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


For patients missing two or more consecutive teeth, an implant-supported bridge can provide a comfortable, natural-looking solution with many important benefits. Dental implants directly replace tooth roots and protect your jaw against atrophy, making them the best solution for replacing missing teeth. Dr. George A. Betancourt is a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists who can place and restore dental implants at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney in Charlotte, NC.

What Is an Implant-Supported Bridge?

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. 

Implant-Supported Bridges versus Traditional Bridges

To receive an implant-supported restoration, you must first undergo implant surgery. This typically requires two procedures separated by four to six months of recovery time. 

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.

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. 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.

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

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.

Restore Form and Function

If you have lost multiple teeth, an implant-supported bridge may be the solution for you. Find out if you are a candidate for this solution by contacting our office online or calling us at (704) 543-1102 today.

Dr. Pinnix and Dr. Betancourt

Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, our goal is to enhance your quality of life through dentistry. Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt are proud to be associated with a range of prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • International College of Oral Implantologists
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists

For more information about our services, contact our Charlotte office online or call (704) 543-1102 today.

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