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


At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we employ state-of-the-art technology to improve virtually every aspect of patient care. Among other tools, we proudly utilize digital dental x-rays in our Charlotte, NC, office. With this system, Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt can efficiently diagnose dental conditions and plan the most personalized and effective treatments possible. Digital systems offer several important benefits over traditional imaging. These advantages include less radiation, immediate image processing, and high-quality pictures. In addition, digital x-rays contribute to our commitment to patient education. 

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Digital x-rays provide clearer scans for more precise treatment.

How Do Digital X-Rays Work?

There are two primary types of digital dental x-rays. Intraoral x-rays result in very detailed images of individual teeth. Extraoral images will show your entire mouth and jaw structure. A digital x-ray system emits safe beams of energy. These rays are less invasive, but no less effective, than stronger traditional x-rays.

Soft tissues, such as skin, muscles, and ligaments, cannot absorb x-ray light. Therefore, the x-ray energy will pass through your body, striking a digital sensor on the other side. Conversely, metal does absorb x-rays. The calcium found in hard tissues is considered a metal. Therefore, your teeth and bones will not be able to absorb the light. Accordingly, they will leave a dark shadow on the x-ray image. Your dentist will examine the clearer negative, which is why your hard tissues will appear white.

Applications for Digital Dental X-Rays

Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt use digital x-rays to perform a wide array of functions and to diagnose underlying health issues. The uses of digital x-rays include:

  • Providing scans of your jawbone to diagnose bone recession (a condition that can compromise your eligibility for dental implants)
  • Providing images of your entire mouth to detect misalignment or damage to jaw joints
  • Showing incoming teeth to determine if you have enough room 
  • Diagnosing an impacted wisdom tooth
  • Revealing hidden decay
  • Enabling earlier diagnoses and more accurate treatment
  • Often preventing the need for more extensive treatment

The Benefits of Digital X-Rays

Digital and traditional x-rays work similarly. However, digital imaging has several unique advantages over older systems. These benefits include:

  • Less radiation: Digital systems emit up to 80 percent less radiation than traditional x-ray machines. 
  • Better image quality: Digital x-rays produce images that are both larger and sharper than film x-rays. We are also able to zoom in on these images. Therefore, Dr. Pinnix and Dr. Betancourt can diagnose dental problems more quickly and accurately than they could in the past.
  • Conservative: With faster diagnoses, your dentist can often perform less invasive treatments. For example, catching decay in the early stages, he can usually place a simple filling, rather than a full dental crown.
  • Efficient: Digital x-rays are faster than film x-rays. As a result, your appointments will be quicker, and you can get back to your routine as soon as possible.

Digital systems emit up to 80 percent less radiation than traditional x-ray machines.

  • Digital archiving: We can store and access digital x-rays more easily than we can film images. In addition, we can quickly share them with other healthcare professionals when necessary. Finally, we can show you the images so that you can make more informed choices regarding your dental treatment.
  • More environmentally friendly: Digital imaging does not require any developing agents or products and greatly reduces chemical waste.
  • Affordable: X-rays are essential for your oral health. Therefore, both standard and digital x-rays are typically covered by insurance.

The significant benefits of digital x-rays ensure our patients can receive the best level of care during every visit.

Contact Us for More Information

Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney is dedicated to providing all of our patients with the most advanced treatment options. To learn more about digital x-rays and their outstanding benefits, contact Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney online or call us at (704) 543-1102. 

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8918 Blakeney Professional Dr
Ste 100
Charlotte, NC 28277

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