MILLPOND FAMILY DENTAL

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Dr. Harward has over 15 years of experience working in the dental field. He and his wife both grew up in this area and he is excited to bring this experience and love for dentistry to his patients at Millpond Family Dental. Our office is uniquely situated right where the communities of Cary, Apex, and Holly Springs all meet. We love the diverse patient base that this brings and love to treat the entire family. From examining a baby's first tooth, to replacing lost and missing teeth, and everything in between, we have the expertise and compassion to make your dental visits as pleasant and painless as possible.


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    Children's Dentistry

    At Millpond Family Dental we take special joy in providing dental care for the entire family. We want children in particular to have a great experience at the dentist so that they can develop a healthy understanding of dental care and not develop a fear of the dentist. We tailor our procedures specifically for children. We have private exam rooms where they can feel secure. We also have fun music and TVs on the ceiling that can help distract with cartoons and movies. We also have warm blankets and stuffed animals available if needed. From start to finish, our primary goal is to provide a positive and comfortable experience for your child and to foster a lifelong love of good oral health. WHEN SHOULD I FIRST BRING MY CHILD TO THE DENTIST? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends that a child should visit the dentist by their first birthday or when their first tooth appears. Regular visits are important for maintaining good oral health. The first few visits are very low pressure and usually involve working with the child with a regular toothbrush to help them gain confidence in the experience. We always evaluate for any dental needs and gradually introduce more into each appointment as your child is ready. WHAT TYPE OF FILLINGS DO YOU USE FOR KIDS? We do not use any of the older style silver mercury fillings in our practice. All of our fillings are non BPA tooth colored composite resins. In some instances very large cavities on baby teeth may require a special stainless steel covering called a crown. This is a strong and simple way to restore large holes in baby teeth. These crowns cover the baby tooth and protect it until the tooth falls out in its own time. The crown will not need to be removed and will come out with the baby tooth. In every case we will talk through treatment options and recommendations with you the parent. WHAT OTHER SERVICES ARE IMPORTANT FOR KIDS? In addition to guiding your children on good hygiene habits and treating decay we are also evaluating your children for many other factors that often go unlooked until later in life. These include such things as enlarged or abnormal tonsils, breathing issues, and skeletal misalignment. Dental markers are also frequently the first sign of systemic syndromes or genetic conditions. Frequent dental checkups are a key part of maintaining overall health and wellness for your growing child. Get in touch with Millpond Family Dental at 3490 Kildaire Farm RD STE. 170, Cary, NC 27518, or call (984) 465-1544 for the best dental care.

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    Tooth Extractions

    At Millpond Family Dental we perform a wide variety of tooth extraction procedures. From helping remove stubborn baby teeth to make room for their permanent replacements, to complex wisdom tooth removal, and everything in between. Our team has completed advanced training in gentle and conservative tooth removal procedures and has the skills to make your procedure as quick and straightforward as possible. To remove a tooth, we will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. This will reduce any pain and allow you to remain comfortable throughout the procedure. If needed, you can also be given an oral sedative to promote further relaxation. We are also fully equipped with nitrous oxide sedation, or laughing gas, for patients who desire this during a procedure. For some circumstances we are even able to have a specialist come into the office to provide sedation services. WHEN SHOULD YOU HAVE A TOOTH EXTRACTED? FAQS WHEN SHOULD A TOOTH BE REMOVED? Often, if a tooth has severely decayed or is infected, we may recommend removing it. Then, that tooth can be replaced with a restoration like a bridge or a dental implant. Removing infected teeth is important because the infection can spread to other parts of the body, including the heart and brain. Teeth can also commonly crack or split necessitating removal. SHOULD I BE SEDATED FOR EXTRACTIONS? At Millpond Family Dental we have the proper training and equipment to make most extractions fast and straightforward. In these situations, simply numbing the tooth and affected area is sufficient to make for a painless and easy procedure. However, for some situations we may recommend the use of laughing gas or conscious sedation, both of which can be provided in office. DO WISDOM TEETH NEED TO BE EXTRACTED? Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt from your gums and some people don’t have enough room in their mouths to accommodate these extra molars. As a result, wisdom teeth can become impacted, which means they are stuck in the gums or jawbone. This is a case-by-case basis and many people have adequate space where they have no need to remove their wisdom teeth. We are equipped with all of the proper radiographic equipment to fully analyze your case and give you the information to help you make the best decision. Get in touch with Millpond Family Dental at 3490 Kildaire Farm RD STE. 170, Cary, NC 27518, or call (984) 465-1544 for the best dental care.

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    Root Canals

    At Millpond Family Dental we want to make life as simple as possible for our patients and this includes not sending them all over town for every different type of procedure. Our experienced team is set up to provide root canal therapy in most situations. A root canal treatment removes the infected dental pulp from a tooth, which is causing pain. At Millpond Family Dental, we perform root canals and then restore the tooth with a dental crown or filling. This restorative dental procedure is usually performed to prevent an infection from spreading to other parts of the mouth while keeping the infected tooth from being extracted. FAQS WHEN IS ROOT CANAL TREATMENT NEEDED? A root canal is necessary when the pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected when decay or physical trauma has caused damage to the tooth and bacteria seeped into the root canal. When left untreated, the infection could spread and lead to an abscess. THE ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE During a root canal procedure, we will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Then, drill a small hole in the tooth to remove the infected pulp. The hole is then filled with a rubber-like material, called gutta-percha, which helps prevent future infections. Finally, the tooth is sealed. Once complete the tooth should look and feel like a normal tooth. ARE ROOT CANAL PROCEDURES PAINFUL? A root canal procedure is no more uncomfortable than a routine dental filling. After a local anesthetic is administered, our dentist will widen the root canal. At this point, the dentist will remove any dead or diseased tissue in the canal. The dentist will then clean the canal and seal it to prevent further infection. To learn more about the advantages of root canal therapy, contact Millpond Family Dental at 3490 Kildaire Farm RD STE. 170, Cary, NC 27518, or call Dentist in Cary, NC [https://www.millponddentist.com/] at (984) 465-1544.

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    Family Dentistry

    At Millpond Family Dental we provide gentle compreheisive dental care for the entire family. Our care encompasses several dental procedures, from treating children to performing basic cleanings, fillings, and dental exams. Family dentists treat patients of all ages: they care for a child’s baby teeth, monitor the development of adult teeth, and provide care for aging adult teeth. We take pride in being able to meet the dental needs of every member of your family, from young children to seniors. Rather than requiring your family to visit multiple dental offices, your family can all be seen under one roof. We value your time and want to make seeing the dentist as convenent as possible. We build our schedules so that we can take time caring for each patient and get the next patient back on time. WHAT MAKES FAMILY DENTISTRY DIFFERENT? Family dentistry meets the dental needs of the entire household. Typically, family dentistry practices accept patients of all ages. This means that if children need braces, their entire family may be treated during that same appointment. WHY WOULD I NEED FAMILY DENTISTRY? FAMILY DENTISTRY PREVENTS HEALTH PROBLEMS Family dentistry works to prevent health problems that can affect everyone in the home. This includes everything from gum disease to oral cancer. By visiting our office regularly, you can also have your teeth cleaned or screened for any problems. You would also be taught good oral health habits that can help protect both children and adults. FAMILY DENTISTRY IMPROVES THE APPEARANCE OF YOUR SMILE Family dentistry improves the appearance and function of your smile. It can help whiten your teeth, fix your teeth's alignment, and provide solutions to common dental problems. It also provides education on maintaining that smile through proper oral hygiene and diet. FAMILY DENTISTRY SETS AN EXAMPLE FOR YOUR CHILDREN For your child, family dentistry sets a good example in the importance of taking care of your teeth. Family dentistry can also help prevent dental issues from developing in the first place. For example, a routine dental checkup every six months can identify red, swollen, or bleeding gums as early warning signs of tooth decay or gum disease. FAMILY DENTISTRY CAN SAVE YOU MONEY IN THE LONG RUN Preventive dentistry is the care you receive to prevent cavities, gum disease, and more. By maintaining healthy teeth and gums, you can avoid cavities and gum disease, which saves you a lot of money in the long run. Cavities are one of the most common dental issues, and treating them is much more expensive than simply brushing and flossing your teeth every day. FAMILY DENTISTRY HELPS YOUR SMILE LAST A LIFETIME Preventative care helps your whole family maintain healthy smiles for life. You all need cleanings and exams twice a year to catch potential problems early before they can develop into painful, costly issues. Visit Millpond Family Dental at 3490 Kildaire Farm Rd STE. 170, Cary, NC 27518, or call (984) 465-1544 to find out how our family dentists can treat all of the dental needs of your entire family.

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    Invisalign

    The Invisalign treatment consists of clear aligners that are worn over the teeth. Each aligner shifts the teeth into position little by little until they are eventually straightened. At Millpond Family Dental, Invisalign is used to treat many orthodontic concerns such as crooked teeth, gaps, or bite issues. Invisalign uses a series of custom-fitted aligners to gradually move teeth into their optimal position. We are an Invisalign silver certified office and stay at the cutting edge of tooth movement options through our unique partnership with Invisalign. Our doctors truly love the functional and aesthetic benefits of aligning teeth and take numerous continuing education courses each year to stay abreast of the latest trends and technology. FAQS WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INVISALIGN?  Your Invisalign aligners are designed to correct more than just your appearance. The aligners are also designed using state-of-the-art technology to shift your teeth into proper alignment, which can benefit your dental health.  In addition to straightening your teeth, your Invisalign aligners may also prevent or reduce your risk for tooth decay and gum disease as well as improve issues related to malignment such as clenching, griding, or lockjaw. Invisalign clear aligners are easy to remove, making them extremely convenient for eating and oral hygiene. Simply take them off when eating, brushing, and flossing. This allows you to continue your normal activities without too much interruption. Invisalign aligners are also clear, so they blend in with your teeth and won’t stand out while you’re wearing them. Invisalign can tyically provide faster results and a cheaper alternative to traditional metal braces. WHAT TYPES OF DENTAL ISSUES CAN INVISALIGN CORRECT? GAPS BETWEEN TEETH Invisalign is ideal for correcting minor spacing issues, such as gaps between teeth. Trays are custom-made to fit each patient’s mouth, designed to shift position and alignment of the teeth to their proper place and closing any gaps such misalignment may create.  OVERBITE Overbites occur when your upper teeth overlap your lower teeth. Often genetic but can also be caused by thumb sucking and pacifier use in childhood, overbites can cause difficulty with chewing, talking, and jaw pain. Invisalign effectively treats and corrects an overbite by gradually shifting your teeth.  UNDERBITE An underbite is caused when your upper teeth fall too far past your lower teeth. This can cause problems with chewing, talking, and oral health. Invisalign’s gradual shifting of the teeth’s positions can correct an underbite.  CROSSBITE A crossbite occurs when the teeth in the upper jaw overlap the teeth in the lower jaw. This can cause the teeth to not align correctly, which can lead to other problems as time goes by. Invisalign can correct a crossbite by gradually moving the teeth into alignment through a series of aligners. MISALIGNED TEETH If you have gapped, crowded, or misaligned teeth, Invisalign could be the treatment you need. Invisalign clear aligners are designed to gradually shift your teeth into their desired position. Once your teeth are in their proper alignment, you will be able to keep your smile healthy and looking its best. DEEP BITE A deep bite can create several problems for patients. A deep bite can lead to the appearance of a “gummy” smile, where the gums appear to cover too much of the teeth. The front teeth can collapse inwards as well, causing aesthetic issues. Additionally, a deep bite can cause the teeth to wear down prematurely. Visit Millpond Family Dental at 3490 Kildaire Farm Rd STE. 170, Cary, NC 27518, or call Dentist in Cary, NC at (984) 465-1544 to learn how Invisalign allows you to carry on your regular life without anybody noticing your orthodontic treatment.

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    Cosmetic Dentistry

    Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dental care that focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth, gums, and smile. It goes beyond just fixing oral health issues; it aims to enhance your overall aesthetic appeal. Through various procedures and treatments, cosmetic dentists can address common dental problems like stained or discolored teeth, misaligned bites, chipped or cracked teeth, and even gaps between teeth. POPULAR PROCEDURES IN COSMETIC DENTISTRY When it comes to achieving a beautiful smile, cosmetic dentistry offers a range of procedures that can enhance the appearance of your teeth and gums. These treatments are designed to address common dental concerns and help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Here are some popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry: Teeth Whitening This procedure is one of the most requested treatments in cosmetic dentistry. It involves bleaching your teeth to remove stains and discoloration, leaving them looking brighter and whiter. Dental Veneers Veneers are thin shells made from porcelain or composite resin that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. They can improve the shape, size, color, and alignment of your teeth, giving you a picture-perfect smile. Dental Implants [https://www.millponddentist.com/specialty/dental-implants/] If you have missing teeth, dental implants are an excellent option for restoring both function and aesthetics. They involve surgically placing titanium posts into your jawbone to act as artificial tooth roots onto which prosthetic teeth or crowns can be attached. Orthodontic Treatments Traditional braces or clear aligners like Invisalign [https://www.millponddentist.com/specialty/invisalign/]can correct misaligned or crooked teeth effectively. These treatments not only straighten your teeth but also improve overall oral health by addressing issues such as crowded or spaced-out teeth. Composite Bonding Composite bonding uses tooth-colored resin material applied directly to the affected tooth's surface. It is used for repairing chipped or cracked teeth, closing gaps between teeth, and reshaping unevenly sized or pointed ones. Gum Contouring Also known as gum reshaping, this procedure involves removing excess gum tissue to reveal more tooth structure. It helps create a balanced and symmetrical-looking smile by improving gum proportions. These popular procedures provide effective solutions for various aesthetic dental concerns while simultaneously improving oral health and functionality - all contributing towards boosting self-confidence! BENEFITS OF COSMETIC DENTISTRY A beautiful smile can do wonders for your confidence and overall appearance. That's where cosmetic dentistry comes in. With various procedures tailored to enhance the aesthetics of your teeth, this branch of dentistry offers numerous benefits that go beyond just improving your smile. * One major benefit is improved self-esteem. When you feel good about the way you look, it positively impacts how you carry yourself and interact with others. A confident smile can make a lasting impression and open doors both personally and professionally. * Cosmetic dentistry also has functional advantages. Procedures like dental implants not only improve the appearance of missing teeth but also restore proper chewing ability, making it easier to enjoy a wide range of foods without discomfort or embarrassment. * Another advantage is increased oral health awareness. By undergoing cosmetic dental treatments, individuals often become more conscious about their oral hygiene practices, leading to better overall oral health habits such as regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. * In addition to these personal benefits, cosmetic dentistry can have long-lasting effects on your social life as well. A radiant smile can improve relationships by boosting your attractiveness and giving you the confidence to engage in social situations without reservation. * Many patients find that cosmetic dentistry improves their quality of life by relieving pain associated with misaligned or damaged teeth. Treatments like orthodontics or veneers not only enhance aesthetics but also correct bite issues that may cause discomfort or jaw pain. Whether it's fixing chipped teeth, whitening stained enamel, or reshaping uneven gums – cosmetic dentistry offers an array of solutions tailored to meet individual needs while providing a range of physical and emotional benefits that contribute to an overall sense of wellbeing. So why wait? Consult with our trusted cosmetic dentist [https://www.millponddentist.com/meet-the-team/] today! CONCLUSION Cosmetic dentistry is a valuable field of dentistry that focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth and smile. With its wide range of procedures, cosmetic dentistry can address various aesthetic concerns, helping you achieve the smile you've always desired. From teeth whitening to dental veneers, there are numerous popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry that can enhance the color, shape, size, and alignment of your teeth. These treatments are designed to give you a confident smile and boost your self-esteem. The benefits of cosmetic dentistry go beyond just aesthetics. Not only does it improve the appearance of your teeth, but it also enhances their functionality. Procedures like dental implants and crowns not only fill gaps but also restore proper chewing function, enabling you to enjoy your favorite foods without hesitation. By addressing oral health issues such as tooth decay or misalignment through cosmetic procedures like composite bonding or orthodontics, you can prevent further complications down the line. This investment in your oral health will lead to long-term benefits for both your physical wellbeing and overall quality of life. With advancements in technology [https://www.millponddentist.com/technology/] and techniques in recent years, cosmetic dentistry has become more accessible than ever before. Dentists specializing in this field have honed their skills to provide patients with exceptional results while ensuring minimal discomfort during treatment. Remember, everyone deserves a beautiful smile they can be proud of. So if you're unhappy with any aspect of your teeth's appearance or want to address an underlying issue affecting both form and function, consider exploring the options available through cosmetic dentistry. Visit Millpond Family Dental [https://www.millponddentist.com/] at 3490 Kildaire Farm Rd STE. 170, Cary, NC 27518, or call Dentist in Cary, NC at (984) 465-1544 to embrace the transformative power of cosmetic dentistry and unlock a radiant smile

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    Smile Restorations

    A smile restoration refers to any procedure that improves the aesthetics or function of your smile. At Millpond Family Dental, common aesthetic treatments include dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening. These treatments are effective for a variety of dental issues, including small chips in the teeth, uneven spacing and gum lines, or stains and discolorations on the smile. More functional treatments include dental fillings, crowns, and implants. We utilize the latest technology and top quality materials to ensure that we provide beautiful and long lasting restorations for years of trouble free use. FAQS WHEN IS A SMILE RESTORATION RECOMMENDED? Smiles can be restored for several reasons. Some patients need to replace old, worn-down restorations while others may have had trauma to the tooth, such as from a sports injury or car accident. Still others may feel like they’ve lost part of their smile, such as when one or more teeth have been extracted. DO YOU USE SILVER FILLINGS? At Millpond Family Dental we do not use any of the older stye alamgam metal fillings. All of our fillings are tooth colored BPA free composite resins. We are fully equipped with all EPA certified amalgam seperation systems and high volume evacuation to safely removed older amalgam fillings when necessary. WHAT ARE SOME TYPES OF RESTORATIONS? DENTAL VENEERS  When the appearance of your smile is hurting your confidence, there are some cosmetic treatments that can help you regain that confidence. One common treatment used for smile restoration is dental veneers. Veneers are discreet shells that fit over your existing teeth. They are custom-made for each patient, which makes them comfortable. Dental veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth. They are great for hiding discolored, stained, or crooked teeth. The veneers are colored to match the rest of the teeth and create a uniform appearance. The veneers are also stain-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about them becoming discolored over time. DENTAL BONDING Dental bonding is a cost-effective and simple procedure. This common dental procedure is ideal for repairing small chips, cracks, or teeth that have slight staining. Dental bonding uses a tooth-colored resin material to repair the tooth. We will place the resin material on the tooth, mold it to the desired shape, and harden it with a special curing light. Once the bonding is set, your dentist will further shape it, if needed, so it blends in with the rest of your smile.  DENTAL CROWNS If your teeth have become discolored, cracked, or chipped, or you have a tooth that is too short or too long, you could benefit from a dental crown. Dental crowns are made to look like natural teeth as they cover the whole problematic tooth, so no one will be able to tell that you have one.  DENTAL BRIDGES If you are missing several teeth, you may not be able to get dental implants because you might not have enough healthy bone mass to support implants. Instead, a dental bridge could be recommended. A bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that is fixed in place by anchoring it to the teeth on either side of the space through crowns. Bridges are permanent, so they offer better stability and lasting results than dentures. DENTAL IMPLANTS One of the most popular smile restoration options, dental implants is a permanent replacement for missing teeth. They are small titanium posts that replace the tooth’s root. After the implant is placed, it will need a few months to heal before the restoration can be added. After the healing period, an abutment and dental crown are placed on top of the implant. The result is a natural-looking, beautiful, and functional smile.  Visit Millpond Family Dental at 3490 Kildaire Farm Rd STE. 170, Cary, NC 27518, or call (984) 465-1544 for the best dental care personalized to your specific needs.

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    Dental implants

    Dental implants are permanent replacement tooth roots that are made from titanium. The implant acts as an anchor for the replacement tooth, holding the new tooth firmly in place. At Millpond Family Dental, dental implants are placed as a preferred permanent solution that can last for a lifetime with proper care. They are a particularly excellent option for patients who have lost a tooth due to an injury or periodontal disease. Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants look and function like natural teeth, so patients can smile, talk, and eat with confidence. Dental implants are a key part of our practice and as such we have invested in the latest technology and equipment to safely and easily place and restore dental implants.  FAQS HOW DO DENTAL IMPLANTS WORK? Dental implant posts work as artificial tooth roots. This metal post is placed directly into the jawbone, where it fuses with your bone. This forms a strong foundation for a replacement tooth, which will be placed on top of the metal post. In this way, implants not only help restore your ability to eat and speak, they also prevent jawbone deterioration that commonly occurs after tooth loss.  IS THIS A PAINFUL PROCEDURE? In most cases placing a dental implant is actually much more straighforward than removing the tooth in the first place. In addition since there are not nerve endings in bone and there is no hole left after the implant placement, most patient only feel minor soreness for a few days post placement. DO I HAVE TO GO TO A SURGEON? No. At Millpond Family Dental our team has completed extensive training in advanced implant procedures, and has all of the expertise and equipment to place and restore your implant right here in our office. WHAT IF I ALREADY HAVE A DENTURE AND WANT IMPLANTS? In many cases as long as there is still adequate bone we can place dental implants and attach a detnure to these implants. This provides a stable foundation for your denture and eliminates the need for creams or adhesives to hold your denture in place. In some cases we can even attach your existing denture to the new implants! Visit Millpond Family Dental at 3490 Kildaire Farm Rd. STE. 170, Cary, NC 27518, or call Dentist Cary, NC at (984) 465-1544 to find out how dental implants are an excellent choice for you. 

Reviews

"Dr. Harward is at the elite tier of the dentistry profession. I have never actually "liked" a dentist. You go in, you're in pain while you're there, and you dread ever coming back. I came to Dr. Harward with severe issues due to grinding my teeth at night. My job and the environment were causing me a great deal of stress. Unbeknownst to myself, this stress was causing me to slowly crack my teeth at night. I was in pain and had 2 infected teeth due to the cracks, which allowed food to make its way into the cracks. ( I learned this from him, because he makes sure to share his knowledge with you ) Dr Harward was thoughtfully asking me questions regarding me being nervous about being there. He asked what would help me feel better? He assured me he would tell me each step of the way what he was doing, and he did. Dr Harward works quickly, which matters when your in pain and or nervous. He is extremely thorough and kind. I recently had to return for the same reason, but concerning a different tooth. Not to long ago Dr Harward opened his own practice and decided to leave where he was part time in order to dedicate his time fully to his own practice. I took the time to find where he went- because he is a cut above everyone else. I cannot say enough good things about his work, professionalism, and kindness. Additionally he is funny, and therefore I would give 10 stars 🌟 but Google has the cutoff at 5 stars. He is the Best Dentist I have ever gone to."

"First time going to Millpond Family Dental and I will definitely be remaining as a patient. The office was warm, inviting, and calming. Everyone was very friendly and put me at ease. The hygienist and Dr. Harward were both very calm took their time to explain things and ask if I had any questions without feeling overwhelming. Would definitely recommend to family and friends."

"I had a great experience at Millpond Family Dental! They were friendly, clean, thorough, and made me feel so welcome at my first visit!"

"From the moment I walked in, the customer service was spot-on, with a friendly reception and a hygienist who immediately made me feel at ease. The office is new and modern. Dr. Harwood was friendly and provided personalized, empathetic care, and addressed all my questions/concerns. I highly recommend this dental practice for anyone looking for top-notch care."

"By far the best dentist experience I’ve had in the area. Finally feel like I’ve found my family’s dental home!"

Location

3490 KILDAIRE FARM RD STE. 170,
CARY, NC 27518

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