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 (email@example.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.
Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney
One of the top priorities at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney is providing our patients with quality dental care that will assist them in maintaining strong, healthy teeth. However, we know that there are many factors that threaten the structure of the teeth and leave patients dealing with oral health problems. Our dentists are happy to offer several restorative dentistry treatments that rebuild tooth strength and repair a wide range of dental problems.
One type of dental damage includes dental abfractions, which are notches that form in the tooth by the gum line. These notches compromise tooth strength and leave the roots of the tooth vulnerable to infection. Fortunately, patients can undergo treatment for dental abfractions at our Charlotte, NC practice. This treatment restores the strength and structure of the tooth while protecting the delicate nerves.
Our dentists approach oral health problems in two ways. First, we repair dental damage to restore oral strength and health. Second, we address the underlying cause of the issue to ensure the problem doesn’t develop again.
So, what is it that causes dental abfractions? Dental abfractions are notches that form by the gum line, and gradually deepen over time. These notches are a result of excessive pressure and force. The enamel by the gum line tends to be softer, which is why the notches form on this area of the tooth.
The two most common causes of dental abfractions are aggressive tooth brushing (or brushing with a hard-bristled tooth brush) and bruxism, which is the act of clenching and grinding the teeth. Both of these habits expose the softer tissues of the tooth to more wear and tear than they are meant to withstand.
The most common treatment for dental abfractions is a tooth-colored filling, or dental bonding. During this treatment, a tooth-colored dental compound is applied directly to the damaged tooth. Just like a filling “fills” in a cavity formed by decay, this bonding material fills in the notch of a dental abfraction.
When the abfraction has been filled, the compound is shaped to the tooth to restore its natural appearance. Finally, the compound is hardened. While the bonding compound hardens it also forms a bond with the tooth, which improves oral strength. Aside from restoring the strength and structure of the tooth, dental bonding treatment seals off the sensitive roots of the tooth to prevent a root canal infection.
Once a tooth has been restored, we will provide any necessary treatment to prevent another abfraction from forming. If aggressive tooth brushing is a concern, we will discuss proper tooth brushing techniques and recommend a toothbrush that is not likely to cause dental damage.
More commonly, a patient is in need of a dental mouth guard. A dental mouth guard is worn over a patient’s teeth while they sleep to prevent the grinding and clenching that can cause dental abfractions and other oral damage.
A dental abfraction compromises tooth strength and increases the risk of other dental complications, so it is important to treat one as soon as possible. To learn how restorative dentistry treatment can improve the health and strength of your smile, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney at your earliest convenience.