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

TOOTH-COLORED DENTAL FILLINGS CAN RESTORE FUNCTION AND AESTHETICS

Cavities are a common oral health issue. Even with dedicated brushing and flossing, plaque can accumulate in hard-to-reach areas of your smile. Over time, the plaque will break down into an acid, eventually damaging your tooth and forming a cavity. Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt can treat your cavity and restore your smile with a tooth-colored composite dental filling. Our Charlotte, NC, practice uses tooth-colored fillings because they are more natural-looking, and are far more compatible with your tooth than silver amalgam fillings. To learn more about how tooth-colored dental fillings can restore the health and aesthetics of your smile, please contact us today.

Treating Cavities with Advanced Technology

Our practice uses the advanced DIAGNOdent laser tool to detect cavities in their earliest stages, when they are easiest to treat. Once a cavity is discovered, it is important to act quickly. Left untreated, decay can damage the nerves and other tissues within the tooth. Minor damage can lead to more serious concerns such as tooth loss and jawbone recession. However, fillings replace decayed tissue, restoring form, and protecting the tooth from further decay. 

Side-by-side illustration of silver and white fillings

Benefits of Tooth-colored Fillings

We exclusively place tooth-colored fillings because they provide a far more natural-looking result than metal fillings, as well as achieve a much stronger bond with your tooth. These fillings also require less alteration of your natural tooth structure and are much more conservative than procedures such as dental crowns. In addition, the composite resin is highly aesthetic, and will be matched to blend with your smile. We use the same material in cosmetic procedures such as dental bonding

Replacing Your Amalgam Fillings

If you currently have amalgam fillings, the doctors at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney recommend replacing them with composite fillings for several reasons:

  • Amalgam does not match the color of your teeth, and tends to create a grayish hue, which causes healthy teeth to look unhealthy.
  • When exposed to heat and cold, amalgam fillings expand and contract at a faster rate than dental tissue, which can cause fractures and other damage.
  • Amalgam fillings contain trace amounts of mercury. Although the American Dental Association considers amalgam fillings safe, many patients experience greater peace of mind with tooth-colored fillings.
  • Amalgam is held in place by the shape of the tooth, whereas composite fillings bond directly to your tooth structure, providing further strength and durability.

We are one of only 1.5 percent of dental practices in the state licensed to administer IV sedation.

A Comfortable, Convenient Procedure

Your patient experience is important to us, and our staff treats patients who suffer from dental anxiety with the utmost respect and compassion. Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt offer amenities such as sedation dentistry to ensure your comfort during cavity treatment and other procedures. When necessary, we can provide IV sedation, one of the most effective means of helping patients achieve deep relaxation in the dentist's chair. We are one of only 1.5 percent of dental practices in the state licensed to administer IV sedation. In addition, our doctors respect your schedule, and will do everything possible to complete even the most extensive cavity treatments in one visit. 

A Blakeney Smile is a Healthy Smile

Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt are highly accomplished experts in their field. Using the latest technology, they can detect tooth decay in the earliest stages, and restore your tooth with a lifelike tooth-colored filling. Schedule an appointment today to learn how we can help you achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.

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Charlotte Office

8918 Blakeney Professional Dr
Ste 100
Charlotte, NC 28277

Open Today 8:00am - 5:00pm