There are only a few months left in 2020 which means there’s a limited amount of time to use up all of your dental insurance benefits. The money you pay into your dental insurance plan does not roll over to the next year so if you neglect to use your benefits before January, you’re essentially throwing away your money. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what your dental insurance company wants you to do. If you don’t take advantage of your semi-annual cleanings, they get to pocket the money they would have given us to cover the cleaning. That’s money you already paid, lining the pockets of an insurance company instead of going towards keeping your teeth healthy.
Most dental insurance plans give you two cleanings a year (though a few only include one). The best way to get the “most bang for your buck” is to schedule and come in for both of those cleanings if you have them available. They’re quick, easy appointments and they’re the best way to keep your mouth healthy and prevent future dental problems.
Depending on your plan, you may have some other benefits available as well. There are plans that cover a certain number of cavities, root canals, and, in certain cases, even dental implants. Give us a call if you’re confused about your dental insurance coverage. We’ll give you a free assessment to see what sort of benefits you have left this year. Once you know, you’ll be able to get started on the treatment you need (before 2021!)
We’ve made scheduling your six-month hygiene visits easier than ever. You can now choose the date and time of your cleaning without having to pick up the phone. Just click this link to head over to our secure scheduling portal.
Every year, Cary Magazine recognizes some of the top businesses in the Triangle area with the prestigious Maggy Awards. The awards honor all kinds of businesses and business owners with categories like “Best Real-Estate Agent,” “Best Bakery,” and, of course, “Best Dentist.” Dr. Bobbi Stanley has won Best Dentist numerous years in a row and we hope to grab that esteemed title again in 2021! To do so, we need your help.
To vote for Dr. Bobbi Stanley, just click on this link, go to the third page of nominations, and go down to “Best Dentist.” It’s that simple! Make sure to write in nominations for some of your other favorite Triangle businesses. Voting for awards and writing Google reviews are great and easy ways to help small businesses. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but a few awards and five-star reviews can make a huge difference for an office like ours.
At Stanley Dentistry, we pride ourselves on being one of the oldest family-owned dental offices in the Triangle. Dr. Bobbi Stanley opened the practice back in 1995 so we’ve been operating for twenty-five years. During those twenty-five years, Dr. Bobbi’s husband, Dr. Robert Stanley, decided to go to dental school as well and joined the practice as our surgeon and dental implantologist. Today, we also have Dr. David Baronowski along with two hygienists, a talented lineup of dental assistants, front desk staff, and a marketing team.
We’ve overcome everything from the 2008 recession to this year’s catastrophic COVID-19 shutdown and we always come back stronger than before. How do we do that? It’s all about our team and our patients. Everyone who works in our office, from the assistants to the doctors, is incredibly passionate about helping as many people as possible obtain healthy, beautiful smiles. We truly love helping people find their “smile confidence”. When you have that sort of pure passion, people tend to notice, which is how we’ve managed to create such an amazing patient base. Many of our patients have been with us since 1995 because they know the care we provide is unparalleled.
A lot of businesses use the saying “When you’re here, you’re family,” but at Stanley Dentistry, it’s more than just a saying. Our office is a solidified part of a Cary community. For us, this is home and the patients who come into our office every six months are our family. We’ve been lucky enough to be able to stay here and serve the Triangle for over two decades and we hope to continue to serve for as long as our team is able. Help our small business stick around by voting for Dr. Bobbi Stanley in the Maggy Awards! Just one vote goes a long way.
Every year, millions of kids, teens, and adults go into braces or start clear aligner treatment. For a lot of those people, getting orthodontics doesn’t seem like much of a choice. Their dentist “recommends it” so they go through with it. Beyond aesthetic reasons, most orthodontic patients don’t really know why getting braces or Invisalign is so important. At Stanley Dentistry, we’re all about transparency when it comes to treatment which is why we try to explain to all of our patients that orthodontics isn’t just about getting straighter teeth — it’s also about a healthier mouth.
When you’re wearing them, braces feel clunky and can make brushing and flossing more difficult. Frequently, after finishing orthodontic treatment, teens and adults have a few cavities in areas that they struggled to reach with their toothbrush. There are a few products that can help with keeping your pearly whites clean during braces treatment, but, no matter what you’re using to clean your teeth, the process will be more difficult with braces on.
The good news is, once you finish your braces treatment, it’ll be easier than ever to keep your teeth decay-free. Why? Straight, properly aligned teeth are significantly less likely to need fillings or root canals because there are fewer nooks and crannies available for plaque to accumulate. On misaligned teeth, your toothbrush struggles reach around all those jagged corners. Teeth that are overlapping each other are particularly hard to keep clean. Plaque grows, eventually creating decay which requires expensive — and sometimes extensive — dental treatment.
The best way to keep that from happening? Orthodontics. They may seem expensive at the time, but I promise you, they’ll save you money down the line.
Misaligned teeth don’t just make for more cavities — they can also affect how you speak and chew. Your bite — which is how your top teeth meet your bottom teeth — is directly influenced by dental misalignment. If your teeth are crooked, your bite might not feel “even” — meaning your teeth don’t come together perfectly. This can cause difficulties with chewing, speaking, and general jaw alignment. In children, severe misalignment can sometimes cause a blocked airway at night (similar to sleep apnea in adults) because the jaw and neck are not in the correct position. Similar problems can also occur in adults. A few crooked teeth may seem like a small problem, but they can have a big impact on your overall health.
Misalignment can also lead to enamel loss (because the teeth are rubbing together in an abnormal way) which then leads to tooth sensitivity and pain.
Wondering how to get started on orthodontic treatment? At our office, it begins with a consultation. We’ll go over the different orthodontic options we offer in the office, how much they cost, and which option is right for you. We have a few different financing options in our office to make getting orthodontics more affordable. If you’re in the Raleigh-Cary area, call (919) 460-9665 to set up an appointment. We’ll see you soon!
“Hello everyone! Dr. Robert Stanley, Smile Engineer here. Today I want to talk to you about solutions for gum recession. If you’ve been diagnosed with having gums that are moving away from the tooth or your teeth are starting to look long, there are two main types of solutions that we can do [to fix it]. They’re both grafting solutions. The only difference is where the graft material comes from. The first option is to take graft material from somewhere else in the body. Typically, it comes from the roof of the mouth. We then simply move it to the area that needs it. And then we put it [the grafting material] on the roots of those exposed teeth so that they’re protected.
The second option, which sounds a whole lot better to most people, is an option where we actually open up a package and we take out an acellular dermal matrix. This basically just means that the material comes out of a bag. We hydrate it and then we place the grafting material over the defect. In both scenarios, we get great results but there is some clinical decision making that needs to be determined behind the scenes. Your doctor will take care of [those decisions] to make sure they are giving you the right solution for the right location in the mouth. Some of these solutions work better in certain areas than others.
So, why do we do root coverage? If we have this lengthening of the tooth, why do we need to do any of these procedures? When you see longer teeth, and the gums are running away from the tooth, what you’re actually seeing underneath that is bone loss. We’re not just seeing the gums getting longer and running away from the tooth, but the bone underneath is melting away. If the bone melts away too much around a tooth, you can imagine that eventually that tooth would become loose and you might lose the tooth. So, the main reason why we’d want to do an intervention where we stop this from occurring (or we slow it down significantly) is to prevent the loss of the tooth long-term.
The second reason we would do it is for aesthetics. Say, for instance, when you smile you have this defect in your smile line. You see these really long teeth and you’re like, “I don’t want my teeth to be really long in this region — I want them to look like they were when I was younger.” That would be an aesthetic reason to get gum grafting done.”
Gum grafting is considered an oral surgery since it involves some minor suturing, and, in certain cases, removal of gum tissue from another part of the mouth. For some people, that may sound a little scary but you can rest assured that, in our office, gum grafting is a routine procedure that our team has perfected. The type of sedation we use depends on the length of your specific procedure and your own desires. If you wish to not remember the surgery at all, we can use IV sedation. In other cases, we may just use a local anesthetic and an oral sedative. Post-procedure, most patients use over-the-counter painkillers to manage mild discomfort.
If you have dental anxiety, we recommend talking to your doctor about the different sedation options so you can choose the one that’s right for you.
Before we do any sort of procedure at Stanley Dentistry, we like to do a consultation first. During the consultation, we go over different treatment options and lay out all the finances. We’ll take a look at your teeth and gums to make sure you’re a good candidate for the surgery. If you are, we can set a date for the procedure.
Lauren always struggled with her wisdom teeth and was too afraid to remove them. After visiting Stanley Dentistry, Lauren was able to finally live pain-free.
“I’ve had problems with my wisdom teeth since I was about nineteen years old. I was supposed to get them out [back then], but when I went in to get them out, I had chest congestion. The doctor couldn’t do it at that time. And after that, I’d always heard all kinds of horror stories, so I never rescheduled. So, for the last umpteen years, I’ve been having problems with them and finally, it got to the point where I was having pain in the area. I [also] had a funny little lump on the roof of my mouth and [my hygienist] Jennifer looked at it and said, ‘uh-oh, I think you have an abscess.’ Sure enough, that’s what it turned out to be.
The bad thing was [my husband and I] were getting ready to leave the country like three weeks later. She said she had a lot of concerns about me flying in the pressurized cabin with an abscess. It could [also] really be a problem being overseas in Europe, so everybody worked amazingly to rush me to get this scheduled. I didn’t have enough time to think about it or to be worried about it. I’d been putting it off and putting it off but everybody could not have been more accommodating to get this scheduled so that it fit my schedule. And then it was done and over with before I had to leave [for my trip] so it was great.
I left the country days afterward and it was no problem. [For the procedure] we came into the office — and my husband brought me. They told him he could go home — and he had taken the day off of work — so he went back home, and he only got the dishwasher unloaded before they called him and said, ‘she’s done, come back and get her.’ I have no recollection of anything other than, ‘okay, we’re gonna put you to sleep now,’ and ‘wake up!’ It was so smooth and so fast and so painless. When I went home, I was a little bit groggy, and there was minor bleeding, but I never took one of the painkillers. I never had any problems. I followed the instructions religiously for what to eat and how to take care of them, but we literally left the country within days of me having it done and I had no problems. I never had one problem. It felt like something had happened in my mouth that day, but after that, nothing.
I’m pretty sure it was Dr. Rob who actually did the surgery because I don’t really remember that much of it. The nurse anesthetist was just amazing. I mean he helped me so much talking to me ahead of time, preparing me for what to expect. He was the person I interacted with when we got here. But really, just everybody could not have been kinder, more helpful and more pleasant to deal with! I felt like they called afterward too when I was at home and followed up to make sure everything was going great. It was terrific!
Absolutely, I would recommend this practice. I can’t imagine going any place else myself. As I said, we trusted our teenage daughter to come here as well after she finished with pediatric dentistry. Anyone who needs their wisdom teeth out, do it. I have had no problems since I had them out. It has made dental care so much easier. I wish I had done it many, many years before.”
Have some questions about the wisdom teeth removal procedure? We’ve got you covered! Click here to read our wisdom teeth FAQs.
If you’ve been living with wisdom teeth related pain for years, now’s the time to turn things around. There’s no reason anyone should be living with infected, impacted wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth extractions are routine procedures that are quick and minimally invasive. You’ll be in and out of the office in no time! Call (919) 460-9665 to set up a complimentary consultation. We’ll see you soon!
“Dentistry is essential health care because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.”
Norma has been to dentist after dentist, looking for the right team of people to help heal her smile. After finding Stanley, she now commutes over 4 hours to come visit her family here at Stanley.
“I’m Norma Aguilar. I’m from Lenoir, North Carolina and I’m about 45 minutes from Boone, North Carolina. I’m on the west side. It takes me about 4 hours to drive here, and you’re the only place from now on that I’m coming. [I drive over] four hours, because my other dentist has not given me the information or done what you guys have done for me. Since I first came, you made me feel like I was your sister or brother.
I’ve gotten more understanding about my mouth than when I had cellulitis of the bloodstream because of a dental problem. You know when you feel comfortable, and you feel safe, and you feel like the truth is being given to you. Other dentists I’ve been to…I’ve not been that fortunate. I’ve had a lot of problems medically with my mouth that have put me in the hospital or in the ICU. I haven’t had [any of those problems] here. You’re very cautious and you’re very protective. That confidence makes you feel like you’re really appreciated and that you really want to do the right thing for me. And you handle it personally. I’m not just another person coming in the door and saying, ‘Oh we’re gonna get this done, and we can do this and this and make this money…’ You’re not about that. That’s the difference.
I’ve been here since [I moved from] Florida. Over the years, I’ve been to about 5 different dentists. I haven’t had [this level of] information, even [after] asking, they didn’t tell me [everything about my treatment.] Here, they tell me what’s the problem and what the cost is, and the prevention as well. So, this is my home. If I have to drive for hours to come every six months, I’m [still] coming. I’m not going to another dentist.
It would be [the] number [dentist] on my list. and I would tell them it would be worth the money to travel if they had to travel. They’d be foolish not to because you take care of the people like they are your mother or brother or sister, your cousin, your uncle. You don’t take care of them like they are another patient coming in that you can make money [off of]. That’s not the question here. The question here is ‘how can we help you? What would make you happy? How do your teeth feel? What can we do to make you improve as a person?’ There’s a difference when you walk in and a dentist says, ‘You got this, this, and this,’ but someone comes in and says, ‘How can we help you with your mouth? We know that money’s an issue but the real issue is what can we do for your health?’ Now that was the first question I had never heard in my life, said to me here by Dr. Bobbi. So I know that this is the place.”
Tired of hiding your smile? Frustrated by mounting dental bills for cavities, root canals, and extractions? Our office specializes in clear, simple treatment plans that allow patients to get long-term solutions quickly and easily. Our talented team can do everything from full-mouth restorations to Omega Teeth dental implants — all under the same roof. In just a few appointments, you’ll be able to show off your smile again. Give us a call at (919) 460-9665 to set up a complimentary consultation with one of our doctors. We’ll see you soon!
Peggy came to our office in need of a complete smile transformation. She was self-conscious and concerned about her ability to eat. Now that her treatment process has been completed, this is the first time she has seen her forever smile.
“I put [fixing my teeth] off and put it off for so many years. It was not only that — it was my health. I couldn’t eat properly so I was having digestive problems. I was blessed I didn’t have a really bad toothache during this time. I kept pushing it. My sister [would say] ‘Have you called the dentist yet? Have you gone to the dentist yet?’ And then my doctor — my medical doctor — [was also encouraging me to get it done].
It went very well. When I woke up, I had no trouble at all. My whole head would hurt sometimes from my teeth. I had a lot of phantom pain. Trying to eat was getting more and more ridiculous. I knew I had to have [some teeth pulled]. I was very blessed that I had some money my mother and father left me that I was able to do this process. I still would have had to go somewhere to have surgery for my mouth because my mouth was bad. It was very bad.
I never really had any pain — even right after the surgery. [The prosthesis was uncomfortable] but not pain[ful]. Of course, when I got to eat for the first time after two months of liquids and mashed potatoes…I remember the first time I got to bite into a pear. I took a bite out of it and I was like “I can eat!” It had probably been ten years [since I bit into a pear] because my teeth were so bad so I’d always have to cut stuff up. To just take a whole pear and bite it — to be able to chew meat and stuff like that. I was really having a hard time eating because my teeth were so bad.
One of the bank tellers at the Credit Union I always go to said ‘You know, you’re smiling now! You never used to smile.’ I said no, because I was really ashamed of my mouth. I remember I had a picture I sent to a friend of mine and I haven’t seen her in a few years and she said “Peggy, why don’t you get that tooth fixed?” And I said, ‘Nedra, you just hit on my biggest worry. And it’s not just one tooth — it’s the whole mouth.’ I would have to keep my mouth closed but now I can take pictures smiling.
Everything here. You have to trust somebody to do something like this. Knowing that you all had an anesthesiologist who was here. That made it easier because that’s who’s got your life for those few hours that you’re having the surgery.
I would say come in and look at the options. Really look at your health. Sure, it’s expensive when you first hear it but when you think about all that you’re getting. Just having [Dr. Rob] pull the teeth and get all the roots out…if you went to a regular oral surgeon, that would’ve cost three hundred or two hundred. So that alone, just getting all of that out, [was worth it]. If you’re suffering, don’t let it go on. Get something done about it and this is a great place to go.”
Living life in constant pain from dental decay and periodontal disease is hardly living. Don’t put your health and self-confidence in jeopardy by pushing off dental surgery. Come in for a complimentary consultation and we’ll walk you through what the Omega Teeth process entails, how much it costs, and whether or not it’s right for you. This is your opportunity to finally get the pain-free long-lasting smile you’ve always wanted! Call (919) 460-9665 or set up an appointment here. We’ll see you soon!
“How did I end up at Stanley Dentistry? Well, Dr. Rob and Dr. Bobbi — before Dr. Rob was a dentist — lived up the street from me and that’s how I came to be a patient here.
It’s been really nice. Being a patient here, I feel like part of a — this is so corny — but I feel like part of a family because everyone is so friendly and professional. I get really good, quality care. It never hurts — NEVER — and I can’t say I look forward to dental visits, but I look forward to seeing everyone here. They are just so…it’s great.
Well, the implant came after I had a tooth extracted. And, first of all, the extraction was really simple. I was amazed. Then we went ahead and did the implant and that took a little while, but I didn’t feel anything. I felt nothing and then the recovery from it was easy. Do you know what the hardest part was? When they put the crown on, it just pinched the gums. But, compared to everything involved in putting an implant in, it was easy — it was great! I don’t have any regrets.
I feel like I’m really taken care of when I come here. I started out with Dr. Bobbi, and then Dr. Rob went to dental school, and he jumped in! And he’s awesome. They are both so professional, so friendly, so engaging and they know what they are doing. They are up on everything. And I have seen the procedures grow as far as what’s available here at Stanley Dentistry. They used to refer me out for a root canal, but now it’s just a one-stop dental visit. It’s awesome. They take care of all my needs here. I always recommend this practice for dental care. I can’t think of anything, I can’t think of a better place to come!”
Interested in learning more about dental implants? If you’re on the fence about getting dental implants, read about our unique dental implant system Omega Teeth here. Dental implants, as opposed to bridges, partials, or dentures, allow you to eat, talk, and live life without having to worry about your teeth. They’re long-lasting and require very little maintenance. The majority of patients who get dental implants never have to think about them again after they’re healed.
If you’re ready to get started on your dental implant treatment, you can set up a complimentary consultation with our implantologist, Dr. Robert Stanley. He’ll take a look at your teeth and let you know if you’d be a good dental implant candidate. Our team will then draw up a treatment plan for you, outlining costs and appointments. Just call (919) 899-4062 to get started! We’ll see you soon!
“I ended up coming to Stanley Dentistry because it [her gummy smile] was something I always wanted to fix when I was younger. So, I did some research online and I came to the conclusion that this was where I wanted to go to. My experience when I came in — everyone was super friendly and then I was pretty nervous about the whole procedure, but everyone made me feel very comfortable. Overall, it was a pretty good experience.
The healing process, as far as pain, I didn’t really have any. It took a few days for the swelling to go down, but other than that it was pretty minimal. The results were immediate. After they finished, they let me look at them and I could already tell a difference.
I have found everyone who works here to be helpful because I was super nervous before getting the procedure. But everyone made me comfortable and made sure that the procedure was comfortable so it was a lot of help. I would recommend this practice for anyone looking for a dental office because everyone is so helpful and friendly. I would definitely recommend it.”
Crown lengthening is one of the many different surgical procedures we offer at the office. It’s a cosmetic procedure that helps correct “gummy” smiles — or smiles that show a large percentage of the gums. People who have gummy smiles often think they have “small” teeth but in reality, their gums are just covering a majority of their teeth. Crown lengthening is a procedure that exposes those hidden teeth while also changing the shape and angle of the bone beneath the gums to ensure the gums cannot grow back over the teeth. After the procedure, patients are able to immediately see the results. Within a few weeks, the gums will heal and you’ll be left with a beautiful smile!
We use various sedation methods for crown lengthening cases so the experience can be 100% pain-free. You can learn more about sedation dentistry here.
Wondering if crown lengthening is what you’ve been looking for? Come in for a complimentary consultation or set up a virtual consultation here. Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Bobbi Stanley, and our dental surgeon, Dr. Robert Stanley, will take a look at your smile and let you know if you’re a good candidate and how much it will cost. We’ll see you soon!