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 (admin@blakeneysmiles.com), 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.

Best,

Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

Tough Breaks: Treatments for Tooth Fractures

By Dr. Pinnix on February 04, 2017

A digital model of a toothIf you have a tooth that is seriously fractured, it poses a number of cosmetic issues and general health and wellness issues. Thankfully we have plenty of treatment options here at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, a leading restorative dentistry center serving the people of Charlotte.

We'd like to take a moment to consider the dangers posed by tooth fractures and what treatment options may be the right one for you.

The Dangers of Fractured Teeth

In terms of dental health, a fractured tooth can result in dental pain, toothaches, tooth sensitivity, which can make biting and chewing very uncomfortable. In addition, a fractured tooth increased the risk of a root canal infection and tooth loss.

As far as the aesthetics of your smile is concerned, a fractured tooth can leave you feeling self-conscious about laughing and smiling around others, including loved ones and people you have known for years. If your job involves a lot of public interaction, it could make your professional life much more difficult as well.

Dental Bonding

For very minor chips and cracks that are cosmetic in nature, your best option for treatment is typically a little bit of dental bonding. Dental bonding involves the use of tooth-colored dental resin that is painted onto the tooth itself. The resin is polished and blended to make the cosmetic work appear seamless. The fracture will be hidden from view and your tooth will look just fine.

Porcelain Veneers

For more serious tooth fractures that are still predominantly cosmetic in nature, porcelain veneers are a good option to consider. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that can be affixed to the fronts of the teeth. With porcelain veneers in place, cosmetic flaws are hidden from view and a tooth looks pristine and perfect. Porcelain veneers can also be used to mask stains, small gaps, and issues with tooth alignment.

Dental Fillings

For more serious fractures that affect the structure of a tooth, your best option is a dental restoration. Fillings are ideal for minor fractures, allowing dentists to rebuild tooth structure and prevent serious health issues from occurring.

Inlays and Onlays

For major fractures that cannot be addressed through dental fillings alone, the best option to consider is an inlay or an onlay. Inlays and onlays are similar to dental fillings, though they are able to replace more of a tooth's structure, include the cusps (biting surfaces).

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are an option used when no other treatment may be ideal. The dental crown is used to cap a tooth that's severely damaged, protecting it from further harm and allowing a patient to bite and chew without discomfort.

What If a Tooth Cannot Be Restored?

If a tooth is so severely damaged that it cannot be saved, tooth extraction may be necessary. If this happens, there are different options to consider to replace the missing tooth, from a dental bridge to a crown supported by a dental implant. We can discuss these matters more during your visit.

Learn More About Dental Care Treatments

For more information about treating tooth fractures and enhancing your overall dental health and wellness, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team here at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney will work with you to enhance your smile.

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