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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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
Gum disease is a progressive condition that can seriously threaten the health of the teeth and the structure of the smile. Fortunately, with routine dental exams and cleanings, most patients can have gum disease diagnosed and treated before it reaches its more advanced stages.
At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we offer a range of periodontal care services to improve gum health and protect the overall health of the smile. Here, patients can learn more about the stages of gum disease, and the services available to our Charlotte, NC patients. We can perform treatment to restore gum health and prevent the most serious complications of gum disease, including tooth loss.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is extremely common. Most patients who are suffering from gingivitis do not realize that they have the condition until it is diagnosed by one of our dentists. It is rare for gingivitis to cause any noticeable side effects. Although the gums may darken and swell slightly, it is usually not obvious enough to cause any concern on the part of the patient. Fortunately, gingivitis is fairly easy to treat. In most cases, a thorough dental cleaning, followed by an improvement in oral hygiene habits is enough to get gingivitis under control.
If a patient neglects oral care or skips a routine dental cleaning, gingivitis may develop into a more serious condition. Without treatment, gum disease will progress and it is likely that periodontal pockets will form. Periodontal pockets are spaces between the gums and the base of the teeth.
Periodontal pockets are dangerous because bacteria can buildup in these crevices, making it easier for bacteria to reach underlying gum tissues. Periodontal pockets require more than a routine dental cleaning. Once the pockets have formed, patients will need to undergo a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing.
During this treatment, bacteria will be removed from the crown of the tooth, as well as the tooth that lies beneath the gum line. The roots of the tooth will then be planed, or smoothed out, to make it more difficult for bacteria to cling to the roots of the teeth. This cleaning usually includes an antibacterial rinse that further ensures that bacteria are removed. With bacteria under control, the gums will be able to heal and grow new tissues so that periodontal pockets can close up.
If periodontal pockets are not treated appropriately, bacteria will continue to thrive beneath the gum line. Gum infection, also known as periodontitis, can result in symptoms such as red, swollen gums, bleeding gums, gum recession, and halitosis. In many cases, periodontitis can be successfully treated with scaling and root planing, the same treatment method used to address periodontal pockets. This treatment eliminates infection and allows the gum tissues to heal and regenerate.
As periodontitis progresses, the threat to oral health becomes more severe. The gums, connective tissues, and jawbone are all at risk when infection takes over. As the gums continue to recede, patients may notice a loosening of the teeth. Once teeth are loose, the patient has reached the advanced stages of periodontitis. Advanced periodontitis may not be adequately treated with scaling and root planing. Patients experiencing this stage of gum disease often require surgical treatment, which may include gum grafting, bone grafting, or tooth extraction.
No matter how advanced gum disease may be, the experienced dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney can improve your oral health. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about our periodontal services and which may be most appropriate for your unique situation.