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


Severe tooth pain or discomfort can have a negative impact on your quality of life. Although root canal therapy has a bad reputation, it is actually the answer to tooth pain, and not the cause of it. Our patients are kept very comfortable during root canal therapy, and treatment is usually completed in a single appointment. The dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney provide gentle, effective root canal therapy for patients in the Charlotte, NC-area. To eliminate your tooth pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. John M. Pinnix or Dr. George A. Betancourt today.

Illustration of root canal therapy.

When is Root Canal Therapy Needed?

For most patients, the pain that prompted root canal therapy was the worst of the experience, and being rid of it is a great relief. In many cases, severe tooth pain is caused by a bacterial infection in the pulp chamber of the tooth. This is commonly caused by deep decay or a fracture in the tooth.

During root canal therapy, the diseased inner pulp is removed, and the clean, restored tooth is strengthened and reinforced with an attractive dental crown.

Patients in need of root canal therapy may also experience symptoms such as swelling of the gums, sensitivity to heat and cold, and discoloration of the tooth. However, if you are experiencing acute or chronic pain, it is important to contact us as soon as possible.

An untreated infection can result in loss of the tooth and necessary restoration, such as a dental implant or traditional bridge. In some cases, tooth extraction may be necessary, but alternatively, root canal therapy can preserve the structure and roots of the damaged tooth. During root canal therapy, the diseased inner pulp is removed, and the clean, restored tooth is strengthened and reinforced with an attractive dental crown.

The Root Canal Procedure

Once Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt have determined that you require root canal therapy, the first step is to make you as comfortable as possible. Advanced Dentistry offers a variety of sedation options for patients, including general anesthesia through IV sedation. Some root canal therapy patients are comfortable with only numbing solution, while others prefer nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation

A traditional root canal procedure involves removing infected pulp from within the tooth and its root. The root canal inside your tooth contains nerves and blood vessels that extend from the center of the tooth to the root. The canal provides blood supply, removes toxins, and brings essential nutrients to the soft pulp chamber.

We use efficient, hand-piece technology to remove infected pulp and decay from the outer portions of the tooth. The newly cleaned pulp chamber is then sterilized and sealed to prevent further infection.

Placing Your Dental Crown

Immediately following your root canal treatment, you will likely be fitted with a dental crown. The dental crown will restore full function and beauty to the tooth. We use advanced CEREC technology to design and mill our crowns onsite. Custom designed to blend in seamlessly with your other teeth, your new crown will provide durable function for many years to come.

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To alleviate your tooth pain and discomfort, the team at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney can easily accommodate your appointment, even if it is urgent. To learn more about root canal therapy and how it can help improve your quality of life, contact us today.

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8918 Blakeney Professional Dr
Ste 100
Charlotte, NC 28277

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