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Stanley Dentistry Reopening Plan
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We are reopening our office for elective procedures (including cleanings) on May 11th! While we’re very excited to see and help our patients again, we first wanted to quickly go over the precautions that we will be taking to keep you and your family as safe and healthy as possible.

At Stanley Dentistry, our responsibility to our patients is to provide the highest standards of dental office infection control. We consider protecting the health of our patients and our team our top priority.

It is important to us that our patients feel safe and well-cared for during their appointments. We have always maintained a high standard of cleanliness but we are now taking it a step further to curb the spread of COVID-19. In order to follow the infection control guidelines recommended by the ADA & NCDS, we are implementing some new protocols. When you come in for your appointment post-May 11th, you can rest assured that your overall health and well-being is our major concern. Below are our new sanitation guidelines.

COVID-19 Prevention Protocols

We are open for emergencies and virtual consults

In response to the spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina, our office has decided to postpone all elective treatment until May 11th. Your health and wellness is always our number one priority. Elective treatment includes cleanings and new patient consultations. As always, we will still be open for emergencies and for major procedures that could not be rescheduled. We will also be conducting virtual consultations for people who would like to start their dental treatment while in the safety and comfort of their homes. Simply go to our Make an Appointment page and let us know that you’re interested in setting up virtual consultation. We will call you shortly to schedule.

Like our in-person consultations, our virtual consultations are 100% free. They offer patients some time with the doctors to ask questions about different procedures. The doctor may ask you to take some pictures of your smile so they can start putting together a customized treatment plan. Once our office opens back up, you can come in and immediately get started with whatever procedures the doctor has recommended.

Who should ask for a virtual consultation?

Unless you are experiencing an emergency, we recommend scheduling a virtual consultation at this time. We may not be able to give a diagnosis, but we will be able to answer some of your questions and begin your journey to a healthier, brighter smile. So many of our patients go into their first consultation thinking they need one thing and, after talking to the doctor, leave knowing they need something completely different. This virtual consultation is a time to clear the air and get both the patient and the doctor on the same page.

What platform are your virtual consultations on?

We understand that this is a challenging time for everyone. We’re more than willing to work with you when it comes to choosing a good platform for your virtual consultation. If you have an iPhone, we recommend using FaceTime. If that doesn’t work, we are open to using other platforms including Zoom and Skype.

We are also offering virtual consults that do not need to be scheduled. For these, you can simply send in a description of your smile along with a few pictures. One of our doctors will create a short video for you explaining a good course of treatment. If this style of consult interests you, please click here.

How do I schedule a virtual consultation?

This is the easy part! To schedule a virtual consultation with one of our doctors, you can either call 919-371-4454 or you can go to our Make an Appointment page and request one. We’ll handle it from there!

Inside Dentistry

Leading voice on dental implants

After years of research and planning, our very own Dr. Robert Stanley published an implant-related article called The Apical Gingival Displacement Technique in the prestigious international dentistry journal, Inside Dentistry.

The publication is a huge step in helping doctors around the globe give their patients better, more successful dental implants. We’re so proud of Dr. Rob for dedicating himself to dental education and the betterment of dental implant procedures.

This is only the beginning of an exciting year packed full of industry-rocking publications, innovative CE courses, and life-changing surgeries with the Stanley team. Head over to https://stanleyinstitute.com/ to find out how our doctors are mixing up the game.

Earlier this month, Dr. Robert Stanley embarked on a nine month, nationally acclaimed dental implant training continuum, The Augusta University AAID Maxi Course. Led by Dr. Douglas Clepper, this course focuses on providing the dental practitioner with all of the clinical skills and evidenced based knowledge needed to integrate dental implants into his or her active dental practice. Dr. Clepper is considered a pioneer in dental implants. Dr. Rob said, “It was an honor and a real treat to be able to hear his perspective on the evolution of implantology.”

As a Diplomate with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), Dr. Rob is well-versed in placing and restoring dental implants in his Cary NC dental practice. Dr. Stanley will be also be credentialed as a Diplomate with American Academy of Implant Dentistry once he completes the continuum. 

The Augusta University training course includes hands-on live patient experiences in their state-of-the-art facilities. The program focus is on providing a comprehensive dental implant experience, including implant and beautiful restoration (dental crown). The course also includes lectures and experimentation with bone and tissue grafting, as well an emphasis on the use of CBCT in diagnosis and planning for optimal dental implant outcomes.

Drs. Robert & Bobbi Stanley and Dental Assistant Gayle Banic attended the International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI) Winter Symposium in New Orleans, Louisiana from February 16 – 18, 2017. The conference was coordinated by Dr. Randall Resnik of Misch International Implant Institute.

Dr. Robert Stanley stated, “This was by far the best ICOI conference we’ve attended. We have the highest regard for Randy’s professionalism and dentistry. We thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Resnik’s presentation and the dynamic speakers he chose for conference presentations throughout the weekend.” Dr. Resnik lectured on avoiding complications with dental implants and has recently published Avoiding Complications in Oral Implantology with the late Carl Misch. His book sold more copies in one day than any other one day book sales in the publisher’s history.

The conference was a rare opportunity to network with leaders in dental implants from around the world. Drs. Stanley were also able to preview technological advancements in dentistry. Dr. Robert Stanley was keenly interested in exploring a stereolithography printer. This device would enable Stanley Dentistry in Cary, NC to create surgical guides for dental implants in a matter of hours. The benefit is that patients with dental trauma would be able to have same day extractions (tooth removal) and place dental implants through guided surgery. Dr. Rob said, “This has been my vision for dental implants for more than a decade and it will come to fruition this year. We couldn’t be more excited.”

On Wednesday January 25, Dr. Robert Stanley and Dr. Bobbi Stanley, Wake County’s Best Dentist traveled to snowy Madison, Wisconsin for the 10th annual Meeting of the Minds (MOM) Dental Mastermind Group.

A mastermind group is a gathering of like-minded individuals that support one another’s work toward similar goals. It is a concept that dates back to gatherings such as Knights of the Round Table and has been utilized in more modern history with innovators like Henry Ford and politicians such as Franklin Roosevelt’s “Brain Trust”.

The Mastermind Group has 15 members including dentists and practice administrators from across the country. The group has been meeting for ten years to discuss the latest trends and techniques in general, implant and cosmetic dentistry, as well as best practices in dental clinic management.

Dr. Robert Stanley presented a lecture on comparisons between the pinhole technique and the technique he perfected and dubbed the “no-hole technique” for gingival (gum) restoration. Additionally he announced his Top Ten Best Practices in Dentistry for 2016 and discussed indications for use of the Ellman Radiosurge.

Dr. Bobbi Stanley presented on the latest advancements and techniques in orthodontic treatments, including growth and development. She also gave a presentation on oral myofunctional therapy and sleep apnea in children.

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Dr. Bobbi Stanley of Stanley Dentistry in Cary NC stated, “This mastermind group provides us with diverse yet comprehensive information about the most up-to-date dental treatment available to our patient. It is a whole new way of learning. ”

Stanley Dentistry is a state-of-the-art, comprehensive dental practice located in Cary, NC. The practice focuses on general, cosmetic and implant dentistry, as well as bracesInvisalign and treating TMJ disorders. Drs. Robert and Bobbi Stanley are both Diplomates with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the highest distinction in Implantology.

If you or someone you know is looking for a dental home, contact Stanley Dentistry for a complimentary consultation.  We are also pleased to offer complimentary second opinions.

On Saturday December 10, Drs. Robert and Bobbi Stanley, family, implant and cosmetic dentists at Stanley Dentistry in Cary NC, traveled to New York City to attend the 7th annual International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) symposium at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.

The conference focus was Practical techniques and Emerging Trends in Implantology.  Symposium speakers included Dr. Dennis Tarnow, Dr. Edward P. Allen and Dr. John Kois among other thought leaders in dental implants.  Discussion topics ranged from best practices to minimally invasive pre and postoperative techniques and esthetics.

Dr. Robert Stanley commented, “The advantage of having some of the biggest names in dentistry all in one room, is that they were able to collaborate on varying points of view and differences in style and approaches to common concerns in implantology. It was great to compare and discuss current practices to new techniques. We are looking forward to being at this event for years to come.”

One of the conference highlights was reconnecting with Dr. Pat Allen. Dr. Allen, of the Center for Advanced Dental Education in Dallas Texas, is one of Dr. Robert Stanley’s mentors in soft tissue grafting. Drs. Allen and Stanley were able to speak privately outside the conference on the impact his course has had on the availability of high quality dental care for people in North Carolina. Additionally, they discussed improvements in dental implants and gum grafting; including modifications to Dr. Allens surgical kit. Dr. Stanley previously urged Dr. Allen to make these changes and and was eager to discuss the developments. It was a personal and professional honor to be able to review the state of gingival grafting, specifically the advantages of using of Alloderm (and other materials) over the pinhole technique to restore gum tissue many times due to periodontal disease.  

Dr. Kois closed the conference by speaking about his five diagnostic keys with respect to implant esthetics.  While his points are not new, they are worthy of review and surprisingly many in attendance had not yet read the paper. Dr. Kois’ affable personality and interesting lecture were a great way to wrap an informative day. Drs. Stanley look forward to attending again in 2017.

Stanley Dentistry is a state-of-the-art, comprehensive dental practice located in Cary NC. The practice focuses on general, cosmetic and implant dentistry, as well as bracesInvisalign and treating TMJ disorders. Drs. Robert and Bobbi Stanley are both Diplomates with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the highest distinction in Implantology.

On October 27-29, Drs. Robert & Bobbi Stanley, as well as Dental Assistant Gayle Banic, attended the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) annual conference in New Orleans Louisiana.

Founded in 1951, the Academy is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to implant dentistry. Their mission is to advance the science and practice of implant dentistry through education, research support and to serve as the credentialing standard for implant dentistry for the benefit of mankind.

AAIDWhile attending the conference, Drs. Stanley and Gayle were able to choose from a plethora of breakout sessions surrounding the following topics:

Dr. Bobbi said, “I’m excited to be a part of this event in historic New Orleans. Continuous learning is at the core of our practice. Many of the advancements presented at this conference are technology and materials we’ve already implemented because of our commitment to the using the best products available. It was very validating to hear experts to endorse these standards.”  

In addition to lectures, attendees were able to participate in hands-on training exercises to practice the latest techniques in implant dentistry.  Dr. Robert Stanley stated, “It’s nice to be able to step back and analyze your current practice standards versus industry standards.”

 
 

You may feel like you’re experiencing déjà vu on your next visit to Stanley Dentistry in Cary, NC. We are pleased to welcome Cyndy LeMaster back to the front desk position of Patient Care Coordinator. We are so happy to have her and we are excited to share her most recent accomplishment.

On Friday, September 16, Cyndy joined the elite rank of Fellow of the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM). AADOM is the nation’s largest educational and networking association dedicated to serving dental practice management professionals. Their mission is to provide members with networking, resources and education to help them achieve the highest level of professional development.

To be recognized as an AADOM Fellow, you must meet the following requirements:

Dr. Bobbi Stanley said, “We encourage all our employees to strive to be better everyday. This fellowship with AADOM will afford Cyndy a deeper level of understanding of the intricacies of dental office management. We couldn’t be more proud of her accomplishment and are thrilled to have her (back) on the team.”

In addition to her recent Fellowship, Cyndy is a founding member of the Triangle NC chapter of AADOM and is an active member of the organization.

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Cyndy LeMaster, pictured on the far right

 

On August 18, 2016, Drs. Robert & Bobbi Stanley, Patty Toombs (dental assistant) and Amber Keeter (dental hygienist) traveled to Chicago, Illinois to attend a four-day conference presented by the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT).

What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)?

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) are disorders of the muscles and functions of the face, mouth and tongue. OMDs may affect breastfeeding, chewing, swallowing, speech, occlusion (bite), temporomandibular joint movement, oral hygiene, stability of orthodontic treatment, facial esthetics, and facial skeletal growth/development, . Most OMDs originate with insufficient habitual nasal breathing or oral breathing. The subsequent adaptation of the muscles and the orofacial functions to a disordered breathing pattern creates many OMDs. Orofacial myofunctional disorders may impact treatments by orthodontists, dentists, dental hygienists, speech-language pathologists, and other professionals working in the orofacial area. (source: AOMT.com)

Symptoms of OMD

Dental Problems related to OMD

When a person swallows incorrectly, the tongue may press against or spread the teeth, known as tongue thrust. This constant pressure may push teeth out of place or prevent them from erupting (through the gum) and can lead to an abnormal bite. This could lead to difficulties biting, chewing and swallowing and may prevent proper digestion of food.

Other issues related to OMD

Many times an OMD can be noticed due to poor muscle tone of the face. Some symptoms include constantly parted lips or tightening of the cheek, chin and lip muscles that give the appearance of a grimace. Sometimes speech and sleep disorders may arise because of poor tongue position and can cause fatigue and behavior issues in adults and children. Mouth breathing in young children may even lead to death.

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy has been used throughout the world for decades to correct disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth. As a Senior Instructor at the International Association of Orthodontics in Milwaukee Wisconsin, an LVI trained Neuromuscular Dentist (to correct TMJ disorder) and a provider of orthodontics at Stanley Dentistry in Cary, North Carolina, Dr. Bobbi Stanley diagnoses issues related to improper mouth and facial function daily. With the exceptional knowledge gained in the Chicago course, Drs. Stanley and team can address detrimental habits in their patients before they become real life problems. “Patty and I are working with patients who have suffered with the symptoms of TMJ disorder and now we have another tool to provide the relief they need,” said Dr. Bobbi Stanley. Dr. Robert Stanley pointed out that having a trained dental hygienist will allow Stanley Dentistry to recognize OMDs and provide treatment to more patients.

How can these issues be fixed?

The AOMT suggests a collaborative approach between dentists, physicians and speech therapists trained in myofunctional therapy for successful treatment of OMD. These professionals will use a variety of exercises to re-educate the oral facial muscles. In cases of tongue-tie, these neuromuscular exercises will help eliminate oral habits such as nail biting and thumb sucking, improve nasal breathing and promote proper chewing, swallowing and speech.

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