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 Crowns

Damaged, decayed, or missing teeth can cause discomfort and make normal functions such as chewing and speaking more difficult.

At our Charlotte, NC, practice, we offer custom dental crowns to restore the form and function of your smile.

What makes dental crowns such a trusted option?

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Crowns Offer  Functional and Cosmetic Benefits

Improved Oral Health

Crowns can restore dental function to a severely damaged tooth, allowing you to chew and speak properly once again

Restored Balance 

If you have a worn or unusually shaped tooth, a crown can restore the natural balance of your bite, reducing your risk of TMJ disorder and other dental issues triggered by misalignment. 

Enhanced Self-Confidence 

A crown can enhance your appearance and might be recommended during a smile makeover. After treatment, your smile may look brighter, healthier, and years younger.

Ready to Rebuild  Your Smile?

Our dentists, Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt, are experts in general and comprehensive dentistry. They are dedicated to providing exemplary care to patients in Charlotte, Ballantyne, and the surrounding communities. Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney has served patients throughout NC since 2005

If you are ready to invest in a permanent crown, contact our practice online or call us at:

(704) 543-1102

Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt

Here's how dental crowns are placed...

Curious about how long dental crowns last? 

Is a dental crown right for your needs? 

Not Sure If Crowns  Can Meet Your Dental Needs?

Crowns can address a wide range of cosmetic and health concerns, including root canal infections. For qualifying patients, our doctors can even use a crown to restore a dental implant or support a dental bridge to treat tooth loss. The best way to find out if a crown can help you is to schedule a consultation with our dental team.

Do you qualify for a dental crown? 


Drs. John M. Pinnix or George A. Betancourt will thoroughly evaluate your needs and your oral health to determine if a crown is right for you. There are two primary candidacy factors: 

Sufficient Dental Tissue 

In order to receive a traditional crown, the tooth must be able to provide the necessary support. If a tooth is too compromised to support a crown, extraction may be necessary. In this case, we can discuss replacing the tooth with a crown supported by a dental implant.

Good Oral Health

Like your teeth, crowns need a healthy foundation. Any issues such as decay or gum disease must be resolved before providing your dental crown.

But is the process painful? 

We Offer Sedation to Help Make Treatment Comfortable 

We understand that for many patients, a fear of the dentist can get in the way of essential dental care. For this reason, we offer various forms of sedation to meet your needs: 

  • Nitrous oxide 
  • Oral conscious 
  • Intravenous (IV) sedation
  • General anesthesia 

Our doctors can administer deeper forms of sedation in addition to the local anesthesia used to prevent you from feeling any pain in the treatment area. Deeper forms of sedation are typically recommended for patients who are undergoing extensive rehabilitation or surgery. Patients throughout greater Charlotte, NC, including Ballantyne, have come to depend on us for comfortable and compassionate care.

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Here's how a conventional crown is placed...

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What kinds of tools and techniques are used? 

We Use Advanced Imaging  and the CEREC® System

Our office is equipped with digital X-rays, which expose patients to much less radiation than traditional X-rays and are immediately viewable by our dentists. 

If you qualify for a same-day dental crown, Drs. Pinnix or Betancourt will also use a digital intraoral scanner to take impressions of the affected tooth. This eliminates the need for messy putty impressions. 

These impressions will then be uploaded directly to our in-house CEREC milling unit. This system can fabricate beautiful dental crowns in under one hour so that you can go home with your new restoration permanently in place on the same day. This advanced technology eliminates the need for a temporary crown.


Get the Care You Need When You Need It

"I've been going here for a number of years. The staff are great.   I like that they have two dentists, so when you have a problem (like a tooth cracking), they have the flexibility to get you in quickly."
Melonie Brown

What can you expect when receiving a conventional dental crown? 

Traditional Dental Crowns Can Be Placed in One Day 

After treatment, your smile may look brighter, healthier, and years younger.
After treatment, your smile may look brighter, healthier, and years younger.


Before placing a crown, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will remove compromised tissue and reshape the remaining tissue before taking impressions of your tooth. 


If you qualify for a same-day crown, your doctor will use our CEREC® system to take digital impressions. 

CEREC® Fabrication

These images, used to design your custom restoration, will be uploaded to our in-office milling machine. The system will fabricate your crown in an hour or less. CEREC uses solid, tooth-colored porcelain that is incredibly durable and has a natural sparkle, much like dental enamel.

Offsite Lab Fabrication

If you are not receiving a same-day crown, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will take manual impressions and send them to our state-of-the-art dental lab. There, technicians can create a crown from the material of your choice. While you wait, we can place a temporary crown to protect your altered tooth.


After your restoration is fabricated, your dentist will ensure that it fits correctly. If you and your dentist are both happy with the results, your crown will be attached to the tooth.
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Dental crowns restore both form and function to your teeth.

Lifelike Results in Just One Day

In many cases, we are able to place a permanent crown over the damaged tooth or dental implant in a single appointment. Because our office is equipped with its own CEREC machine, we are able to fabricate CEREC same-day crowns in one office visit. This eliminates the need for a temporary crown, expediting your treatment and reducing your treatment costs

Take the First Step

If you have been living with a missing or damaged tooth, you have options. Our advanced porcelain and CEREC crowns at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney can restore the function and appearance of your smile. Reach out to our Charlotte, NC, practice online or call us at:

(704) 543-1102

How do you take care of your crowns at home? 

Making Your Crowns Last for Many Years 

Although dental crowns are built to last, they are not indestructible. Taking proper care of your crowns can provide many years of benefits:

Watch what you eat. Avoid using your crown to chew especially hard or sticky foods that could dislodge or damage your crown. 

Change your flossing technique. Brush your crowns like you would your natural teeth, but when you floss near the crown, pull the thread from front to back rather than moving it up and down within the gap. This will help you avoid having the thread catch beneath the crown and causing it to become loose.

Attend regular check-ups. During these visits to our Charlotte, NC, office, your dentist can evaluate the integrity of your crowns and make adjustments if necessary. 

We know you have many options when it comes to choosing a dentist...

Patients Love Our Team & Technology

"Dr Betancourt and his team are great! Love the fact that they can 3D print a crown out as you wait, so no need for a temporary and a second appt. my husband decided to give them a try after listening to me say how much I liked Dr Betancourt and After his first appt he told me he was so glad he went. Just a great overall experience!" Gayle R.

What if the crown is replacing a tooth? 

The Process for Receiving an Implant-Supported Crown


Your dental x-rays will help your dentist place the device in the best possible position for long-lasting benefits. 


Before your surgery, your doctor can administer both local anesthesia and a deeper type of sedation at your request.


Your doctor will create a small incision in your gums. Through this opening, your doctor can place the post in your jawbone before closing the incision.


Your jawbone will fuse with the device over a period of about four to six months. During this time, we may place a temporary crown to fill the space left by the missing tooth.


When you have completely healed, your dentist will attach an abutment (connector) device to the post. He will then take impressions to create your crown, which will be attached to the abutment.
An illustration of an implant-supported crown
The titanium posts fuse with your jawbone tissue to provide unrivaled support for restorations.

Replacing Teeth with Crowns Provides a Unique Set of Benefits

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Protect Healthy Teeth

Because bridges fit on top of the adjacent teeth, your dentist would need to remove a considerable amount of dental tissue to place the restoration. In contrast, these crowns do not require altering healthy teeth.

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A More Durable Option

This solution is typically more durable than even the most carefully created bridges. In fact, with appropriate maintenance, they can last the rest of your life

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Maintain Jaw Health

This solution promotes bone regeneration, sending signals to your jaw to trigger new tissue growth. Consequently, you will have a much lower risk for additional tooth loss.

With so many benefits, porcelain crowns must be expensive...

Investing in Your Smile

Every crown is custom-made to fit your needs, so the cost varies greatly from patient to patient. 

However, our office is able to provide permanent crowns on the same day of your treatment, eliminating the cost of a temporary crown and saving you time commuting back and forth to our office for dental visits.

Additionally, if you need a crown for restorative concerns and not cosmetic imperfections, it may be covered by your insurance.

The final cost of your treatment at our Charlotte practice will depend on several factors...

Our dentists want every patient to enjoy the benefits of crowns...

We Are Proud to Serve Our Patients and Their Families

"Our entire family goes to Advanced Dentistry and we are very please with the Dentists, medical and administrative staff. We have had a wide variety of services provided from basic cleaning & checkups to crowns and braces.  We have always been pleased with the care and service we are provided.  I would highly recommend  to anyone to go to Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney."
Thomas Weller

How do I decide between a dental bridge and a crown?

Understanding the Differences  Can Help You Choose

Implant-Supported Crowns

This solution fills gaps in your smile without requiring alteration of neighboring teeth. In addition, this solution offers unparalleled stability.

However, these types of restorations have a much longer timeline than traditional tooth replacement options. You may have to undergo additional procedures, such as a bone graft, to qualify. While most patients find the benefits outweigh the additional costs, it is important to fully discuss your options with your doctor during your consultation at our Charlotte office, serving Ballantyne and surrounding communities.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge can also replace missing teeth and provide restored oral function and appearance. In many cases, bridge patients can restore their smile in just a few weeks.

However, placing a bridge requires Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt to remove healthy tissue from the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. This process may weaken the teeth and cause other oral health issues in the future. Many patients opt for a traditional bridge due to lower costs and quicker results.

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