If you haven’t visited the dentist in a while because your teeth feel fine and you’re not having any pain, you’re not alone. Many people feel that if nothing seems wrong, there’s no need for a dental visit, so they only schedule an appointment when they have pain or a dental emergency. We refer to this as “crisis treatment.” This kind of treatment allows us to only be reactive to a problem, but the best way to care for your teeth is to be proactive.
When you’re proactive about your oral health care and come in for regular exams and cleanings, Cary family dentist Dr. DeSaix is able to find problems, like cavities, in their early stages and provide conservative treatment. We see and treat patients of all ages, from 1 to 101, and our comprehensive services range from preventive care, such as checkups, to cosmetic dentistry and protective care like crowns.Schedule an Appointment
Consultations & Bi-annual Checkups
If you would like to consult with Dr. DeSaix about your dental needs, we invite you to schedule an appointment. She is happy to sit down with you to discuss ways to improve your dental health. We also recommend having routine checkups twice a year.
During your checkup, our Kildaire Family Dental team in Cary, NC will give you a thorough exam, checking your teeth, gums, cheeks, and jaw, as well as taking any necessary X-rays and doing an oral cancer screening. This checkup allows Dr. DeSaix to look for any signs of potential problems and begin treatment immediately if she notices anything. We also complete a cleaning during your checkup, so you’ll leave our office with a bright and shiny smile!
Periodontal (Gum) Care
Periodontal (gum) disease ranges from very minor gingivitis to more extreme periodontitis. During your routine checkup, we will look for signs of possible gum disease by probing gum depths (how far your gums are away from your teeth) and using X-rays that show bone loss or calculus under the gums.
If we see signs of gum disease, Dr. DeSaix may recommend a deep cleaning, or a scaling and root planing, which protects your teeth against additional bone loss. If either of these is recommended, we will walk you through the procedure and make sure you’re comfortable with local anesthesia.
Sealants are a great preventive tool we use on the teeth of our younger patients. We often refer to the procedure as “painting teeth” because that’s basically what the process involves. Sealants can reduce a child’s risk for cavities and other dental problems in the future. We clean and examine all teeth prior to placing the sealant, and no anesthesia is required for the procedure. Your child will be in and out fast!
When small cavities are present, Dr. DeSaix may recommend a filling to remove the decay and protect against further damage. We typically place only tooth-colored (composite) fillings because they are more conservative than traditional silver fillings. They require less preparation prior to placement, and they leave behind more of your tooth’s healthy structure.
A dental crown is an overlay that covers the entire visible part of a tooth. They protect the tooth and any filling that the tooth may contain. Crowns are cemented into place on your natural tooth or atop an implant, giving them a secure fit.
We offer a variety of dental crowns: solid zirconia, ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and gold. The color of the crown varies based on the material. A porcelain crown can often be created to match the shade of surrounding teeth to help it look more natural. We also provide conservative onlays and inlays.
We offer a variety of dental crowns: solid zirconia, ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and gold. We can also provide conservative onlays and inlays. To learn more about dental crowns and how they can help you, visit our Crowns page!
Dental Implant Restorations
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth, from one to many. Implants are small titanium posts that are placed into the jaw in place of a tooth root, providing a solid anchor for a restoration. If you’ve had implants recently placed, we can design and place your restoration. Whether you need a crown or a bridge, our team is equipped to fit you with the best restoration for your needs and lifestyle.
Non-Surgical Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is sometimes necessary if a tooth has become severely infected or the tissue or roots are damaged. The procedure allows us to avoid extracting the tooth, instead cleaning out the infection and placing a protective crown on top of the tooth.
We know our patients often dread hearing the term “root canal,” but the procedure is actually very simple and not nearly as painful as you think! To start, Dr. DeSaix numbs the patient’s mouth. She then makes an opening in the top of the tooth and cleans out the nerve tissue and bacteria from inside the tooth. The doctor then seals the inside of the tooth to prevent future infections, and finally places a crown on top of the tooth to give it extra strength.
There are times when your natural tooth cannot be saved. If other treatments haven’t worked and your tooth is still causing you problems, Dr. DeSaix may recommend extracting the tooth. We also extract wisdom teeth when there isn’t enough room in the mouth to accommodate them, or when they are causing other problems. If extraction is necessary, our team will walk you through the procedure and keep you comfortable.
If you have severe tooth or mouth pain or an injury to your mouth, you should call our Cary dental office as soon as possible. We set aside time in our daily schedule to treat emergency dental issues. We also accept calls for our patients after hours. It is important for our patients to be able to reach us when they need to. Contact the office anytime for details and emergency treatment.
Invisalign® Aligner Therapy
Getting a straighter smile doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend years in braces. There’s a clearer option with Invisalign aligner therapy. Instead of shifting your teeth with brackets and wires, this orthodontic treatment uses barely noticeable trays known as aligners. For more details about the benefits of Invisalign, visit our Aligner Therapy page!