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 (admin@blakeneysmiles.com), 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.

Best,

Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

ASK YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF A FIXED HYBRID PROSTHESIS

A fixed hybrid prosthesis is a detachable set of dentures anchored on strategically placed dental implants. A specialized abutment is attached to the dental implants so that the prosthesis can be removed with ease. At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, our doctors can perform dental implant surgery and secure a fixed hybrid prosthesis at our Charlotte, NC, office.

Addressing tooth loss with implant-supported dentures can prevent bone loss by stimulating the jawbone. A fixed hybrid prosthesis offers not only this benefit, but also the convenience of a detachable restoration.

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A fixed hybrid prosthesis offers the convenience of dentures with the stability that only dental implants can provide.

How a Fixed Hybrid Prosthesis Works

If you are missing most or all of your teeth, a fixed hybrid prosthesis can restore form and function to your smile, fitting securely and comfortably while being worn, and detaching easily for oral maintenance and while sleeping. Dental implants are strategically placed to provide this comfortable fit, in addition to ensuring an even distribution of bone stimulation.

Unlike traditional removable dentures, a fixed hybrid prosthesis offers the convenience of a detachable restoration plus jawbone loss prevention. This treatment is growing steadily in popularity as patients experience the benefits of this revolutionary restorative option.

Treatment Planning

While planning treatment, your doctor will thoroughly examine your smile to determine the placement and number of dental implants needed to support your fixed hybrid prosthesis. This course of treatment may also include tooth extraction, which is typically discussed during the initial consultation.

We are dedicated to providing our patients with all essential information regarding their treatment, and we present full treatment plans before any procedures or surgeries are performed.

Surgery for Fixed Hybrid Prostheses

After all extractions and restorative work have been completed, such as bone grafting, treatment will begin with dental implant placement surgery. Dental implants are placed in the jaw and then covered with gum tissue. After surgery, osseointegration will occur, the process in which the jawbone will fuse with implant posts.

Implant-supported dentures can prevent bone loss by stimulating the jawbone. A fixed hybrid prosthesis offers not only this benefit, but also the convenience of a detachable restoration.

Our doctors typically recommend a four to six month recovery period before the second surgery is performed. During the second surgery, the gums are reopened to expose the implants, and the abutments are attached. A much shorter recovery period will follow this surgery, during which the gums will heal.

Placement of Your Restoration

Your fixed hybrid prosthesis will be expertly crafted to provide an even and comfortable bite as well as natural aesthetic appeal. We involve our patients in the planning process to ensure that their restorations are made just the way they want. We can make minor adjustments to the final restoration upon request with our on-site CEREC® machine.

Once you have recovered from your second surgery, your fixed hybrid prosthesis will be placed, and you will be ready to immediately begin eating, drinking, and speaking normally, as you would with your own teeth.

Schedule Your Consultation

Fixed hybrid prostheses present a convenient removable denture option that have helped many of our patients achieve dramatic health and aesthetic improvements. Contact our office today to learn more about this innovative treatment, and begin your journey towards a stunning new smile.

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8918 Blakeney Professional Dr
Ste 100
Charlotte, NC 28277

Open Today 8:00am - 5:00pm