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

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Dental Bridges

Even a single missing tooth can seriously impact your oral function, health, appearance, and self-confidence

At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we provide both traditional and implant-supported dental bridges to fill the gaps in your smile.

Wondering what a dental bridge can do for you?

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A Bridge Can Improve  Your Appearance and Quality of Life

Restore Oral Function

A dental bridge will fill gaps in your smile and reestablish your ability to bite and chew. You will be able to eat a more complete diet, and few foods will be off limits, especially if you choose a highly durable implant-supported restoration.

Create a Beautiful Smile

By filling in gaps, a bridge will keep your other teeth from shifting out of position. Dr. John M. Pinnix and Dr. George A. Betancourt can create a bridge which blends seamlessly with your natural teeth.

Benefit from Dental Implants

If you select an implant-supported restoration, the implant posts will prevent jawbone recession and additional tooth loss. In addition, your doctor will not need to alter your healthy teeth to support your bridge.

Take a closer look at how an implant-supported bridge works...

Feeling self-conscious about missing teeth?

Is a Traditional Dental Bridge the Right Type of Restoration for You?

Dental bridges are typically appropriate if you are missing between one and three teeth. If you have lost more teeth, a removable or fixed denture is typically a better option. To be a candidate for a bridge, your remaining teeth must be healthy enough to support the restoration. If they are severely weakened or decayed, your dentist may need to remove them and provide a larger restoration such as a full denture.

Implant-Supported Bridges versus Traditional Bridges

implant-supported bridgeImplant-supported bridges are very similar to traditional bridges. However, instead of being supported by dental crowns placed over adjacent teeth, implant-supported bridges attach to small titanium posts embedded in the jaw. The number of posts placed will depend on the size of the bridge. 

If you are considering an implant-supported bridge, your jawbone must be strong enough for treatment. Our dentists will use x-rays and other imaging to examine your jaw and determine whether implants are a good option for you. Dental implants are placed in the jawbone, where they integrate with surrounding tissues. If your jawbone has started to recede, it may not be stable enough for this treatment. If this is the case, Dr. Pinnix can perform a bone graft or sinus lift, which will restore lost tissue and enable you to receive implants. 

A dental bridge can improve your appearance, oral function, and overall quality of life. The restoration will fill in gaps in your smile and reestablish your ability to bite and chew.

Though they require a greater investment of time and money, an implant-supported bridge offers many advantages over traditional restoration options. With traditional bridges, the teeth surrounding the gap in your smile must be altered for crown placement. Since implant-supported restorations do not rely on teeth for support, they require no removal of healthy tissue. They are also extremely stable, and you can depend on them to stay in place while you eat, speak, and smile.

In addition, implants are the only method of tooth replacement that protects your jawbone against atrophy. An implant-supported restoration replaces your entire tooth from root to crown. By replacing tooth roots, the implant signals your body to send resources to that area of the jaw. Without tooth roots, the body will begin to distribute the bone tissue of the jaw elsewhere. With proper care, your implant posts can last a lifetime and facilitate long-term oral health.

Budgeting for an Implant Bridge

Most insurance plans contribute to the cost of a bridge, but few contribute to the cost of dental implants. We want to make this option accessible to all patients. We accept CareCredit® and Citi® Health Card financing help make this incredibly beneficial treatment a fit for most budgets through affordable monthly payments.

Explore Your Candidacy

To qualify for dental implants, you must be in good oral health and have sufficient tissue in your jawbone to support the implants. For certain patients, compromised implant candidacy can be restored by undergoing a preparatory procedure such as a bone graft or sinus lift.

For patients missing two or more consecutive teeth, an implant-supported bridge can provide a comfortable, natural-looking solution with many important benefits.

If you have an oral health condition such as gum disease or tooth decay, we must resolve these issues before placing implants. Smokers must be willing to cease the habit for a period before and after implant surgery. Ideally, they should break the habit for good. Uncontrolled diabetes can also preclude patients from receiving implants. We can help create a strategy that allows implants to become a beneficial component of your smile.

If you have certain conditions which prevent you from receiving an implant bridge, our doctors can provide a conventional bridge to restore the form and function of your smile.

What Happens when You Receive a Bridge?

When you receive a traditional bridge, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will reshape the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. Some patients might choose to undergo sedation prior to this step, while other are comfortable with a local anesthetic. Your doctor will then take impressions, either manually or with our CAD/CAM scanner. Your practitioner will use these highly precise measurements to design your bridge. Bridges can be made from several different materials. For the most realistic appearance, we usually recommend porcelain or zirconia. However, in some cases, a metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal restoration may be appropriate. Once your new, custom-made bridge is ready, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will attach it to your teeth.

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Dental bridges restore your smile by filling gaps between the teeth.

If you choose an implant-supported bridge, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will place two or more implant posts into your jawbone. Over the next several months, your bone and the implants will fuse. Once your jaw has fully healed, your dentist can attach a custom-crafted bridge.

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Implant-supported bridges do not affect the structure of adjacent teeth.

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8918 Blakeney Professional Dr
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