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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

How Oral Injury Can Lead to Tooth Loss

By Dr. Pinnix on January 04, 2017

A patient at the dentist's officeThe team at our Charlotte restorative dentistry practice has a great deal of experience addressing dental injuries and serious dental wellness issues. Among these is the loss of teeth, which causes a number of problems. Thankfully there are many treatments we can use to address these issues.

Physical trauma and injuries to the mouth are some of the most common causes of missing teeth. Let's take a moment to consider some of the common reasons oral injuries occur.

Slips and Falls

Slipping, tripping, and falling are some of the most common causes of dental injuries, tooth fractures, and missing teeth. This is particularly true when a person slips and is unable to stop their fall, or if they fall from a major height.

Contact and Combat Sports

Contact sports and combat sports can result in a number of injuries to the face, head, and mouth. This is a major danger with football, hockey, boxing, and mixed martial arts (MMA), though it can also be an issue in basketball and soccer. This is why wearing mouth protection and head protection is so important when playing sports.

Vehicle Accidents

Whether the accident occurs in a car, on a motorcycle, or on a bike, major collision can result in serious bodily harm. If an impact is directed at the head or face, the chances of losing a tooth or experiencing major tooth damage is high. Helmets and safety restraints are crucial for protecting yourself from serious harm.

Accidents While Eating

People take eating accidents for granted, but they can happen and be quite serious. An unpopped kernel of popcorn, a small bit of bone, or another hard object in your food can cause a major tooth fracture or even a crack that requires you to have the tooth extracted. Try to savor your food to avoid major injuries such as this.

Unexpected Tooth Fractures

People may have a nervous habit of biting or chewing on inedible objects, such as pens, pen caps, drinking straws, or fingernails. These can all do damage to the teeth in minor ways, and sometimes major ones. After wearing down your tooth structure, sometimes a nibble on a hard object can lead to serious damage or loss of a tooth.

Physical Altercations

People who get into a fight or who are assaulted may be seriously harmed in a variety of ways. Those who sustain blows to the head or face may experience tooth loss in addition to other major injuries, such as broken teeth or fractures to the jaw.

Can a Tooth That's Been Knocked Out Be Saved?

Yes, but it's important that you act quickly.

Be sure to grab the dislodged tooth by the crown rather than the root structure. Place the tooth in a cup of milk if possible. When no milk is available, place the dislodged tooth in your mouth securely between the cheek and your gums. If you are not seriously injured, rush to your dentist for emergency dental care services.

Treatments for Missing Teeth

If you wind up missing a tooth or a few teeth, there are, thankfully, quite a few options for treatment. These can restore the appearance of your smile as well as your ability to bite and chew normally. These treatments include the following:

  • Dental bridges
  • Partial dentures
  • Full dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Dental crowns supported by implants

We can discuss these in more detail during a consultation.

Contact Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

For more information about treating tooth loss and helping you have a smile that's health and beautiful, be sure to contact our state-of-the-art dental care center today. We look forward to discussing these matters with you in much greater detail during the consultation process.

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