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What is a Dental Implant Made Of?

“Hello everyone, Dr. Robert Stanley, Smile Engineer, here. Today, I want to talk to you about something that really is close to my heart which is, ‘what is a dental implant made out of?’

So, most dental implants are made out of titanium. But what most people don’t realize is that titanium comes in different grades. So, we have commercially pure grades 1, 2, 3, and 4. Then we have something called the alloys. In the alloys, we have something called alloy-23 and that is medical-grade titanium.

When we select a dental implant, and if you’re looking for a dental implant, one of the questions you’d want to ask your provider is, “what is the implant made of?” And when they say, “titanium,” which is what most are made of, then say, “what type of titanium?” You need to figure this out and here’s why. Grade one titanium is 66% weaker than the grade 23 titanium that we talked about. CP, commercially pure, grade one, is 66% weaker than grade-23 alloy.

In our office, we don’t use CP1. We don’t use CP2, 3, or 4. All of those commercially pure titanium’s are weak. They’re just not strong enough. We use medical-grade, German titanium and that has an alloy and it’s extremely strong. How does that matter to you? Why does that matter? Well, if we put the dental implant in and it’s made out of a softer metal, it might fail, over a period of time with use. So, it’s just like a coat hanger. If you have a coat hanger and you bend that coat hanger back and forth, you can eventually break it in half. Well, if the coat hanger was made out of a stronger metal, it would take longer before you’d get that coat hanger to break in half. So, in our office, we don’t ever want to have an implant break. We use the strongest metal that we can, grade 23 titanium.” 

Are grade 23 titanium implants safe?

You may be thinking “grade 23 titanium implants are strong…but are they safe?” The answer is a resounding “yes”! Grade 23 titanium is medical-grade which means the FDA has approved it for use in medical devices, including orthopedic pins and screws, surgical staples, joint replacements, and, of course, dental implants. It is 100% safe and will not cause any ill side-effects. Some patients find the thought of having titanium in their body a little unnerving but it’s truly the best substance for mimicking bone or tooth. It’s incredibly long-lasting and strong. Once it’s placed and healed, you’ll most likely never have to think about it again!

Thinking about getting dental implants?

Suffering from missing teeth and looking for a real solution? Dental implants may be the answer. Call our office at (919) 460-9665 to set up a complimentary consultation today!

Getting the smile I always wanted

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].

How was the Omega Teeth procedure?

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.

Did you experience any pain?

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.

Were you self-conscious of your smile before?

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.

What did you enjoy about your experience at Stanley Dentistry?

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.

Would you recommend the Omega Teeth procedure?

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.”

How can I get Omega Teeth?

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!

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What brought you to Stanley Dentistry?

“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.

How has your experience been at Stanley Dentistry?

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.

What was your dental implant experience like?

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.

Would you recommend Stanley Dentistry?

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!”

Are dental implants right for me?

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!

 

What brought you to Stanley Dentistry?

“My name is Beth Griffin and I’m from Lumberton, North Carolina. In my younger years, I didn’t really have a smile. We grew up on a farm and mom didn’t really introduce a toothbrush or toothpaste — none of that stuff. I guess, eating different foods caused cavities and I’d lose a bunch [of teeth]. I probably didn’t have but six or seven [teeth] even in my early twenties. It was painful. I mean, just seeing other people smile and I couldn’t. It hurt. I just kept the pain deep inside — but I looked happy. But I wasn’t. 

I got on Google and came across the caption Stanley Dentistry. It said “Find my Smile” and it drew me to Cary Parkway where I had my first visit. I went in and Dr. Rob and Dr. Bobbi introduced themselves. I sat in the chair and I told them, you know, about my smile. And they set me down and they told me ways they could improve it. They looked [my case] over through the weekend and I came back in the following week. They gave me an outline of what procedures they would do from the first visit all the way to the end. 

How was your experience at Stanley Dentistry?

The first step, when I came in, I felt at ease. They had the best, gentle care. I didn’t feel any pain. Each procedure, they told me what was going to happen and what to expect. I was pretty calm.

What was your reaction to your new smile?

It was amazing. I think I shed a little tear because going all those years without a smile and then getting to see this, what I had now. It was overwhelming. It really was. I felt blown away. I was like, that’s really me? My family was like, ‘Really? What did you have done?’ And you know, I told them all along, I’m getting some implants. And my friends, they were like ‘Where’s this at? I’m going up there for sure!’ 

I mean, this has been over 5 [years ago] and I still get compliments today. The biggest change I’ve seen — I’m able to eat food now that I couldn’t eat before. Apples, for sure! Candies, steak. I can tell a big difference in the chew. 

How was your experience with the Stanley Dentistry team?

I think Drs. Stanley and the whole team were awesome, very knowledgeable, kind, gentle. They stick to their word. The work is beautiful. They’re really awesome. 

My name is Beth Griffin. I’m from Lumberton, North Carolina and I found my smile at Stanley Dentistry.”

Ready to schedule an Omega Teeth consultation?   

Omega Teeth full-mouth dental implants are for people who’re tired of dealing with endless cavities, root canals, and extractions. They’re tired of experiencing constant dental pain and they want a real, long-lasting solution that looks as good as it feels.

If this describes you, come into Stanley Dentistry for an Omega Teeth consultation. We’ll give you a quick exam and see if the Omega Teeth procedure is right for you. Set up your appointment here or call (919) 460-9665.

Most dental practices only offer the implant post. Patients then have to go from dentist to dentist searching for cosmetic dentistry. At Stanley Dentistry we do it all! We use state-of-the-art technology to completely restore your smile from start to finish in as little as one day.

How was your experience at Stanley Dentistry?

“I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m really satisfied. If I would’ve known, I would’ve come before I went to another dentist to get my implants. I would’ve gotten everything done here. I didn’t know but I know now!

He [her husband] made a comment: ‘I can’t believe you went all the way to Cary to get your mouth done!’ You know what I told him? I said, if they do a good job, why not drive all the way out to Cary? 

Would you recommend Stanley Dentistry to friends and family?

I would recommend it to anyone. I’ve been trying to get people to come!”

Wanting to learn more about dental implants?

Our office specializes in dental implants so we have a ton of information about them. If you’d like to learn a little more about them before scheduling a consultation, here are a few helpful links:

Ready to schedule?

If you’re ready to schedule your dental implant consultation, sign up for a virtual consult here or call (919) 460-9665 for an in-person appointment.

What are the different parts of a dental implants?

“Hi, Dr. Robert Stanley, Smile Engineer here. I want to tell you ‘What is a dental implant?’ A dental implant has three parts — so I have a model here to help illustrate it.

The top part is the part you actually want. This is the part that is in the mouth. It is called a crown. It’s what you want — you want a replacement tooth.

If we take this part off and set it aside, you’ll note that there is an abutment. [That is] this part here in the middle. This part screws into the implant. If I unscrew this, it comes out and it has a little thread on it. And it’s customizable. So, we have different shapes and sizes in the office to allow us to customize this to your solution.

And then we have the actual dental implant, which is this part. This part, if properly placed, you never see. It’s like the foundation for your house. If you pour a foundation for your house, you never see the foundation once the house is built on top of it because it’s been properly done. So, properly placed, you never see this. All implants have three parts: the implant itself, the abutment that screws into it, and the crown that goes on top.” 

How long do dental implants last?

A major factor in dental implant success is, as the video says, placement. Even the slightest error can have huge consequences when it comes to placement. Doctors who place implants without a guided system risk placing implants that are bound to fail. If the implant is made of high-quality materials, is placed using a guide, and the patient takes the post-procedure instructions seriously, the implant could last a lifetime.

Interested in getting a dental implant?

Lots of dental offices offer dental implants but few put as much time and effort into perfecting implants as Stanley Dentistry does. We are truly committed to giving each and every one of our patients the best possible dental implant experience. This means educating them prior to the procedure, spending time after the office closes planning their case, and then completing a quick, successful surgery. The implants that we give our patients at Stanley Dentistry are built to last. You will be able to rest easy knowing you’ve made the right decision with your implant.

Learn more about our dental implants here. Schedule a free consultation here.

What did you get done at Stanley Dentistry?

“I had implants put in the front and a plate fixed for my lower dentures — and they feel great. They’re just so natural. I can wear them all day. I do take them out and clean them during the day when I need to.

How was your experience?

It’s just been great. It’s really been great. I can eat now! I eat things now that I haven’t eaten in several years — probably ten years. Everything feels really natural. I couldn’t eat before. When I would start eating, my dentures would come out. Because I don’t have enough gum to hold them in so they would come out. I had to eat on my gums. I couldn’t eat things like nuts, salads — I couldn’t eat salads and I love salads. 

How was your experience with the Stanley Dentistry team?

They’ve been great to deal with. Everybody here has. It’s a friendly atmosphere. Everybody seems to work together real well. 

All my work will be done here from now on.” 

Ready to transform your smile?

Don’t let painful dental decay keep you from smiling and enjoying the foods you love. Dental implants are the key to saving your smile and getting your confidence back. Come in for a free consultation and find out how Dr. Robert Stanley can help you transform your smile using dental implants.

we are open

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

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What you need to know

If you’re thinking about getting a dental implant, you’ve probably heard some of the lingo both patients and doctors use when talking about placing and restoring dental implants. “Guided” versus “non-guided implants” and “immediate” versus “healed site placement” are some of the more common ones but the field of implantology is sprawling so there are a lot of terms you may have only encountered once or twice.

While you don’t need to be an expert on dental implants to get one (that’s the doctor’s job), it’s always a good idea to be familiar with the procedure before undergoing it. Knowing what can make a dental implant procedure successful or unsuccessful is vital knowledge if you’re still in the process of finding the right provider for you.

Being informed

At Stanley Dentistry, we strive to give our patients as much information pre-procedure as possible. Everyone deserves to know all of the risks, benefits, and possible outcomes of surgery. We’ve also found that, oftentimes, patients who know more about a procedure are less likely to be scared of it. Understanding something is always a good way to remove unfounded fear and doubts.

We’ve talked about dental implants a lot on our blog, but we haven’t fully explained the different parts of the dental implant and why they’re important. There are really three parts of a dental implant: the implant itself, the crown (or the “tooth”), and the abutment. Chances are, you already know what the implant does (creates stability for the crown), but you may not know what an abutment is.

Every part counts

In dentistry, an abutment is a connecting element of some kind. The word comes from the verb “abut“, meaning to “touch by means of a mutual border”. When talking about dental implants, the abutment is a screw-like prosthetic that connects the crown to the implant. The abutment adds more stability to the implant. It also makes the implant more aesthetically pleasing, and just generally creates better chances of post-surgery success for the patient.

In uncommon situations (when getting dental implants abroad, for example), a doctor may forgo using quality abutments. They may also neglect to use an abutment at all. This will almost certainly guarantee implant failure. Please talk with your doctor before surgery to ensure that s/he is using the best products and the best system on the market. If you have your doubts, do some more research. Chances are, there is another, more qualified dental implant provider in your area. Even if another doctor is more expensive, in the end, you will save money from not having to deal with the extensive complications related to a failed implant.

Want to learn more about dental implants?

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!

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