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

The Most Common Causes of Tooth Loss - And How to Avoid Them

By Dr. Pinnix on August 02, 2016

An illustration of tooth beneath a clear dome, the dome representing good oral hygiene that can protect the tooth from harmRestorative dentistry has come a long way through the years. Whereas the point of restorative dentistry 40 or 50 years ago would have been exclusively to return function and health to structurally damaged teeth, modern restorative dentistry is able to accomplish this and give patients aesthetically pleasing, natural-looking smiles, as well. Patients with damaged or missing teeth have never had better options at their disposal in terms of restoring function, health, and beauty to their smiles.

However, it remains true that the best treatment for damaged teeth is prevention. As strong and cosmetically appealing as modern dental restorations may be, there is no substitute for a healthy, intact natural tooth. And the best way to ensure the prolonged health of your natural teeth, whether you currently have all of them or want to preserve those that you have left, is to visit the dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings and thorough oral exams as recommended by the American Dental Association.

At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, Dr. John M. Pinnix and Dr. George A. Betancourt can restore your mouth to its optimal state and then provide you with the care you need to maintain excellent oral health for a lifetime. They will also provide you with the education you need in order to protect your healthy smile, including education about the causes of tooth loss, at their Charlotte, NC dental practice. The more you know about the causes of tooth loss, the more likely you will be to avoid them.

Whether you have all of your natural teeth or you are missing one, several, or all of them, we encourage you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney today. Whatever the state of your oral health, we can help you achieve the smile you desire.

What Are the Most Common Reasons That People Lose Their Natural Teeth?

Below are the three most common reasons that adults lose their natural teeth. Unfortunately, even those adults who take exceptionally good care of their teeth may lose a tooth due to injury, trauma, or disease. However, the following reasons are generally within the control of people:

  1. Periodontal disease: Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults - not surprising since it is also the most common disease in general among adults. Periodontal disease is particularly devastating in the more advanced of its two forms, periodontitis. In this form, the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets where bacteria can take refuge, while the jaw bone that underlies and provides support to the teeth begins to degrade. If left untreated, periodontitis will invariably lead to tooth loss.
  2. Root canal infections: Each of your teeth contains up to four chambers called root canals that house a substance called dental pulp. This pulp is fundamental to the health and nutrition of the tooth. When the pulp is exposed to bacteria due to a structural compromise in the tooth, however, it can become infected, which leads to tooth pain and the eventual death of the tooth. The tooth can be salvaged if the pulp is surgically removed and the tooth is sealed off with a crown in a timely fashion. If this surgical procedure is not performed soon after the root canal is breached, however, the tooth will have to be extracted or it will eventually die in the mouth.
  3. Cavities: Many root canal infections begin with cavities. If caught in their earliest stages, cavities can be treated before they cause extensive damage or pain. When cavities are left untreated, however, teeth will eventually need to be extracted, or they will die.

Learn More about the Causes of Tooth Loss

If you would like to learn more about the causes of tooth loss and how they can be avoided, please contact Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney today. If you already suffer from missing teeth, we can provide a range of restorative treatments, from crowns to dentures, to rehabilitate your smile. 

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