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Welcome to Don Fortner, DMD, Your Dentist in Salisbury, NC

Welcome! The dental professionals at Don Fortner, DMD are pleased to welcome you to our practice. We want all our patients to be informed decision makers and fully understand any health issues you face. That's why we've developed a web site loaded with valuable information about preventive dental care , dental problems and treatment options.  We encourage you to visit this site whenever you have concern about your teeth.

Our web site also provides you with background about our, staff, office hours, insurance policies, appointment procedures, maps, directions to our office in and other useful information. We know how hectic life can be and are committed to making our practice convenient and accessible. And we want you to feel confident that when you choose , you're working with doctors and other professionals who are qualified, experienced and caring.

Please take a few moments to look through this site to get a better feel for the practice and services offered. We also invite you to email or call our office at any time to request an appointment or ask any questions. Thank you.

Meet Our Doctors

Learn Who We Are

  • Don Fortner, D.M.D.

    Dr. Fortner believes that the Dr-Patient relationship is more than just the time together during the dental appointment. He credits his success in Salisbury to long-term patient relationships, trust, compassion, and working together for an improved dental health plan. According to Dr. Fortner, “We're a dental family” and this commitment is visible to his dental team and patients alike.

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  • Zachary C. Williams, D.M.D.

    Dr. Williams grew up in Bessemer City, NC, and obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees in medical sciences prior to pursuing his doctor of dental medicine degree at the School of Dental Medicine at East Carolina University. Dr. Williams enjoys all areas of dentistry, especially the newest treatment available in the areas of dental surgery and implant placement. Like Dr. Fortner, Dr. Williams is trained in the advanced technology available at the practice (Cerec, 3D Imaging, Solea laser) for diagnosis, treatment, and patient comfort.

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Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


By Appointment Only






See What Patients Say About Us

  • "Dr Williams is awesome. I have extreme dental anxiety and he was very patient with me. He also worked very quickly and has an awesome sense of humor."
    Dru D.
  • "I am literally terrified of the dentist. Someone recommended Dr. Forter for my cavity fillings & he made sure that I did not feel a thing!!! I had a great experience here and I highly recommend Dr. Fortner :)"
    Elaine K.
  • "My family and I have been patients of Dr. Fortner for years. He and his staff have provided excellent service at every visit. I highly recommend Dr. Fortner and his staff for all of your dental needs!"
    Patrice S.
  • "Thank you to Dr. Williams and everyone thats involved in daily operations of this clinic. You guys rock (Becky), best dental care (work) I've had done in a long time, if ever! Good job to Dr. Fortner for the care he has provided to his patients and staff over the years."
    Marjel T.
  • "I switched to Dr. Fortner several years ago and it was the best decision I could have made for my oral health. Everyone in his office is super friendly and I have the best hygienist, Whitney! From deep cleanings, to in-office teeth whitening, and SureSmile clear aligner treatments, Dr. Fortner and his team have taken care of all of it for me."
    Erica W.

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  • Periodontal (Gum) Disease

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    Numerous studies have shown that using an appropriate mouth rinse, in conjunction with regular brushing and flossing, is an easy and effective way for you to improve your overall oral health. As part of a regular program of oral hygiene, mouth rinses (which are sometimes called mouthwashes) can be effective ...

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  • Fillings

    If you have never had a cavity, congratulations! If you have had one, you are not alone. About 78% of us have had at least one cavity by the time we reach age 17, according to a 2000 report by the U.S. Surgeon General. Fortunately there's a time-tested treatment for cavities: the dental filling. Fillings ...

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  • Orthodontic FAQs

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  • Sinus Surgery

    If you want to replace a missing or failing tooth with a state-of-the-art dental implant (watch dental implant video), your dentist will first need to make sure that you have sufficient bone in your jaw to anchor the implant. This is true no matter what type of tooth is being replaced. However, if it ...

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  • Tips to Prevent Cavities

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