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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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
Dental implants are small titanium posts surgically implanted in the jaw to replace lost tooth roots and support dentures and crowns. Our dentists can place and restore implants, even offering the All-on-4® method to place implant-supported dentures. With our state-of-the-art materials and our dentists’ surgical expertise, you could enjoy a restored smile and enhanced dental function for the rest of your life.
Full mouth reconstruction comprises several restorative procedures to fully rebuild your smile. Our dentists will work with you to develop your treatment plan, creating mock-ups and wax-ups to give you a preview of the final results. Prompt treatment can even improve your overall health.
CEREC® uses computer aided drafting and manufacturing technology to create a custom restoration for you in a single visit. Your dentist will take digital impressions of your smile, which will guide the device in crafting your restorations in about an hour. Your dentist can place the restorations immediately afterward, eliminating the inconvenience of multiple return visits.
We only use tooth-colored composite resin fillings to restore teeth following cavity treatment. Carefully matched to the natural shade of your teeth, this material is intended to blend in with the actual tooth structure while also restoring the structure of the tooth. If you had silver amalgam fillings placed in the past, we can replace them with tooth-colored fillings.
Our dentists can use advanced laser technology to remove excess tissue below the tongue or from between the front teeth to improve oral function. If you have a receding gum line, you may benefit from gum grafting. Your dentist will typically remove a small amount of tissue from the roof of your mouth, and graft it to restore your gum line.
Many practices must refer patients elsewhere for oral surgery, but we can perform many of these procedures in-house. Our dentist can place dental implants, perform bone grafting, and perform a sinus lift (a process of augmenting the upper jaw to prevent implants from interfering with the sinus cavities). Our expertise can provide you with the convenience and peace of mind of having one doctor oversee most or all of your treatment.
Dental bridges are made up of two or more crowns on either side of the teeth, and the bridge that connects the two. The anchoring teeth, called the abutment teeth, will provide the strength needed to support the bridge. The false teeth are called pontics, and are usually made from a combination metals.
Dental Crowns offer restored function and form to your teeth. They are a tooth-shaped crown that is placed over a tooth in order to restore its shape, size, and strength, while improving its appearance. Once they are bonded into place, dental crowns are hard to see, but provide durable support.
Dentures are a removable replacement for patients whose teeth are missing. Complete dentures are available for patients who are missing all of their teeth, while partial dentures are available for patients who only need certain teeth replaced. Dentures are placed once the mouth is prepared. The preparation for complete dentures take longer than partial dentures.
These restorations are used when old fillings need to be removed or replaced. An inlay is similar to a filling as it fits inside the cusps, or top edges, of a tooth. Onlays are also similar, but extend to more than one cusps of the treated tooth. Either an inlay or onlay can be used instead of a traditional filling.