Implant Dentistry

Experienced implant dentist in Cary, NC

We are leaders in implant dentistry, using precision guided technology that allows us to place implants exactly where they need to be.

Dental implants at Stanley Dentistry offer a great alternative to dentures or partials for patients. Unlike older teeth replacement methods, dental implants are more permanent and natural in both feel and aesthetic. For those who are tired of dealing with crowns, bridges, and other temporary solutions, implants are undeniably the perfect choice.

Here at Stanley Dentistry, we have one of the most highly-trained and innovative implant experts in the world, Dr. Robert Stanley. In his career, Dr. Stanley has performed hundreds of successful dental implant procedures. For each procedure, he spends hours preparing, taking notes, and going over every step with the patient. His goal is to ensure that every implant surgery helps his patients find the life-long smiles they deserve.

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We’ve compiled this list of frequently asked questions so help you be as informed about our services as possible. If you have a question that is not on this list please feel free to contact our office, we are here to help!

Did you know?

Teeth supported by dental implants have been successful for hundreds of thousands of people. The number of patients with dental implants is growing rapidly due to their effectiveness, long-term durability and the high success rate.

What does All-on-4® mean?

All-on-4 is a term used to describe a dental implant procedure that uses four dental implants to support an upper and/or lower set of prosthetic teeth. Clinically, the All-on-4 and TeethXpress protocols are similar procedures.

How does the long-term value of TeethXpress compare to traditional tooth replacement methods?

In general, multiple studies have shown full-arch, immediate-load, dental implant procedures like TeethXpress to be 95%+ successful. Traditional treatment teeth replacement alternatives like fixed or removeable bridgework and dentures have a much shorter lifespan than the TeethXpress procedure. Therefore, these methods usually require more frequent visits to the dental office for repair work. The long-term value of TeethXpress far exceeds traditional treatment options.

Can dental insurance cover a portion of the TeethXpress procedure?

Yes, most patients with either an Indemnity or PPO dental insurance plan will qualify for some supplemental coverage of the TeethXpress procedure. Our experienced business management team will help you maximize your dental insurance benefits as soon as they receive your dental insurance benefits details.

How long will dental implants last?

Dental implants can last many years if cared for properly. It is very common for patients to benefit from the use of their dental implants for 30 years or more. BioHorizons dental implants have an extremely high average success rate (99%).

How do I care for my new teeth?

As with natural teeth, it will be important to keep your new smile healthy by following a daily oral hygiene regimen that will be provided for you following the procedure. You will schedule regular follow up visits with your TeethXpress dentist for professional cleanings.

When will I receive my new teeth?

TeethXpress is designed as an immediate solution so that you walk out the same day with secure, natural-looking teeth.

How long will the TeethXpress dental implant procedure take?

In general, the TeethXpress procedure can be performed in three to four hours. Our doctor(s) can provide you with a more accurate time frame once we have an opportunity to evaluate your case.

How soon may I return to work after treatment?

Patients respond differently to medical and dental procedures. Many patients feel comfortable returning to work the next day, while others prefer to rest for a day or two before returning to work. Based on your specific needs, the office will give you a recommended time frame to resume your daily activities, including work.

Is the TeethXpress procedure painful?

No, the procedure is typically done under local anesthesia but many patients prefer IV sedation to sleep during the procedure. The TeethXpress procedure is generally performed at our office setting.

Who is a candidate for the TeethXpress dental implant procedure?

Most adults who have lost most or all of their teeth can be a candidate for TeethXpress. Please ask our office to schedule you for a consultation to explain the benefits of this procedure and find out if you are a candidate for TeethXpress.

What happens when wearing a conventional denture?

When a denture is worn for multiple years, the jawbone begins to shrink from a lack of stimulation that natural tooth roots or dental implants provide. Losing your teeth and wearing a denture will affect your smile and change the shape of your face, causing you to look prematurely aged.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a small component that is positioned in the jaw to replace the root of a missing tooth. A crown can be attached and held in place by a single dental implant or a bridge may be attached to multiple dental implants. Your jawbone bonds to the dental implant to provide permanent support for crowns and bridges. Dental implants are the standard of care for tooth replacement.

Am I too old to get a tooth replaced?

No, you are never too old for a dental implant! Dental implants can be successfully placed in adult patients of any age, as long as there is sufficient bone density to support the implant. Bone density decreases with age, so it is important to have your jawbone evaluated prior to placement of the implant. If your jawbone is not dense enough, a bone graft may be necessary to build up the area for successful implant placement. Your dentist will be able to evaluate your bone density and discuss the best treatment plan for you.

How long does it take to replace a missing tooth?

The time it takes to replace a missing tooth with dental implants can vary depending on the individual patient's unique needs and the complexity of their case. In general, the single implant placement procedure can take as little as four minutes, with no recovery time needed. After all that is complete, your dentist will place a false tooth on top of the implant and you'll have a new, beautiful smile. The total time is different from patient to patient, but you can typically expect the entire process to take from 5 to 8 months.

How expensive is it to replace a missing tooth?

Replacing a missing tooth is an investment regardless of the type of procedure chosen. For instance, a dental implant and abutment may cost anywhere from $1,500 to $6,000 per tooth, while a bridge may cost between $1,500 and $3,000 per pontic (the artificial replacement tooth in the middle). Dental implants with abutments typically cost between $1,500 and $6,000 per tooth - this is considered the best investment, but is also the longest-lasting and most effective replacement for a missing tooth. Other more affordable options include a partial denture or dental flipper, which can cost less than $3,000. Many dental practices, including Stanley Dentistry, offer payment plans so that you can afford to get the smile that you want. Before choosing a treatment plan for replacing a missing tooth, it's important to discuss all available options with your dentist and determine which plan is most appropriate for your needs and budget. Your dentist can explain the advantages and disadvantages of each option to help you decide which is best for you. It is also important to consider the overall health of your mouth, as a missing tooth may cause other issues if not addressed in a timely manner. With careful planning and consideration, replacing a missing tooth can be an affordable and beneficial experience.

What are my options to replace a missing tooth?

There are several options available to replace a missing tooth. Depending on your individual situation, one of the following treatments may be recommended: • Dental bridge: A dental bridge is a false tooth that is held in place by two crowns on either side of the gap. • Dental implants: A dental implant is a metal post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone and topped with a false tooth. • Partial denture: A partial denture is a removable false tooth that clips onto existing teeth. • Full dentures: A full denture is a removable false tooth that replaces all of the teeth in one jaw. These treatments can help restore your smile and give you back the confidence you may have lost due to missing teeth. Your dentist will be able to advise which treatment is best for your needs. The cost and duration of treatment will vary depending on the type chosen.

Am I a good fit for dental implants?

Every individual is different and we want to offer the personalized attention your smile deserves. We offer a consultation first to discuss options for missing or broken teeth. Our dentists can advise you about whether you are a candidate for single or multiple dental implants or a full arch/mouth replacement. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

How much do dental implants cost?

As with a lot of things in dentistry, dental implants don’t come with a firm price tag. Dentists will frequently price implants after taking into account these factors: Difficulty of the procedure Number of implants Health of the patient Dentists who offer low flat rates on their dental implants are most likely giving sub-par care. Unfortunately, cutting corners in the dental implant world is easy. Many dentists don’t use dental implant surgical guides (which means they perform the surgery effectively blind) because it can save a little cash. Others will leave out important steps to make the procedure faster and thus cheaper. At Stanley Dentistry, we believe in performing the best dental implant procedures no matter what. We also believe that all patients should be able to get that specialized care which is why we offer financing options. With an investment as big as dental implants, make sure you’re getting the top-notch treatment that you deserve.

How strong are dental implants compared to real teeth?

Dental implants are just as strong as natural enamel. Plus, because they aren’t susceptible to decay, you won’t ever have to worry about cavities.

Do dental implants look natural?

Dental implants are incredibly realistic, whether you get one or a whole arch of them. Post-procedure, no one will be able to notice a difference between your implant and your natural teeth. After a while, you might forget too!

How long do dental implants last?

Once a dental implant fuses with the bone, it’s stability and longevity is unmatched by any other dental procedure. The crowns on dental implants can become worn after a decade of wear, but the implant itself rarely (if ever) needs maintenance. Most of the patients who get their implants done at Stanley Dentistry have them for life. It’s important to remember that an important factor in the longevity of implants is care. Here at Stanley, smoking and poor dental hygiene are two of the biggest causes of implant failure.

How do I care for my dental implant(s) after surgery?

Caring for your dental implant is easy. We provide convenient post-op instructions and can answer any questions you have over the phone. After your implant site has healed, the dentists and dental professionals at Stanley Dentistry are uniquely qualified to provide continuing care for your dental implant. Using technology specifically designed to maintain the integrity and health of implants, your dental hygiene team will care for you in the office and educate you on optimal oral hygiene for your new smile.

I have dental implants. Can I get Invisalign?

Unfortunately, we cannot give Invisalign treatment to patients with dental implants. Even if you’re only straightening one tooth, Invisalign inadvertently moves all of the teeth in that arch. An implant, unlike a real tooth, cannot move once a doctor places it so it would cause the Invisalign treatment to be unsuccessful. We recommend that patients who need both get Invisalign first and then get dental implants.

Am I a good fit for dental implant restoration?

Are you having any problems with an old implant? We will take the time to carefully evaluate the situation and explain all of your options. There is no reason to be embarrassed by your smile if an old dental implant breaks or cracks. Come in for a consultation and we will explain how we can fix your dental implant, using the same technologies and standards of quality that we use on all of our new dental implants.

How long will implant restoration take?

Depending on the severity of the damage to your implant, replacing a dental implant can be done in only one or two visits to our office.

How does dental implant restoration work?

Typically, dental implants are very sturdy, but sometimes if a dental implant was not aligned properly or your bite changes, a dental implant can crack or break. If you have an old, broken dental implant, we can use our Biohorizions technologies to replace or repair your damaged implant. At our office in Cary, NC, we have the expertise and technology to completely restore your smile from start to finish.

How successful are dental implants?

With proper care, Dr. Rob’s fully-guided dental implant system is extremely successful. This system, known as Omega Teeth®, removes all the guesswork which means each implant goes exactly where it needs to go. The most common reason why implants fail is that the doctor blindly places them at a bad angle or in the wrong position. With Omega Teeth®, that never happens.

Does getting a dental implant hurt?

Dental implant procedures sound invasive and painful but most patients report only feeling manageable pain post-op. The mouth is excellent at healing itself and does so rather quickly.During the procedure, we use IV sedation to make sure the patient is comfortable and relaxed.

Should I get a dental bridge or implant?

A lot of patients come into our office wanting a dental bridge but very few actually leave our office with one. That’s because we always recommend that our patients get dental implants instead of bridges because they’re longer-lasting and come with a lot less maintenance. Dental implants are more expensive than bridges but, in the long run, you will actually save money by investing in a dental implant. Bridges need replacing — most implants don’t.

What is dental implant recovery like?

After surgery, dental implant patients walk out of the Stanley Dentistry office in Cary, NC with new teeth. As part of the procedure, Dr. Robert Stanley fits patients with a temporary dental prosthesis that they wear during the six-month healing process. After that time is up, they come in and get their permanent crowns, which are specially made to accommodate their needs and wants.While some patients do request prescription painkillers post-op, many patients report needing only acetaminophen and ibuprofen to manage the pain. Dental implant patients typically get back to their everyday routines within a few days after their surgery.

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