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 (email@example.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.
Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney
Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt place and restore two types of dental implants at their Charlotte, NC, office: traditional and All-on-4®. Traditional dental implants are long-lasting and versatile. However, if you have waited to do something about missing teeth and have experienced some degree of jaw atrophy, the team at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney can provide innovative All-on-4® implants. These special implants are placed at specific angles to maximize the amount of support your jaw can provide. Using dental implants, we can restore your smile with fixed hybrid dentures that provide outstanding support, but can be removed as necessary. Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will conduct a complete consultation and evaluation to determine the right type of dental implant for your needs.
Traditional dental implants are usually about 3.5 mm wide. They are multifunctional and can support crowns, bridges, and dentures. Because traditional implants are larger, they do require a certain amount of jawbone tissue for support. Therefore, if your jaw has started to recede because of a prolonged absence of one or more teeth, you will require a bone grafting procedure before receiving a traditional implant. During this surgery, your dentist will augment your jaw with donor tissue. Though traditional implants may require preparatory surgery, and can require several months of healing time before they can support a restoration, they are considered the most durable dental implant option.
Dental implants are a landmark in dentistry, and we take pride in helping patients with a wide range of needs to experience the many benefits they provide.
All-on-4® implants are used to support a full denture. Two small implants are placed in the front of the dental arch, while two anterior implants are placed at special angles. In this way, your implants can derive excellent support from a jawbone that may have experienced some atrophy following tooth loss. An additional benefit of the All-on-4® system is that it can usually support a full denture immediately following placement. Meanwhile, as with any type of dental implant, your All-on-4® implants will prevent any further bone recession, meaning your jaw will maintain its strength and you will likely never need to have your dentures refitted.
If you wish to restore your implants with a full set of dentures, we offer fixed hybrid dentures. They are attached to dental implants, but, like traditional dentures, they are removable. Some fixed dentures are ball-retained, which means that they will snap directly onto your implant posts. Others are bar-retained. These dentures will clip onto a metal bar that runs along the implants. You will remove your fixed hybrid denture for cleaning, and you will not wear it when you sleep. Of course, a fixed hybrid denture will be much more secure than a traditional removable prosthetic. You can eat a wide range of foods without worrying that your dentures will shift out of place.
We have helped many patients to overcome the compromised quality of life that missing teeth can create. Dental implants are a landmark in dentistry, and we take pride in helping patients with a wide range of needs to experience the many benefits they provide. To schedule a consultation and find out which type of implant is right for you, please contact us today.