep you from enjoying your favorite foods or sharing your smile. Restorative dentistry treatments are available to replace missing teeth and repair dental damage, restoring oral health and confidence. To find out which treatment for missing teeth is right for you, schedule a consultation with Charlotte, NC dentists John M. Pinnix and George A. Betancourt.

The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

Replacing missing teeth is important for restoring the smile's beauty but, more importantly, it's necessary to protect your oral health. Over time, tooth loss can cause alignment issues as a result of changing chewing habits to compensate for missing teeth. This can also lead to uneven dental wear. Additionally, long-term tooth loss can lead to a loss of jawbone density. When jawbone is lost, the remaining teeth will shift and the jawbone may also change shape, affecting the overall appearance of the face.

Treatments for Missing Teeth

There are a variety of options to treat tooth loss and restore dental function. Patients who are healthy enough for surgery may wish to consider dental implant treatment. For those who are not able to undergo surgery, or simply prefer non-surgical treatments, traditional dental bridges and traditional removable dentures are popular treatment options.

Dental Implants

Dental implants offer the permanent and secure replacement of missing teeth. Dental implant treatment requires minor surgery and in some cases, preparatory treatment such as bone grafting. During treatment, a small, screw-like post is inserted through the gums and placed into the jawbone. The jawbone then heals around the implant, a process called osseointegration, and creates a permanent bond. Dental implants may be paired with different restorations to replace one or more missing teeth. These restorations include:

  • Dental crowns for individual tooth replacement
  • Implant-supported bridges for multiple tooth replacement
  • Implant-supported dentures for replacement of a full arch of teeth

Dental Bridges

Those who are interested in non-surgical treatment to replace one or two missing teeth may benefit from traditional dental bridges. Traditional dental bridges are made of one or two artificial teeth sandwiched between two dental crowns. These dental crowns are bonded to the two nearest remaining teeth to replace the missing tooth or teeth.

In circumstances in which multiple teeth are missing, dental bridges may be paired with dental implants. Implant-supported bridges attach to two dental implants, or one dental implant and a remaining tooth, to replace multiple teeth with one restoration. 


Traditional removable dentures are a common option for replacing full arches of teeth without surgery. Traditional removable dentures are custom-made from impressions taken of the gums, creating a snug fit. Traditional removable dentures help restore dental function and appearance.

Implant-supported dentures offer a great solution to those who wish to have more stability and improved dental function from their dentures. Using three to five dental implants, implant-supported dentures anchor within the mouth, allowing denture wearers to enjoy improved dental function.

Which Treatment Is Right for You?

For more information about treatments for missing teeth and to find out which treatment is right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt.

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