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


Periodontal disease is a serious condition that, if left untreated, can compromise much more than the health of your gums. When gum disease spreads, it can cause tooth loss and other significant health issues. At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney in Charlotte, NC, Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt offer gum disease treatment such as deep cleaning and bone grafting.

Understanding Periodontal Disease

Gum disease is characterized by infection or inflammation of the gums. Common signs of gum disease include redness, swelling, bleeding when brushing or flossing, and persistent bad breath. There are two stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the reversible early stage of gum disease.

Common signs of gum disease include redness, swelling, bleeding when brushing or flossing, and persistent bad breath.

When left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, causing the gums to pull away from the teeth and form pockets that become infected. The longer periodontitis is allowed to progress, the greater the risk of irreparable damage to the bone, gums, and other supportive tissues becomes. Studies show that gum disease can also increase your risk of severe health issues such as heart disease and diabetes.

Your Treatment Options

Depending on the stage of your gum disease, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt can offer a wide range of periodontal treatments. Often, early stages of gingivitis can be addressed with non-surgical options. However, when periodontitis develops, surgical invention may be required. 

Scaling and Root Planing

Also called a deep cleaning, scaling and root planing involves the careful cleaning of root surfaces. This treatment can remove plaque and tartar buildup from periodontal pockets. It can also smooth root surfaces to minimize the risk of recurrence. Some patients experience a complete reversal of their symptoms after a scaling and root planing treatment, while others require ongoing therapy to protect the health of their gums.

Laser Gum Contouring

For some patients, we can provide laser gum contouring to remove infected tissue from the gum line. Performed using a diode laser, this treatment can resolve issues without damaging healthy tissue. Laser procedures involve little to no risk of infection and have fewer risks than traditional methods.

Pocket Reduction

Periodontal disease eventually causes pockets to form around teeth. The deeper the pockets become, the easier it is for bacteria to develop and spread the infection. During a pocket reduction procedure, Dr. Pinnix or Betancourt can fold back the gum tissue and remove bacteria before replacing the tissue. This treatment allows gum tissue to reattach more easily to healthy bone tissue and can prevent the progression of the disease.

Soft Tissue Grafting

A gum graft can cover roots exposed by periodontal disease-related tissue recession. During this procedure, tissue is harvested from a donor source and then attached to recessed areas.

Restore Your Oral Health

Your gums play an integral role in your oral health and overall health. We are prepared to help you eliminate or control gum disease through state-of-the-art treatments. Contact our office by phone at (704) 543-1102 or submit a message online today if you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease.

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8918 Blakeney Professional Dr
Ste 100
Charlotte, NC 28277

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