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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

Can Cavities Lead to Tooth Loss?

By Dr. Pinnix on October 07, 2016

Toothbrush and a dental mirrorWhen people go in for a routine dental appointment, most are hoping to receive a clean bill of oral health. However, it is not uncommon for minor dental problems to develop in between dental appointments. As long as patients maintain a routine schedule of checkups, these problems should be minor and relatively easy to address.

One of the most common dental complications is a cavity. Cavities are small areas of decay that compromise the structure of the tooth. Restorative dentistry treatments eliminate damaged tooth enamel and replace it with a strong and protective restoration. This not only restores the health of the tooth, but also helps to prevent more serious complications.

Unfortunately, some patients neglect routine dental exams, or the follow-up care that is recommended. This is when problems, such as tooth loss, can develop. We help patients avoid tooth loss from cavities through restorative treatment at our Charlotte, NC dental practice, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney.

Stages of Tooth Decay

Because cavities are such a common dental problem, many patients fail to take the condition seriously. Some patients are not concerned when they hear they have a dental cavity; as a result, they may delay necessary restorative dentistry treatment. By postponing treatment, patients increase the risk of further dental complications, including tooth loss. Tooth decay is a progressive condition. As decay advances, tooth loss becomes more of a risk. Below are the basic stages of tooth decay:

  • Minor tooth decay: Minor tooth decay refers to cases in which a small area of tooth enamel has been lost or damaged by decay. These small holes in the outer layer of tooth enamel are commonly known as cavities, and can be treated with a dental filling.
  • Moderate tooth decay: As decay advances to the moderate stage, more of the tooth will become damaged. Larger cavities can damage the biting surface between the tooth’s cusps, or even the cusps themselves. These larger areas of decay often cannot be adequately treated with a dental filling, and are likely to require an inlay or onlay.
  • Advanced tooth decay: Advanced tooth decay greatly compromises the structure of the tooth. Advanced tooth decay is especially dangerous because it exposes the inner layer of the tooth and increases the risk of a root canal infection. When this much damage has occurred, patients will probably need a dental crown to restore and protect the exposed surfaces of the tooth.

Preventing Tooth Loss from Cavities

In most circumstances, a dental cavity will not lead to tooth loss. These minor cases of decay can be effectively treated with a dental filling. During treatment, our experienced dentist will clean the affected tooth to remove any damaged tooth enamel. Then, a tooth-colored composite resin will be applied directly to the surface of the tooth. This material is shaped to the tooth so that it restores damaged enamel while maintaining the aesthetics of the tooth.

A dental filling strengthens the tooth, protects its inner nerves and tissues, and creates a barrier to block out harmful bacteria. As long as patients maintain a routine schedule of dental exams and cleanings, and undergo any necessary restorative dentistry treatment in a timely manner, there is no reason that a dental cavity should lead to tooth loss.

Schedule an Appointment

General dentistry services are a patient’s greatest defense against advanced dental complications and tooth loss. If you are due for a routine dental exam and are looking for caring and professional dental care, you will find what you are looking for at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about our full range of dental services.

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