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

Dental Fillings vs. Crowns - Which Is the Right Choice for You?

By Dr. Pinnix on September 02, 2016

An illustration of a dental crownIf you have a dental cavity, fracture, or an otherwise injured tooth, you may be wondering if a dental filling or crown is the appropriate treatment option. Both of these restorative dentistry treatments effectively restore the health and appearance of damaged teeth. However, there are many differences between the two procedures, including the degree of damage that they can treat and the manner in which the treatments are performed. At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, Dr. John M Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt can examine your mouth and review your x-rays to determine if a dental filling or crown is best suited to your needs. To learn more about dental fillings vs. crowns, read on, and then contact our Charlotte, NC practice to find out which treatment is right for you.

Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are the more conservative treatment option. Whenever possible, we will restore your tooth with a filling, as this treatment reserves more of your natural tooth structure.


Candidates for a dental filling include those with:

  • A small to medium-sized cavity
  • A dental crack or fracture
  • A chipped tooth

Dental Materials

At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we use tooth-colored fillings, which are made of a composite resin material. This material can be tinted to match the shade of the surrounding tooth structure for a seamless and natural appearance.

The Procedure

The dental filling treatment process can be completed in a single dental appointment. To begin treatment, we will administer local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Then we will remove any diseased or infected tooth structure.

Next, we will fill in any cavities, cracks, or chips with the composite resin. This involves the application and shaping of the resin material, and then the hardening of the resin with a special light. Additional layers of the composite resin can be added to completely fill any cavities and restore proper bite alignment. When the tooth has been filled, the bite is refined and the tooth is polished, completing treatment.

Dental Crowns

If a dental filling will not provide the tooth with the strength and support it needs to withstand the daily pressures of biting and chewing, we may recommend a dental crown.


Candidates for a dental crown include those with:

  • A large cavity
  • A large filling that requires replacement
  • A root canal infection
  • A large fracture or chip

Dental Materials

We use high quality dental porcelain, which can be matched to the shade of your teeth. In addition, the porcelain has a translucent shell, just like the teeth, giving the crowns a natural and beautiful appearance.

The Procedure

Generally, the dental crown treatment process requires two dental appointments. However, we employ the use of CEREC® technology, which allows us to craft your crowns in-office.

The treatment begins with the use of local anesthetic and cleaning the tooth to remove any infected material. Then, we will remove some tooth structure from the perimeter of the tooth to create room for the crown. Next, we will take digital impressions of your tooth using the CEREC® system, which will then mill the crown in less than an hour. When the crown is fabricated, it will be cemented onto your tooth, completing the treatment process.

To find out if a dental filling or crown is right for you, contact Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney today.

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