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.
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.
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.
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!
Stanley Dentistry created the “Find Your Smile” Scholarship in 2011. The scholarship is intended to reward a deserving student who is or will be attending a 4-year college or university and has an interest in pursuing dentistry.
In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following requirements:
An award of $1,000.00 will be given to one student for the 2020-2021 academic year.
In order to be considered for this scholarship, all applicants must provide a complete application. In addition to the application, all applicants must submit an essay of 400-500 words including a brief biographical sketch and an answer to why dental health care is important.
The application deadline is June 4th, 2020. Download and print out the form below. When you’re done filling it out, mail it to:
3731 NW Cary Pkwy #201, Cary, NC 27513
That time of the year is here again: Maggy Awards season! To vote for Dr. Bobbi for best dentist, go to bit.ly/vote-for-bobbi, go to the third page, and type in “Bobbi Stanley” under the dentist category.
Every year, our amazing patients come out in the hundreds to support Stanley Dentistry and Dr. Bobbi. We’ve won the competition numerous times in the past and we’d love to win it again this year! Show your love for the Stanley Dentistry family and give us a vote!
We hear a lot of questions about dental health from our patients: “How do I get rid of bad breath?”,“When do I need my wisdom teeth removed?”,“Will my veneers stain?” Those, we anticipate — we’re a dental office after all. We love helping patients understand their oral health better. What might be a little surprising is how often we hear insurance-based inquiries. “Are you in-network with (fill in the blank here)?” is undoubtedly the most frequently asked question in our office.
Patients assume that dental insurance is comparable to normal health insurance because there’s similar verbiage. Unfortunately, the two share very few similarities. This leads to a lot of confusion, hence the inundation of dental insurance questions we receive daily. We’re here to clear the air on what exactly dental insurance is and how it can both help (and hurt) your wallet.
With health insurance, you’re paying the insurance company to cover the costs of potential injuries, check-ups, etc. Health insurance has its own problems but it typically does cover at least part of big, medical expenditures.
Dental insurance does not. If you’re paying for dental insurance, you’re essentially paying for a dental coupon. You have a certain amount of money (typically $1000) that you can spend on dental care for the year. If you break a tooth and need immediate care but you’ve already spent that $1000, your dental insurance will not cover the treatment. To make matters worse, if you go all year and only spend $200 on dental care, the remaining $800 does not rollover. You lose all that money.
If dental insurance is one of your employment benefits, use it. Schedule your six-month wellness visits and don’t let it go to waste. If you don’t have dental insurance, consider paying out-of-pocket. We know that sounds scary but in the long run, you will save money. Dental insurance companies stay afloat because they rely on people’s ignorance. They know that most people don’t know how dental insurance works.
Follow these links to learn more about dental insurance:
If you’re considering paying out-of-pocket for your dental care, give us a call at 919-371-4454 . We’ll talk to you about our financing options and any and all available discounts.
Dr. Bobbi Stanley went into dentistry for one single reason: because she loved it. From a young age, she knew that dentistry was the only thing she could do for the rest of her life that would make her truly happy. Stanley Dentistry is the result of her and Dr. Rob Stanley‘s unparalleled passion for the dental field and, more importantly, their patients. Why does Dr. Bobbi Stanley love dentistry so much? Because she loves seeing patients leave the office with beautiful, pain-free smiles. For us, dentistry isn’t so much about teeth as it is about making people feel healthy, happy, and confident.
For the Stanley Dentistry team, we have a motto that we all live by: never compromise. When it comes to our patients, every Stanley Dentistry team member is focused on finding the best possible treatment plan for each unique individual. What works for one patient may not work for another which is why we give individualized attention. We believe that every trip to Stanley Dentistry should be stress-free, comfortable, and beneficial to the patient.
Our team is honest with their patients about every step of their treatment, including finances. If a patient cannot afford a certain service, we are always willing to find alternative solutions or set up a financing plan. Our slogan, Find Your Smile, is a constant goal at Stanley Dentistry. No matter what your circumstances, we want you to have the amazing smile you deserve.
Going to the dentist isn’t exactly a fun experience. Lots of people dread going because they think it entails pain, anxiety, that gross “clinical” smell, and a lot of money. For a lot of dental offices, those fears are warranted. Luckily for our patients, we aren’t most dental offices.
Dr. Bobbi Stanley and Dr. Rob Stanley set out to make Stanley Dentistry a place where patients could feel comfortable, relaxed and well taken care of. We offer bluetooth headphones, warm blankets, and sessions in our in-office massage chair to make our patients feel like they’re at a five-star spa instead of a dental office. For patients with high anxiety, we have an array of sedation options to make each visit quick and painless.
Our team builds relationships with everyone who walks through the door not because they have to but because they want to. The Stanley Dentistry team believes that no one should have to ever “endure” a dental visit. Everyone deserves to come into a dental office that has a friendly, anxiety-free environment. We take the time to get to know you and what you value. After your first appointment, we make a point of taking those values into consideration during your following appointments.
At the end of the day, Stanley Dentistry isn’t about fixing teeth. It’s about giving people back their self-confidence. It’s about taking the anxiety and pain out of going to the dentist. It’s about forming relationships with the people who care about your health.
If Stanley Dentistry feels like a good fit for you, set up an appointment today!
Did you know that dental insurance benefits do not roll over from year to year? When your plan renews at the end of the year, any remaining insurance benefits are lost. These are benefits that you have already purchased throughout the year and they will be completely wasted. There is no need to throw your hard earned money in the trash! Insurance can be confusing and we want to help ensure that all of our incredible patients receive the care that they deserve and the benefits they purchased.
Dental insurance covers a variety of services offered at our family dentistry in Cary NC. Beyond bi-yearly cleanings and checkups. Many patients are treatment planned with additional services such as necessary fillings, root canals, crowns, and more but are hindered by cost and time.
If cost is your concern, now is the time to act of your benefits. You are already paying monthly for your dental insurance and not using it to it’s full benefit is wasteful for you. The other factor that most patients mention is their time. The holidays are busy for everyone and waiting until the last minute to schedule your appointment can leave the chance of not getting the appointment time that you desire.
Our goal above all else in our office is our patients’ health. We encourage patients to get the treatment they are recommended when in the office but we understand it can be difficult to make appointments happen as soon as they learn of an issue. Dr. Bobbi Stanley often says, “I want my patients to receive the top notch care they deserve but I also want to help them utilize their dental benefits to ensure they are not wasting their money.” Often times patients do not know that they have benefits remaining and that they will not roll over into next year. The biggest thing we see at the end of the year is parents that want to get their children’s cleanings or wisdom teeth pulled (oral surgery)during Christmas break from school, now is the time to book those appointments to ensure that they will be seen before your insurance renews.
This year, Stanley Dentistry has committed to making patients aware of remaining benefits, and their outstanding treatment, so that those insurance dollars are put to good use. Our patient liaisons have begun our new yearly Use It or Lose It campaign. We are working diligently to contact patients with remaining benefits to help them get scheduled now, at a time that will fit their schedule, before everyone scrambles to find an open appointment during the busy holiday season.
If you have recommended treatment outstanding or have yet to receive your two dental cleanings and check ups in 2018, please contact our office today and we would be more than happy to help meet all of your dental needs. Our Lead Patient Liaison, Diana Alcaraz, wants all patients to know, “If you are unaware if you are someone who has outstanding treatment or if you have leftover insurance dollar, you can absolutely call us and we will complete a complimentary benefits check to see what coverage you have left to ensure that we maximize your insurance dollars and help you put your hard-earned dollars to work.”
Did you know that during pregnancy more frequent dental visits are crucial for not only your health but also for the health of your baby? During pregnancy, a woman’s chances of contracting gingivitis, also known as periodontal gum disease, are increased significantly. Gingivitis, or an inflammation of the gum tissue, occurs when plaque builds up between the teeth and the gums. Pregnancy gingivitis presents specifically when an expecting mother’s gums become swollen, inflamed, tender, and in some cases begin to bleed. Without treatment, pregnancy gingivitis can easily become active periodontal disease, which can affect the health of the unborn child. Unfortunately, between all of the prepping for the baby’s arrival and other doctor’s visits, new mothers often let their dental health slip. Pregnancy is a busy season for an expecting mother. However, moms should seek to prioritize their regular dental care during pregnancy to protect their health and the health of their child.
The misconception that dental care is not recommended during pregnancy is not only false, but dangerous for both the health of mom and baby. If expecting mothers allow active infection to grow in the mouth, those same diseases can be passed through her body and potentially to the baby. This information may come across as initially frightening; but with the help of Drs. Stanley, expecting mothers can rest easy knowing their dental health is a top priority. Stanley Dentistry can address your concerns, and set moms and children onto a healthy path.
“To combat your chances of contracting pregnancy gingivitis, you should call your dentist when you find out you are expecting. We recommend setting up one dental checkup per trimester to ensure that everything is normal and healthy,” says Dr. Bobbi Stanley. “Please also make sure you are brushing your teeth twice daily, and flossing at least once a day. Although this is always the standard of care that we recommend our patients to use at home, now more than ever, it needs to be done.” Dr. Stanley, a mother of four children, knows just how important regular dental check-ups are all the time, but especially during pregnancy. “As an expecting mom, you want to do everything in your power to protect your baby. Your dentist can partner with you in making sure your smile is healthy for the safety of you and your baby.”
If moms do begin to notice that their gums seem different than normal, set up an examination with the dentist as soon as possible to stop the spread of any potential periodontal disease. If moms are diagnosed with pregnancy gingivitis, Stanley Dentistry can help. The doctors may recommend “a deep cleaning,” or a dental procedure called scaling and root planing. During the procedure appointment, the hygienist will perform an extensive deep cleaning of the patient’s mouth to combat the spread of periodontal disease.
After this procedure, all patients are given a medicated rinse called Chlorhexidine Gluconate mouthwash. This prescription mouthwash ensures that the mouth will continue to actively fight the infection and allows the patient to continue to combat any spread of disease while they are at home. Expectant mothers are often wary of using prescriptions while pregnant; they do not want to endanger their child by introducing new medications. However, there are no studies performed on humans that show any dangerous links between pregnant or nursing mothers and Chlorhexidine rinse.
“Chlorhexidine is completely safe for the mother and the unborn child,” says Dr. Robert Stanley. “We have seen studies about Chlorhexidine and the unborn performed on rats, however, the study reported no effects on the nursing rats.” Dr. Stanley relies on latest research and continuing education to stay abreast of any changes in his field. Drs. Robert and Bobbi Stanley attend about 10 times the required amount of continuing dental education required by the North Carolina state dental board each year.
“Chlorhexidine rinse is meant to be used as a mouthwash by the moth er to combat disease in the mouth,” Dr. Stanley states. His research on the subject has revealed important, new information for nursing mothers. “Recently, a report was published stating a nursing mother applied Chlorhexidine to her nipples, causing her baby’s heart rate to slow dangerously while nursing. Do not apply Chlorhexidine topically to the skin. We do not, under any circumstances, recommend this rinse to be rubbed on the nipples, especially when breastfeeding. As long as the rinse is used as prescribed, no harm will come to the mother or the unborn or nursing child.”
Recently, Stanley Dentistry longtime hygienist, Jennifer, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. While pregnant, she felt compelled to share her knowledge with other pregnant mothers to help educate them, combat misconceptions, and put their worries at ease. Below is the link to a video with important information for pregnant and nursing mothers regarding pregnancy gingivitis and periodontal disease. Pregnancy is an exciting time for new moms but can also be a scary time in a woman’s life. Stanley Dentistry is equipped to help both nursing and pregnant moms navigate their oral health before, during, and after the birth of their new child. Call the office today to schedule your next hygiene appointment, or to learn more about pregnancy gingivitis.
Stanley Dentistry is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Stanley has earned the distinction of Diplomate with the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI). He joins an elite group of fewer than 500 dentists bearing this honor.
The ABOI was founded in 1969 by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) with the goal of elevating and standardizing the metrics, skills and abilities of Dental Implantologists in the United States through a rigorous certification and ongoing certification maintenance for qualified dentists. It is considered the premier implantology certifying body and is recognized by the American Board of Dental Specialties (ABDS).
ABOI Diplomate status is the highest level of achievement in implant dentistry. Diplomate certification requires:
Dr. Stanley began his professional career as a mechanical engineer and later returned to school to study dentistry and join his wife, Dr. Bobbi Stanley, in private practice in Cary NC. Their comprehensive approach to family dentistry allows him to focus on dental implants and oral surgery while she practices cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. His uncommon perspective on dentistry combines his training in engineering with his knowledge of dentistry and dental implants. Together Drs. Stanley are able to plan and execute dental implants from start to beautiful finish for patients. In the classroom, they are able to teach other dentists how to provide the same standard of care for their patients.
In addition to placing implants for more than a decade, Dr. Stanley attended a yearlong course continuum at the Dental College of Georgia in 2017 to prepare for the written exam and oral case defense in March of 2018. The ABOI/ID exam assesses the knowledge, acumen and proficiency in implant placement with a rigorous exam—both written and oral—that tests all facets of implant dentistry. Students must prove competency in both surgical and restorative implant dentistry, as well as dental implant maintenance, to successfully complete the examinations, even if they do not practice in each of these areas of focus.
Dr. Robert Stanley is a lifelong learner. ABOI Diplomate status is the latest accolade Dr. Stanley has earned in his ongoing commitment to excellence in dentistry. He is also a Diplomate with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, certified by the Dental Organization of Conscious Sedation (DOCS) and an Adjunct Professor of Prosthodontics at his alma mater, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry.
Before you dismiss this as just another sales pitch for a high-end gadget—get the
dirty clean deets on what makes the Sonicare Diamondclean ABSOLUTELY SPLURGEWORTHY! Even our pal Oprah has named it to her list of FAVES this year so you know this is legit!!
Here are our top reasons to buy a Sonicare Diamondclean toothbrush—and you can decide if they are in order of importance.
Doctor, how can I whiten my teeth without professional whitening?
We get this question a lot in our Cary NC dental practice. And, the tried and true answer is—buy a Sonicare and get busy brushing! Sonicare Diamondclean is clinically proven to remove tooth stains in as few as THREE days and make your smile appear whiter in just a week!
As your dental team, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the health benefits along with the aesthetic advantage of a whiter smile. The bristle structure lends itself to up to 7X more plaque removal than a manual toothbrush. Why does that matter? Plaque monsters are real—not just something we discuss with our children. Plaque carries bacteria, which can lead to cavities and damage to your tooth’s enamel. If plaque stays on your teeth it hardens into tarter which cannot be removed at home. Ultimately you can have soft tissue and ligament damage in the mouth. Ligaments = how your teeth stay attached to your jaw. We want to keep those sturdy!
There are millions of dollars being spent to market oral healthcare. The trick for consumers is to wade through the hype and figure out if there’s any meat behind the glossy packaging and sales gimmicks. One such method of discernment is to ask the question, what are the tooth authorities recommending?
Dr. Bobbi Stanley absolutely recommends Sonicare Diamondclean toothbrushes to her patients. “The high-frequency sonic technology is able to clean areas that manual toothbrushes and other electric toothbrushes cannot”, said Dr. Bobbi. “It’s especially important for orthodontic patients and those who are having difficulty with their current home care routine”, she continued.
Studies are continually showing that high frequency, high-amplitude, sonic-powered toothbrushes decrease plaque and gingivitis significantly more effectively than manual toothbrushes in everyday use.
If being named to Oprah’s favorite list, improved oral health and your dentist’s strong recommendation weren’t enough…we know you love a deal! This holiday season Stanley Dentistry is offering $20 off your Sonicare Diamondclean toothbrush purchase. And, if that isn’t enticing enough, Philips is offering a $20 rebate and there is no sales tax when purchased in our Cary NC family dentist office. This amazing deal is good through December 22, 2017. Quantitites are limited so call today to get your ticket to a better smile before the new year!
Every month, reporters from around the globe solicit expert opinions and case studies for a variety of topics. As a key opinion leader in the dental industry, Dr. Bobbi Stanley is often asked to weigh in on dental and oral health concerns.
When approached about a patient that had seen significant improvement in overall health with changes in their oral health care, Dr. Bobbi immediately thought of longtime superstar patient Ros S. Ros works for Lifetime Fitness and is not only physically fit herself, she regularly counsels others in their quest for better health. So when Ros was having trouble making it through the day without resting and dosing up with caffeine, she really could not identify the cause. She was eating right, exercising, getting a decent amount of sleep and yet felt tired all the time.
At her six-month dental visit, she posed the question to Cary family dentist Dr. Bobbi, Why am I tired all the time? The wellness exam revealed that although there was no pain and nothing noticeable (to the untrained eye), Ros was suffering from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a condition where mouth bacteria build up releases toxins and cause inflammation and irritation of the gums. It can lead to bone and tooth loss. While this condition appears to be concentrated solely in the mouth, it actually can affect other parts of the body and overall health as well.
Much research has been done correlating oral health issues with problems throughout the body. Studies have established clear links between some respiratory illnesses and complications with diabetes management. There is also evidence connecting pregnancy complications, heart disease, hypertension and other inflammatory issues such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Periodontal disease can be controlled with proper care and that’s just what Dr. Bobbi advised Ros to do. “We did a deep cleaning and followed up with regular perio maintenance and Ros saw a marked improvement in energy levels over time”, said Dr. Bobbi. She continued, “Oral health is the gateway to overall health and I’m glad to see that connection coming to the forefront.”
Have you noticed reduced energy or unwarranted feelings of fatigue? You could be experiencing lethargy due to oral health issues. The best way to ensure optimal oral health is to maintain a twice-yearly schedule of dental exams and cleanings so you can potentially avoid problems before they start.