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

INLAYS AND ONLAYS CAN REPAIR MOLARS WITH EXTENSIVE DECAY

If you have extensive decay in one of your molars, you may be a good candidate for an inlay or onlay. These restorations are larger than fillings, but are a more conservative treatment than dental crowns. The inlays and onlays we provide at our Charlotte, NC, practice are fabricated with the highest-quality materials, and with proper dental care they can last for many years. An inlay or onlay fits within your tooth to restore oral function. At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, Dr. John M. Pinnix, and Dr. George A. Betancourt offer custom-made restorations for a natural look and fit. 

Is an Inlay or Onlay a Good Option for You?

Fillings are the most common treatment for dental decay, but they are only appropriate for small to medium-sized cavities. If you have a large cavity that has severely weakened one of your molars, you may be a candidate for an inlay or onlay. The size and location of your cavity will determine which type of restoration is most appropriate. Inlays are often used to repair decay between the cusps of teeth, while onlays extend over the cusps, and may be more appropriate if you have a larger cavity. 

Our dentists are gentle and conservative. They offer minimal discomfort treatment and will preserve as much of your tooth as possible. 

What to Expect

Before placing an inlay or onlay, your dentist will need to reshape your tooth, removing decayed tissue to make room for your restoration. Our dentists are gentle and conservative. They offer minimal discomfort treatment and will preserve as much of your tooth as possible. Next, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will take impressions of your tooth. In some cases, your dentist may take manual impressions and send these molds to our dental lab for fabrication. In other instances, your doctor may use our CAD/CAM technology to take digital measurements. The data will upload to our CEREC® machine, which will produce your restoration in about an hour.

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Inlays and onlays are a conservative option for patients who require more than a filling but do not need a dental crown.

Before attaching your inlay or onlay, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will make sure that it fits correctly and ensure that it does not disrupt your bite. If you and your dentist are both satisfied with the restoration, your dentist will then attach it to your tooth.

What Are the Benefits of Inlays and Onlays?

Both lab-fabricated and CEREC®-fabricated restorations look very realistic. Our lab uses a variety of advanced tooth-colored materials. CEREC® inlays and onlays will also match the shade of your teeth and provide a natural sparkle.

Even more importantly, inlays and onlays can have tremendous functional benefits for your smile. After your inlay or onlay is placed, you will be able to bite and chew normally. Once any initial sensitivity subsides, you should be able to enjoy a full range of foods. The restoration can also strengthen your tooth and prevent further damage. In addition, because inlays and onlays are smaller than crowns, your dentist can preserve a larger portion of your tooth. 

Contact Us for More Information

Contact Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney to schedule your restorative consultation and learn more about inlays and onlays. You can trust our dentists to recommend the most conservative option possible to restore the health, function, and appearance of your smile.

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8918 Blakeney Professional Dr
Ste 100
Charlotte, NC 28277

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