2023 Midtown Diamond Awards Recap

Midtown and Cary Living magazine hosted their annual Diamond Awards and Lane & Associates was more than happy to join the event as this year’s title sponsor. The Midtown 2023 Diamond Awards highlight businesses from across the Triad area awarding Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners throughout the night.

The event was held in Downtown Raleigh at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  The scene was set for a beautiful evening.  Three levels of the museum were filled with award recipients ranging from categories like entertainment services to professional + educational services. The setting was perfect for networking.  The event was catered and offered finger foods, and had a wall display of champagne glasses filled with “diamonds”.  Everything was aesthetically pleasing!

Lane & Associates Family Dentistry was happy to take home the Silver award for Best Dentist!  Our sister company North Carolina Oral Surgery + Orthodontics was honored to accept the Gold Award for Best Orthodontist.

Overall the event was phenomenal!  We look forward to attending the Diamond Awards in 2024!

Click here to read the full list of 2023 Diamond Award winners.

Photos were captured by: Mash Photography & Alisha Cleveland Photography

 

At Lane and Associates Family Dentistry, we are here to help you during your smile journey! To learn more about all of our dental services, visit us at lanedds.com/services/ or call us at 877-LANEDDS (526-3337)At Lane and Associates Family Dentistry, We Love to Make You Smile!
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A water flosser is a device that uses a stream of water to clean between teeth and along the gum line. They have become increasingly popular as an alternative to traditional flossing, but many people are unsure if it is safe to share a water flosser.

While it can be ok to share a water flosser between two people, there are risks involved if done incorrectly. This article will examine the benefits of water flossing, considerations when sharing a water flosser, and guidelines for proper cleaning and maintenance.

Benefits of Using a Water Flosser

  • Improved Oral Hygiene: Water flossing has been shown to remove plaque and food particles from between teeth and along the gum line, leading to improved oral hygiene.
  • Convenient and Easy to Use: Water flossers are simple to operate and can be a convenient alternative to traditional flossing, particularly for those with mobility issues or braces.
  • Effective Removal of Plaque and Food Particles: The high-pressure stream of water in a water flosser is effective at removing plaque and food particles that can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.

Considerations When Sharing a Water Flosser

Before sharing a water flosser, it’s important to consider:

  • Using Interchangeable Tips: Some water flossers have interchangeable tips, which can be used by multiple people. However, it’s important to consider the risk of spreading bacteria, viruses, or other pathogens.
  • Cost and Availability of Multiple Water Flossers: Sharing a water flosser may not be cost-effective or practical, especially if multiple people need to use it.

How to Properly Clean and Maintain a Shared Water Flosser

  • Recommended Cleaning Frequency: It’s recommended to clean the water flosser after each use to maintain hygiene and cleanliness.
  • Steps for Cleaning the Device: Use warm water and a mild dish soap to clean the water tank and nozzle. Rinse thoroughly and air-dry.
  • Replacing the Tips and Nozzles: Over time, the tips and nozzles of the water flosser can become worn or contaminated, so it’s important to replace them regularly to maintain hygiene and performance.

Alternative Options for Oral Hygiene

If sharing a water flosser is not feasible or desirable, there are other oral hygiene methods to consider, such as:

  • Individual Water Flossers: Each person can have their own water flosser to ensure proper hygiene and avoid the spread of disease.
  • Interdental Brushes: Interdental brushes are small, cone-shaped brushes that can be used to clean between teeth.
  • Traditional Flossing: Traditional flossing remains an effective way to remove plaque and food particles from between teeth.

Conclusion

In conclusion, sharing a water flosser may not be the best choice due to the risk of spreading infection and the importance of maintaining hygiene and cleanliness. Proper cleaning and maintenance of a shared water flosser are critical for ensuring its effectiveness and safety. If sharing is not an option, there are other methods of oral hygiene to consider. In any case, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene to protect your overall health.

Contact Lane and Associates Today

If you think that a water flosser could be a good alternative to flossing for you, consult with the dentists at Lane and Associates Family Dentistry. We can help you find the best oral hygiene method for your needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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Staying Busy in the Communities That We Serve

Lane and Associates (LAA) takes pride in partnering with local businesses and providing support at community events .  At our core, we strive to connect and give back to those that we serve. Our October has been full of amazing community events that we’ve had the opportunity to be involved in.  Read below about some of the events that we have recently attended.

Caniac Carnival

On October 1st, Lane & Associates (LAA) was invited to the 2022 Carolina Hurricane’s Caniac Kickoff. As the official team dentist, we were more than happy to oblige! LAA’s Smile Squad filled the corridor with smiling faces, cheerful laughs, lane swag, and of course the beloved prize wheel. It was a huge hit amongst guests of all ages. Once the wheel was in rotation, a bright smile would overcome each participant as they awaited to see what prize their spin won. It was a great event full of excitement and energy!

Moore County Employee Health Fair

Lane and Associates also attended the Moore County Employee Health Fair in Carthage, NC. This event was hosted to bring awareness to different healthcare businesses available to Moore County employees. Attendees entered the Parks & Recreation Sports Complex, and were urged to make their round to each table to learn about what each company offered.

Lane & Associates welcomed everyone to their table with a spin of the prize wheel, and gave out informational cards detailing the different services offered. The event had a great turnout. We met some new faces as well as some of our current patients.

Looking Forward to Future Events

We are always looking for ways to get involved in our communities. In a few weeks, we look forwarded to attending the Maysville Fall Fest! Keep a lookout for us, and if you find yourself there, please stop by our booth to say hello!

 

At Lane and Associates Family Dentistry, we are here to help you during your smile journey! To learn more about all of our dental services, visit us at lanedds.com/services/ or call us at 877-LANEDDS (526-3337)At Lane and Associates Family Dentistry, We Love to Make You Smile!

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PNC Canes Walk

The 9th annual Canes 5k took place at the PNC Arena on September 18th.  People from across the triangle gathered to race and show support for the Canes Foundation.  Lane and Associates were among many organizations there to show support.

The LAA crew arrived to the PNC Arena around 8am. After being greeted with bright smiling faces, PNC blasted music to get everyone pumped.  The crowd was vibrant, and participants began to fill the stadium, painting the arena red with their complimentary Canes 5k tees.  As the time approached for the race to begin, PNC kept the energy high by introducing players from the Carolina Hurricanes. The cheers sent a huge wave of joy throughout the crowd.  This was the perfect segue to begin the race.

Time to Race

PNC concluded the morning warm up, and participants began to line up at the starting line to begin the race.  The whistle blew and everyone started pacing themselves to complete their 5k journey.  The course was strategically mapped with checkpoints staffed by volunteers cheering contestants on and keeping the momentum high.

The Final Stretch

After some time the runners began trickling in to the finish line.  During the final stretch you could see a burst of energy overcome each participant as they approached the finish line.  After each runner crossed the finish line, their hands flew in the air and huge smiles of accomplishment beamed across their faces. At the race’s conclusion a sense of euphoria rushed across the crowd as everyone completed their own personal 5k journey.

In conclusion,  with the help of each and every participant The Canes Foundation was able to raise $50,000 to help provide funding to children’s nonprofits with a health or education focus throughout North Carolina.  Lane and Associates is proud to support its community and give back!  We appreciate the Carolina Hurricanes for their continuous efforts to service their own stomping grounds, and look forward to more community events.

Lane Employees smiling in blue tutus

At Lane and Associates Family Dentistry, we are here to help you during your smile journey! To learn more about all of our dental services, visit us at lanedds.com/services/ or call us at 877-LANEDDS (526-3337)At Lane and Associates Family Dentistry, We Love to Make You Smile!
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Annual Kay Yow Cancer Fund Golf Classic

Lane & Associates Family Dentistry (LAA) had the pleasure of sponsoring the registration of this year’s Annual Kay Yow Cancer Fund Golf Classic. As Mission Partners of the Kay Yow Cancer Foundation LAA has aided in the uniting of communities in the fight against cancer.

On August 21st golfers and supporters arrived at the beautiful Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst, NC to register for the next day’s golf classic. The Nike swag each golfer received did not disappoint; pullovers, hats, and shoes! Lane & Associates had to get in on the action and gifted each golfer with a backpack filled with golf balls and tees, a cooling towel, and healthy snacks to keep the golfers going.

Kay Yow Cancer Fund Reception Did Not Disappoint

That night, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund celebrated with an outstanding welcome reception at the hotel.  Festive pink up lighting lit the room as you navigated through multiple food stations which included a salad bar, taco bar, charcuterie display, an amazing paella filled with seafood, and so much more.  Let’s not forget dessert, the pink-themed desserts definitely deserve an honorable mention, strawberry shortcake cupcake, cheesecake, and ridiculously appetizing shortbread cookies.

              

Games and a pink paddle auction entertained guests as more money was raised to continue the fight against all cancers affecting women. The auction alone raised over $170,00 dollars.

“It was amazing to see all of these people give. I feel so blessed to be a part of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund through Lane & Associates.  It has become near and dear to my heart; the people and the mission.” says Stephanie Klein, Marketing Director.

One by one women took the stage to share stories of life and loss. Impactful stories of how the fund has helped them through their cancer journey with lessons of how important early detection is.  Lane has worked with Stephanie Glance, outgoing CEO and lifetime board member for many years and we were excited when she was presented the Kay Yow Cancer Fund Impact Award!

The night continued with tears, hugs, empowerment, and of course dancing. We cannot wait until next year!

Kay Yow Cancer Fund Statistics:

The Kay Yow cancer fund has awarded $7.88 million dollars in grants against ALL cancers affecting women. Here are some impressive statistics of Kay Yow Cancer Funds’ grants:

  • $2.4M – Ovarian Cancer$1.6M – Breast Cancer
  • $1.28M – Assisting The Underserved$1.1M – Uterine/Endometrial Cancer
  • $1M – Cancer In Aging Women
  • $200,000 – Women’s Cancer
  • $100,000 – Lung Cancer
  • $5,000 – Mammograms Per Year

We’d Love to Hear and Share Your Story!

Have you or anyone you know been positively affected by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund? If so, share your/their story with us via email at [email protected]. We would love to feature you during the Month of October.

To learn more about the Kay Yow Cancer Fund visit their website at www.kayyow.com

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Lane and Associates is the proud sponsor for Phillips Farm this season. What’s Phillips Farm you ask? Only the best place to take your family for some weekend entertainment. Every season Phillips Farm hosts special events, and fun activities for the whole family.  Keep reading to learn more about Phillip’s Farm current summer event!

 

Summer Season at Phillips Farm

 

Each Saturday of the month Phillips Farm hosts a Farmers Market from 9am to 2pm. It’s a Saturday highlight for Cary natives and surrounding cities!

   Lane & Associates Family Dentistry’s  Smile Squad is present every weekend ready to offer you a warm smile and general information on dental services.  Come check out our booth and give our prize wheel a spin to win some Lane swag to take home.

There are so many activities to enjoy while visiting Phillips Farm. Small businesses set up weekly and prepare a beautiful spread to be shopped.  Listen to live music, all while browsing fresh produce and local goods.   Be sure to stop by for some family fun!  Vendors rotate weekly, so there’s always something new to see!

Check out these photos captured from last week’s event.  If you’re able to stop by Phillips Farm please come to say hello!

 

At Lane and Associates Family Dentistry, we are here to help you during your smile journey! To learn more about all of our dental services, visit us at lanedds.com/services/ or call us at 877-LANEDDS (526-3337)At Lane and Associates Family Dentistry, We Love to Make You Smile!

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Recognition and appreciation of those that contribute to the community is important to Lane
and Associates.  The Johnston Now Honors Award ceremony returned for their 5th year, and as a sponsor, Lane & Associates were among many to present special accolades to Johnston County leaders for their tireless work within community.

Regional stakeholders and community members from Johnston County, and surrounding areas poured in to help celebrate the achievements of each nominee.

The Johnston Now Honors presented 12 awards ranging from Spirit of the County, to Legend Award.  Each recipient was welcomed to the stage with an intro speaker to highlight the qualities exemplified to earn their place on the ballot. 

Lane and Associates was fortunate enough to present an award to Exemplary Volunteer of the Year- Leigh Hudson.  Leigh has dedicated many years serving his community, from being a volunteer firefighter, to his long time involvement in Rotary International.  

The Johnston Now team prepared gift bags full of swag from supporting local businesses and sponsors. It was a sight to watch everyone’s face light up so bright after seeing all of the great items received. Hors d’oeuvres were provided for all attendees from Sak’s Deli & Grill located in Clayton, North Carolina.  They were absolutely delicious!

Lane and Associates was  honored to grace the stage with so many upstanding community leaders. We look forward to Johnston Now’s future award ceremonies and events.

 

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World Oral Health Day!

Sunday, March 20th is World Oral Health Day, a day where dental communities unite and bring global awareness to the prevention of oral diseases. It’s time to brush up your own mouth healthy know-how, so this year Lane & Associates Family Dentistry is doing things a little different.

Instead of an ordinary blog post, we’ve decided to highlight a variety of dental communities and their 2022 efforts dedicated to World Oral Health Day! So many organizations have decided to launch week to year long campaigns dedicated to the importance of oral hygiene.

So let’s start with FDI World Dental Federation who organizes, sponsors, and markets World Oral Health Day. Their year long campaign involves national dental associations from around the world with activities in over 130 countries.

Take a look at some of their resources here.

Now let’s take a look at organizations with blogs, much like this one, who are providing resourceful information about World Oral Health Day.

Dentsply Sirona Proudly Supports World Oral Health Day 2022
Nicswell World Oral Health Day 2022
ADA Dental Community Unites for World Oral Health Day
Awareness Days World Oral Health Day 2022
Delta Dental World Oral Health Day 2022
Eduwar World Oral Health Day 2022
Virt World Oral Health Day 2022
National Today World Oral Health Day 2022

Don’t forget to stay connected with World Oral Health Day on Social Media to learn more.
Let’s work together to achieve healthier mouths and healthier lives!

IG: @worldoralhealthday https://www.instagram.com/worldoralhealthday
#WOHD22
#MouthProud

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Happy Friday!

Lane and Associates Staff Appreciation GiftThis week, Lane & Associates has been filled with fun and fellowship. There are so many holidays in the month of March but this week we focused on some very special ones.

A company gift was distributed to all Dentists and Dental Assistants in honor of National Dentist’s Day (March 6th) and Dental Assistants Recognition Week (March 6th – March 12th). Each person received a branded Neoprene Wristband Key Chain along with a $25.00 Target Gift Card. Who doesn’t love a trip to Target?

Dentistry Conference

Lane & Associates Family Dentistry was also represented at the National Mobile & Teledentistry Conference which was held in Las Vegas. The conference featured hundreds of entrepreneurs, industry experts, brand leaders, and dental professionals from across the world – all while diving into the future of dentistry! At LAA, introducing new methods of modern dentistry is always an exciting bonus.

Business of the Week

Speaking of exciting, North Carolina Oral Surgery + Orthodontics – Dunn (NCOSO) received an award. They were featured as Business of the Week by the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce. Keep watch for Dunn Chamber announcements next Wednesday! A special shoutout to Heather with the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce who came to the office and captured some amazing shots of the shining staff!

NCOSO Staff Award

The Best Dentist

An additional award was received by Lane & Associates Family Dentistry as Best Dentist – Gold from Midtown Magazine at their 2022 Diamond Awards. LAA was also acknowledged as Best Dentist – Bronze in Cary Living Magazine.

Lane and Associates Staff Accepting a Midtown Magazine Award

Stay tuned for next week’s #LAAWeekly!

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hand pointing to abutment on fake teeth

Are you advised to get dental implants or dental bridges to replace your missing teeth? If yes, then you should know different parts of dental implants and dental bridges. The expert dental professionals of Lane and Associates Family Dentistry guide their patients about the most suitable treatment option to replace their teeth. Read the complete article to have thorough knowledge about a dental abutment and different queries about it. 

What is a Dental Abutment Tooth?

The Lane Dentists are known as the best skilled dental personnel in town. According to the expert dentist, a dental abutment joins two or more elements that are utilized in restorative dentistry. In the case of a dental bridge, the abutment teeth are the two adjacent teeth that hold the bridge, or the teeth that support a partial denture. 

In the case of dental implants, the abutments are used to join the bridge or other tooth replacements to the fixture that is inserted in the jawbone. The abutment teeth or other abutments provide a base for the functional restoration of bite and restoring beautiful smiles.  

Is an Abutment the Same as an Implant?

A dental implant is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical dental procedure. The process of dental implant is slightly different, it requires proper healing, the fusion of the dental implant with the surrounding bone, and then finally the abutment is placed. The healing of the dental implant process takes several months, and, if the patient’s jaw needs support from a bone graft, healing may take longer.

Dental implant Patients are usually provided with a temporary prosthetic tooth to wear while the implant is recovering. This lengthy healing process forms a stable foundation for your prosthetic tooth, which will bear the wear and tear of chewing and other functions. After the bone and implant have fully healed, the dentist uses local anesthesia at the region of the implant and inserts the abutment into the implant.

It is inserted with the help of dental cement or a special kind of screw that is also known as a lag screw. After the complete healing of the surrounding gum tissue, the crown can be joined to the abutment, and the restoration is complete.

The Abutments in the case of the bridge are used to attach a bridge or removable denture to an implant. Certain abutments materials are recommended for different types of restorations, according to the Lane Dentists titanium is often used due to its durability and its biocompatibility.

The other material used is zirconium, which imitates the natural color of the tooth, this is advised in cases if the abutment is highly visible. The dental team at the Lane and Associates Family Dentistry strives to serve our valued clients and if you need any suggestions related to your dental bridge then book your appointment right away with us.

How is a Dental Abutment Inserted?

In the case of a dental implant firstly the dentist waits for the process of osseointegration to complete. After the completion of osseointegration, the dental team at the Lane and Associates performs an additional surgery to place the abutment. The abutment is attached to the area where the crown will eventually attach. It is normally a minor surgery, and the patient is given local anesthesia in an outpatient setting.

Following steps are performed to insert the abutment: 

  • The Lane Dentists reopens the gum to expose the dental implant
  • The abutment is joined to the dental implant
  • The gum tissue is then closed around, leaving the abutment exposed

The site of abutment attachment varies according to different dental implant metal posts. This means that the dentist performs an extra surgical step.

 The abutment passes through the gum line, and it is visible when the patient opens their mouth, it will be that way until the Lane dentist completes the tooth prosthesis. If you don’t want the abutment to be visible, then there is the option that you can have the abutment placed in a separate appointment.

What Teeth Can You Get An Abutment On?

Selecting the abutment teeth is one of the most imperative steps when planning for a dental bridge. The Lane dentists make a complete treatment plan for the specific clinical situation and confirm the feasibility of a dental bridge.

There are a few requirements for teeth to use as an abutment which include the health of the tooth, it should be treated completely if it has cavity or decay, the teeth should not have a gingival recession or a greater degree of mobility. If the dental bridges are supported by many abutments, then minor mobility of the teeth can be accepted.

You can get a dental bridge on your front teeth although it is not very common.

Some teeth have greater strength, and these teeth are more suitable for use as abutments and these teeth include the molars due to the presence of multiple roots and strong bone. While on the other hand some teeth are proven to be extremely weak abutment teeth which are known as incisors due to the presence of a single root.

At Lane and Associates, the expert dental professionals examine your mouth and make a perfect treatment plan so that your smile can be restored to good health. 

Does Getting an Abutment Hurt?

The abutment is fixed by a dental specialist at Lane and Associates and in this procedure, the dentists make a small cut in the gum area to fix the abutment. This dental procedure is less invasive and less painful than the process of the implantation procedure.

To fix the abutment, the surgeon will reopen the gum only to expose the dental implant. The specialist will attach the abutment and then close the gum tissue around it. It will not hurt the patient because in most cases anesthesia is given to the patients, although some discomfort may occur after numbing wears off.

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