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Newsletter Sept 18, 2023

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Hello everyone,

Whether you’ve been with us for years or have recently become a part of our family at the practice, we want to express our heartfelt appreciation for allowing us to accompany you on your dental health journey. It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since I first opened our practice, just a stone’s throw away from where we are now. It fills me with immense pride to have been an integral part of the Cary community throughout this time.

Community is built on connections with people, and it’s those very connections that fuel our passion for what we do each day. It brings me great joy to reconnect with you at least semi-annually, catching up with the latest developments in your lives and families. Truly, there are few jobs as fulfilling as this!

Guided by our philosophy to “change lives through dentistry”, we are committed to fostering a practice that prioritizes the well-being and experiences of our patients while delivering top-notch clinical care. Our ultimate goal is to enrich the lives within our community. We firmly believe that by enhancing your confidence in your smile, we can ignite a ripple effect of positive interactions in your life. This belief drives us each day, making every effort truly worthwhile.

As we reflect on the beautiful journey thus far, we are filled with hope and excitement for the potential to continue making a difference in your lives for at least another 20 years.

Thank you for being an essential part of our story.


Allan Acton DDS, Owner, Founder of Cary Family Dental

A family affair

This summer, I was thrilled to have my daughter Molly (17) and her cousin Hattie (18) working at our office. I put Molly to work on the phones, answering calls and helping to get people scheduled for their next hygiene appointment. Hattie, who is interested in becoming a dentist, spent her second summer with us in a one week internship learning more about the clinical aspects of dentistry. Here you can see her learning to give a banana an injection which should come in handy in either the dental or the fruit industry.

Clinical Case In Depth: Smile Makeover

Check out this recent blog post by our dentist Dr. Eric Davis where he discusses the three main things to look for when you are designing a smile makeover. Learn about teeth color, shape and position and see an example of how blending these three can make dramatic changes in a smile. 

Case of the week: Composite Veneers

The patient came to us, worried about a white spot visible on their front tooth. We discussed various solutions to address this issue, such as using veneers, crowns, or composite restorations. The patient opted for composite veneers as a means to conceal the white spot. To achieve a harmonious result, we applied a thin layer of composite material across both front teeth, successfully hiding the spot without altering the original tooth structure. The entire procedure was completed in about an hour.

Interested in learning more about smile makeovers? Click here to see a google slide presentation of some of our recent smile makeover results.

“Is My Tooth Infected?

Experiencing a toothache can be quite alarming. Thankfully, it’s not a common occurrence for many people, but it can sometimes be challenging to understand the symptoms clearly. Below, we have listed the primary symptoms of a potentially infected tooth. If you find yourself dealing with persistent tooth pain, don’t hesitate to contact our office so we can assist you in finding relief promptly.

You might be dealing with an infected tooth if you answer ‘YES’ to any of the following questions:

  • 1. Does tooth pain disrupt your sleep at night?
  • 2. Do you experience prolonged pain in the tooth when you consume hot or cold beverages, lasting more than a minute?
  • 3. Does the tooth occasionally hurt or throb on its own, with the pain persisting for over a minute?

Positive responses to the questions listed above frequently indicate a tooth infection. Please reach out to us for guidance and potential treatment.

What are your dentists up to?

Check out what our doctors were doing this summer. See Dr. Allan Acton and his son Jack wearing their kilts at the annual Scottish Festival at Grandfather Mountain in June. Dr. Eric Davis and his wife welcomed baby Charlie into the world on July 27. Dr. Kristen Madden and her family “go fishing” at the world’s largest aquarium in Atlanta. Dr. Bryant Wooten (middle) with his siblings in Asheville. Dr. Steven Van Scoyoc and his family visited Disney World.

Calendar Updates:

We are excited to remind you that we have extended hours on select Saturdays to provide you with more flexible scheduling options. Currently, we are open two Saturdays a month to help accommodate your busy schedules.

Open Saturdays Through January 2024:

  • September 23
  • October 7, 21
  • November 4, 18
  • December 2, 16
  • January 13, 27

Please mark your calendars with these dates and schedule your appointments early to secure your preferred time slots.

We would also like to inform you of the following dates when our office will be closed to allow our team to recharge and serve you better:

Office Closure Dates:

  • September 29
  • October 10
  • November 22-26
  • December 23-26,  and Dec 29 – January 1
  • January 11, 2024


Scheduling Appointments

As the end of the year approaches, we know that many of you might be planning to complete your dental treatments before December 31st. Due to the unique way the calendar falls this year, our clinic will be open fewer days during the 4th quarter compared to previous years.

To accommodate your needs and help alleviate the year-end rush, our dedicated team of hygienists has graciously agreed to work extra days in December. This effort ensures that we can create additional slots to serve you better during this period.

We encourage you to schedule your appointments early to secure your preferred times. Doing so will not only guarantee your spot but also help others to find suitable slots. Please remember, a missed appointment takes away an opportunity from someone else who needs dental care. We kindly request you to provide us with a 48-hour notice if you are unable to make it to your appointment.

To book your appointment, you can reach us at 919-460-6884 or conveniently schedule online through this link.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We look forward to serving you and helping you end the year with a healthy, radiant smile!

In memory

This newsletter is dedicated to my father John “Sandy” Acton. He was my biggest supporter in all of my crazy ideas and dreams. He was the first to encourage me to go to dental school and was with me every step of the way. He will be missed.

October 20, 1945-May 23, 2023

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