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


Excess gum tissue can make teeth appear worn or underdeveloped. Fortunately, a gum contouring procedure at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney in Charlotte, NC, can bring uniformity to an uneven gum line after a single appointment. Also known as gum reshaping or crown lengthening, this minimally invasive procedure involves the removal excess tissue to create a pleasing, even frame for your smile.

Gum contouring at many other practices is performed with a blade. At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, Dr. John M. Pinnix IV or Dr. George A. Betancourt will use an advanced laser to achieve beautiful results with minimal discomfort and fast recovery times. Reach out to our practice today to learn how laser gum contouring can enhance your smile.

Close-up of man's smile

Benefits of Gum Contouring

Even if you have healthy teeth, excessive gum tissue can detract from the appearance of your smile. Laser gum contouring is designed for patients who have what is known as a "gummy smile," where gum tissue extends too far down teeth, making them look disproportionately small or stubby. By undergoing a gum contouring treatment at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, you can achieve gums with an even, scalloped appearance that subtly complements all the best features of your smile. In addition to boosting your confidence, gum contouring can also reduce the risk of periodontal disease and make it easier for you to maintain good oral health.

Traditional gum contouring procedures are performed with a scalpel, which can result in bleeding and pain after treatment. By using a laser to perform these procedures, we can minimize trauma to soft tissues. Additionally, the laser will seal off blood vessels as it removes tissue, allowing patients to experience minimal swelling and shorter healing times. When you visit our practice for a consultation, we will examine your smile and gum line to determine if this treatment is right for you. Many patients choose to combine a gum contouring treatment with other cosmetic procedures, such as teeth whitening, in order to achieve more dramatic results. If you have found that you are not a good candidate for porcelain veneers because of excessive gum tissue, gum contouring can also create more surface area on teeth to improve your candidacy.

The Gum Contouring Procedure

When you arrive at our practice for a gum contouring procedure, we will begin by administering a local anesthetic to ensure you remain comfortable during treatment. Next, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will use a special laser to precisely trim away excess gum tissue, creating a more aesthetically pleasing gum line.

The entire procedure can be completed during a single brief appointment, and we will work conservatively to remove only the amount of tissue needed to achieve your goals. After your treatment, some patients will experience minor soreness or swelling, but this does not typically interfere with eating or speaking, and an over-the-counter pain medication can usually provide relief. 

Schedule Your Consultation Today

A gum contouring treatment at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney can boost your confidence and greatly enhance the overall appearance of your smile. To schedule a consultation, reach out to our practice 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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