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


TMJ disorder can seriously affect your quality of life, causing chronic and often debilitating pain. If you suffer from ongoing headaches, jaw pain, neck or shoulder discomfort, difficulties with chewing, and other symptoms, you may benefit from TMJ disorder treatment at our Charlotte office. At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, Dr. John M. Pinnix IV specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. He always begins with the most conservative care, including oral splints and night guards. Most patients experience immense relief with these devices, but for more severe cases, he also offers restorative dental treatments. If you suffer with symptoms of TMJ disorder, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pinnix today.

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About TMJ Disorder

Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, are the complex hinges that give your jaw a wide range of motion. Because these joints come under daily strain, they are often subject to damage and inflammation. If you habitually clench or grind your teeth, you are even more likely to suffer from damage to these joints. TMJ disorder arises when tissues and ligaments surrounding the joint become inflamed, or when the joints themselves are damaged. Often, the soft discs inside your joints will slip out of place. In many cases, bite misalignment causes the joints to strain in order to achieve a comfortable balance. Symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Tinnitus
  • Jaw pain or tension
  • Neck or shoulder tension
  • A popping noise when you open or close your jaw

TMJ Disorder Diagnosis

An accurate diagnosis is one of the most important components of TMJ disorder treatment. Dr. Pinnix will conduct a complete exam to gain a thorough understanding of your oral structure and jaw health. He will use an intraoral camera to take pictures of your jaw and look for structural damage or signs of inflammation. He will also listen to your TMJs with a stethoscope to detect any popping or clicking noises during movement. Additionally, he will measure your jaw, testing its range of motion and using a leaf gauge load test to determine the force and balance of your bite. With a complete understanding of your bite force and alignment, he can create a three-dimensional mounted model of your teeth. This mockup allows him to analyze jaw movement more thoroughly.

Treating TMJ Disorder

Dr. Pinnix uses this in-depth analysis provide you with a personalized treatment plan. Typically, he will begin with occlusal splints and night guards. These tailor-made appliances fit over your teeth and prevent you from clenching and grinding your teeth. In some cases, oral splints can permanently realign your jaw. Typically, you will only wear your splint at night, although if you have a more severe case, Dr. Pinnix may recommend that you wear it during the day, as well.

Although most patients do not require further treatment, if you do not find relief with a mouthguard, we also offer multiple restorative dental treatments, including crowns, bridges, and implants. By replacing missing teeth or repairing broken teeth, Dr. Pinnix can restore balance to your bite, thus alleviating pressure on your jaw joints. If your TMJ disorder is caused by malocclusion (dental misalignment), you may also benefit from Invisalign®, which can straighten your teeth using a series of aligner trays.

Find Relief

Contact Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney today to learn more about TMJ disorder, and to find out which treatments can benefit you.  

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8918 Blakeney Professional Dr
Ste 100
Charlotte, NC 28277

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