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 (, 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 Contouring for Receding Gums

By Dr. Pinnix on February 20, 2018

Have you had – or are you thinking about – treatment for receding gums? Tissue grafting is an excellent way to restore healthy gums around the dental roots for a strong and stable smile. In most cases, the gums heal beautifully. However, in some instances, the new gum tissue may appear bulky or excessive. Our doctors at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney in Charlotte, NC can perform laser gum contouring for patients who would like to address these concerns. Gum contouring for receding gums can restore your smile to its original brilliance and beauty, greatly improving your confidence in your appearance.

up close photograph of a person with a gummy smile

Tissue Grafting vs Gum Contouring

It is first important to understand the differences between tissue grafting and gum contouring. Tissue grafting is a type of gum surgery used to add tissue to areas where the patient is deficient. For example, if the gums are pulling away from the teeth and the roots are visible, tissue grafting would be necessary.

In contrast, gum contouring is performed when there is too much gum tissue present. During this procedure, the doctor removes excess tissue and reshapes the gum line. These procedures are independent of one another. If a patient undergoes gum grafting, it does not mean they will require gum contouring in the future. Additionally, patients can also be born with excess gum tissue. In many of these cases, these individuals wish to balance out the appearance of their smile with a cosmetic gum contouring procedure.

Who is a Candidate for Gum Contouring?

Patients considering gum contouring typically have excess gum tissue resulting in a “gummy smile.” They may also have an asymmetrical or uneven gum line. Occasionally, gum contouring is also used to reduce the tissue around a tooth before a restoration is placed. For example, if there is too much tissue near the treatment site, a dental crown may not fit properly. Gum contouring can address this concern. Otherwise, patients should be in good oral health, and be free from decay and periodontal disease. If these issues are present, restorative treatment should be performed first before pursuing any type of cosmetic procedure.

Laser Dentistry for Greater Accuracy and Minimal Discomfort

At our practice, we use a diode laser to perform gum contouring. Because there are no incisions or stitches involved in this procedure, patients can enjoy:

  • Minimized bleeding
  • Less swelling
  • Little to no discomfort
  • Greater accuracy
  • Increased surgical precision
  • Faster healing time

A Boost in Confidence

The gums should effectively frame the teeth rather than be the primary focal point. If you feel embarrassed or self-conscious about your gummy smile, laser gum contouring could be just the solution for you. Our doctors take all facial features into consideration when planning your treatment. The goal is to bring the lips, teeth, and gums into a more aesthetically pleasing relationship with one another. When you look and feel your best, it shows. Gum contouring can turn your smile into something you’re proud of.

Enhance Your Smile

If you have undergone tissue grafting and you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, consider laser gum contouring. Even if you have not had gum surgery in the past, minimally invasive laser contouring can reshape uneven gums for a beautifully balanced appearance. To learn more about this procedure, contact us schedule an appointment online today.

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