We know no one enjoys filling out paperwork, but in any medical environment, all those questions about your medications and medical history are incredibly important. Most people acknowledge that they need to fill out paperwork at places like their GP or orthopedic, but at dental offices, paperwork is often left ignored and unfinished. Because people typically come to the dentist twice a year, it can feel more routine than going to other medical offices. This translates to people not feeling the need to mention things like new medications or recent surgeries. Your teeth don’t have much to do with the rest of your body, right? In reality, your overall health has a strong impact on the health of your teeth and gums. Even small changes to your medical history can impact how we approach your dental treatment options.
Almost all medications — even over-the-counter drugs — come with long lists of side effects. Most decongestants and many antihistamines can severely reduce saliva production. Saliva helps keep your teeth “clean” in-between brushing by washing away harmful bacteria. If we know that you’re on a medication that affects saliva production, we can take some proactive measures to ensure your teeth and gums stay as healthy as possible.
Some other medications that may affect your saliva production include painkillers, diuretics, and antidepressants. If you’re taking any kind of medication regularly, make sure your dentist knows — even if you don’t think it’s affecting your teeth or mouth directly. With anything medical, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Your mouth is a gateway for harmful bacteria, allowing them to easily move from your teeth and gums to affect the rest of your body. Poor oral health can exacerbate, and even cause, certain conditions, including endocarditis and cardiovascular disease. Letting your dentist know about your health conditions — including your family’s health history — is vital. If endocarditis runs in your family, your dentist may recommend coming in for three or four cleanings a year instead of two, just to make sure there are no bacteria that can wind up near your heart.
Your oral health can also impact pregnancy. Recent studies link periodontal disease to low birth weights and premature births. We typically recommend that pregnant women come in for cleanings every three months instead of every six months if they’re struggling with their gum health.
Other conditions that relate to your oral health include diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and osteoporosis. These illnesses can make the mouth more susceptible to gum disease, mucosal lesions, and tooth loss respectively. The best way to keep yourself healthy is to tell your dentist exactly what sort of conditions you have so they can create a treatment plan that works for you.
Surgeries and injuries — on any part of the body — can affect oral surgeries and treatments. At our office, we approach every case with individual, personalized care. If we don’t know your medical history, we could make a mistake. Keep us in the loop on any and all changes by filling out all requested paperwork and talking to your dentist while you’re in the office. We want every visit to our office to be beneficial and worthwhile to you but for that to be possible, we need your help.
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.
“Dentistry is essential health care because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.”
Dark or black spots on the gums are typically the byproduct of melanin buildup in the gums. It’s a completely natural, genetic condition that does not cause any adverse health effects. However, we’ve had quite a few patients ask about ways that they can remove those spots because they dislike how they make their smile appear asymmetrical. Unfortunately, there are no at-home remedies for removing dark blotches on the gums. Most professional methods also fail because they use things like knives or lasers which remove the pigmentation temporarily. Within a year, the spots come back.
My team and I noticed this gap in the cosmetic dentistry world and decided to try and close it. When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, you can change most anything: the size of your teeth, how “gummy” your smile is, and the shade of your smile. It just didn’t make sense to us that, with so much dental technology out there, patients who want dark gingival spots removed couldn’t find a real, long-lasting solution.
It took a few years, but we finally found something that could change how dentists correct pigmented gingival spots: radio waves. Using an FDA approved electrosurgery device, we could emit radio waves near the surface of the gums, pulling the pigmentation out. The procedure proved to be inexpensive, easy on the patient, and most importantly, very successful. In the majority of cases, the radio waves take away gum pigmentation for good. We called the procedure Britegums and the rest is history!
Curious about the Britegums process and how it works? Click here to go to the Britegums “How does it work” page. Have any additional questions about Britegums? Click here to go to our Britegums FAQs page.
Ready to get started on your Britegums treatment? You can call 1-866-274-8348 or schedule a complimentary consult online here. Our office is located in Cary, North Carolina but we’ve seen patients all the way from California and Nevada to Michigan and New York. If you do live out-of-state, we encourage you to ask for a virtual consultation. Using FaceTime or Google Duo, we can take a look at your smile and give you a rundown of your treatment and finances. After that, you can book a trip to Cary! We’re located right next to the airport (RDU), making it easy to drop-in, get the procedure done, and then get right back home.
We hope to see you soon!
You don’t know when or how they got there but you’ve begun to notice (and maybe dislike) the blotchy, purple spots on your gums. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. We get a lot of patients calling our office asking us about spots on their gums. Because gum discoloration isn’t really something dentists or doctors talk about very often, not many people truly understand what the spots are or why they have them. They call this discoloration all sorts of things: purple gums, dark gums, “peeling” gums, and brown gums are just a few.
In reality, blotchy spots on the gums are simply caused by melanin build-up and are completely harmless. Still, quite a few people don’t care for how the spots can make their smile appear asymmetrical. See, the pigmentation on the gums is very rarely uniform. This means the person’s smile appears uneven — even if the teeth are perfectly straight. People who have “gummy” smiles, where a significant portion of the gums are visible when smiling, tend to make up a large percentage of our patient base purely because their gums impact the appearance of their smile more.
It’s important to remember that, when talking about gum pigmentation, everything is cosmetic. Dark spots on the gums are not going to cause any health concerns. However, if you don’t like the way your gums are affecting your smile, we’ve got a solution.
Up until a few years ago, there weren’t many methods for safe gum pigmentation removal. Some doctors tried using lasers to burn away the pigmentation or knives to cut out the pigmented tissue. Neither of these methods were comfortable for the patient, nor did they provide long lasting results. Within a year or two, the pigmentation would always return.
We had a patient come in who was desperate for a real way to permanently remove the spots on her gums. With this as our motivation, we got to work, trying to find a safe and simple way to remove gum pigmentation. We found our solution in radio waves. Unlike other methods, radio waves are able to remove not just the melanin in the gums but also the melanocytes — the cells that create the melanin. By removing both, we are able to give patients symmetrical, pink gums that stay that way for, in most cases, a lifetime. We called this process Britegums.
We use an FDA approved electrosurgery device to emit the radio waves. The device uses a special brush head to emit the waves and help loosen and remove the pigmented gum tissue. The procedure can be uncomfortable for patients since the mouth is a sensitive area. We provide a local anesthetic for Britegums though, if you’re suffering from dental anxiety, we can use IV or inhalation sedation to make it even easier on you.
It typically takes about seven days for the full results from the procedure to be visible. Patients heal completely two to three weeks post-surgery.
Compared to most of the procedures we do at Stanley Dentistry (like dental implant surgery or crown lengthening), Britegums is incredibly non-invasive. There is zero bleeding since the radio waves stop any bleeding before it starts. For the doctor, the procedure is very easy and straight-forward. Most patients are in and out of the office within an hour.
You may experience some mild discomfort after your appointment as your gums heal. We recommend using Tylenol or Advil to help with that.
There are a few things we look for in a good Britegums candidate. The first thing is dental health. Before you get any kind of cosmetic procedure done, your dentist will want to make sure you don’t have any signs of tooth decay or periodontal disease (gum disease). If you do have periodontal disease and you need a gum graft, we’ll do that first and allow it to heal before moving on to the Britegums treatment.
The second thing we look for is melanin-based pigmentation. For most people, this pigmentation is genetic but in rare cases, we have had patients with smoker’s melanosis come in to get Britegums. We can use Britegums to treat smoker’s melanosis but we cannot use Britegums on patient’s suffering from Leukoplakia or any other ailment that causes gray or pale gums.
While we’re working on getting a few more Britegums offices in other states and countries, right now have one location in Cary, North Carolina. Many of our patients live hundreds of miles away from North Carolina which is why we offer complimentary virtual consultations. With the virtual consultation, we’ll take a look at your gums and see if Britegums is the right course of treatment for you. If it is, we’ll encourage you to book a flight to RDU which is just down the street from our office.
We hope to see you soon!
Post-quarantine, we’ve had a lot of patients call and ask us about cosmetic dentistry options. They want to know more about the cosmetic procedures we do, like gum contouring, bonding, and Britegums. At first, we were just thrilled to have more patients coming in. This has been a hard time for small businesses and every foot through the door is a big help in our slow-but-steady comeback.
But, eventually, as we examined the numbers and talked to some other offices, we began to realize something. During quarantine, people spent a lot of time on Zoom calls or Facetime chats. Those kinds of software act as a mirror, showing both the viewer and the caller on the screen. In short, it gives people time to look at themselves. For the first time in years, or for the first time ever, people are noticing small, cosmetic blemishes. They’re noticing things like dental staining, minor misalignment, or blotchy, “peeling” gums.
That last one is the one that really surprised us. We’d never heard the term “peeling” when it comes to gums before. But, over the past few weeks, we’ve had many people calling and asking about their peeling gums and how we can treat them. Fortunately for these people, their gums aren’t really “peeling.” They’re actually just a little blotchy and slightly discolored. Melanin can appear in the gums, causing spots of color. These spots are completely cosmetic. They have more to do with genetics than your health.
Still, a lot of people dislike the way they look. This is particularly true for people who have “gummy” smiles, meaning their gums are distinctly visible when smiling. The uneven spots and blotches on the gums can throw off the symmetry of a smile and symmetry is what creates a really beautiful smile. Luckily, we have a pretty easy solution for removing that excess pigment in order to create a more uniform smile.
For a long time, there wasn’t much that could be done to correct dark spots on the gums. There were some laster treatments but most of them were expensive, painful, and could not provide long lasting results. And then, a few years ago, our team discovered a new way to safely remove pigmentation from the gums without using lasers, knives, or any other painful tools. The answer was radio waves. Radio waves are able to gently remove the pigmentation without injuring the delicate gum tissue. We saw great results and decided to call the procedure Britegums, since it “brightens” dark spots on the gums. You can learn more about Britegums here.
Britegums is a cosmetic dental procedure that does require some form of sedation. Without sedation, the procedure would be somewhat painful. Most people prefer to use a local anesthetic to numb the area. With the anesthetic, there is zero pain during the procedure. Afterward, some patients report mild discomfort as the gums heal. Patients can easily manage the pain with Advil or Tylenol.
Britegums patients typically see a very short healing period. You can get back to your normal routine within a day. Although it’s a tender area of the body, the mouth heals fast. We have patients come in every week or every other week for a little while to check on how the gums are healing. Within a month or two, their smile is completely healed.
We offer numerous financing options for Britegums, though most patients don’t even need to look at them since the procedure is very affordable. Set up a virtual consultation by calling (866) 274-8348 and we’ll set out a treatment plan for you.
This is always the most important question that patients ask us. Patients with peeling, blotchy, or “purple” (as some people call them) gums want a permanent way to remove that pigmentation. Lasers and knives only offer a few years without dark spots. Britegums, on the other hand, offers long-lasting results. In 99% of cases, once the pigmentation is gone, it’s gone. You won’t have to worry about a aymmetrical, blotchy smile ever again.
Many of our Britegums patients come from outside the Cary-Raleigh area. We offer a very specialized, unique treatment that is impossible to find anywhere else. Because of this, we offer complimentary virtual consultations so you can talk with our team before booking a flight to North Carolina. You can request a virtual consultation here. We’ll see you soon!
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!
25 years ago, Dr. Bobbi Stanley opened a dental practice in Cary, North Carolina. Twenty-five years later, that small office has expanded to include four doctors, a trained team of dental assistants, and three hygienists. Although a lot of things have changed in the past twenty-five years, our team’s dedication to serving the community hasn’t. Helping the people of Cary, Raleigh, and Durham find their smile is, and always has been our mission.
To celebrate all the smiles we’ve transformed in over two decades, we’re putting on events, specials, and giveaways every month of 2020! Come to this page regularly to check out what’s coming up.
The smile you’ve been waiting for just got a lot more affordable! Get $250 off Kor whitening and $100 off Zoom whitening for a limited time. Make 2020 the year you stop hiding your smile.
Help us reach our goal of $500 by donating to the amazing charity Smile Train. Your donation will help correct cleft lips and palates in children across the globe. You can donate here or in our office.
Have you been dreaming of getting a smile makeover but can’t work it into your finances? We’ve got you covered! We’re giving away $25,000 worth of porcelain veneers to one lucky winner. To enter for a chance to win this incredible prize, simply go to Dr. Bobbi’s personal Instagram page, @drbobbistanley, and follow the instructions. Best of luck!
You’ve just finished brushing your teeth and you notice some dark, blotchy spots on your gums. Have they always been there, or did they just show up recently? Are they dangerous? Chances are, those harmless spots have always been there; dark gums are typically genetic. The majority of people with dark gums have a higher concentration of melanin in their skin. That melanin can appear in the gums as blotchy spots.
In rare cases, smoking can also cause “black gums” as some people call them. The nicotine in tobacco can encourage melanocytes (the cells that produce melanin) to produce a higher amount of melanin. Most of the time, patients who quit smoking see a gradual decrease in discoloration. However, in some cases, this discoloration can last for years after a patient has stopped smoking.
Gum “bleaching” methods do exist for people with dark gums but they aren’t exceptionally effective (or comfortable). Results from gum bleaching procedures just don’t last. Most patients who have their gums bleached see a return in dark spots within a year or two. For a procedure that’s expensive and painful, that’s just not worth it.
That’s why Dr. Rob invented Britegums — a revolutionary way to “pinken” gums with less pain and less downtime. Britegums uses radio waves to gently but permanently remove both melanins and melanocytes from the gums, revealing pink tissue underneath. The procedure is fast and relatively pain-free. Just a few weeks post-op, patients have perfect pink gums!
Interested in giving Britegums a try? Visit britegums.com to learn more or set up a free consultation with Dr. Rob at our office in Cary, NC. If you live out of town, don’t worry! Britegums also offers complimentary virtual consultations so you can see if the procedure is right for you before you travel.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: if you have dental insurance, the best way to save yourself a lot of money is to remember the “use it or lose it” principle. Every year, we run a campaign encouraging our patients to schedule their cleanings, fillings, and other dental services before the end of the year, since dental insurance doesn’t rollover. If patients don’t use the amount allocated by their insurance by the end of the year, they lose that money.
August probably seems a little early to begin thinking about the end of the year but schedules fill up quickly. Back-to-school is just around the corner and before you know it, the holidays will be here. Evade the unnecessary anxiety by scheduling early and using your dental insurance before it’s too late.
Dental insurance is an overly complicated web of unnecessary rules, insane numbers, and fine print. Very few of our patients truly understand how it works since the insurance companies do their best to keep anyone and everyone in the dark. They want their policyholders “out of the know” because that often means making more money. If you don’t know how something works, you won’t notice when the system cheats you.
In dental insurance, that cheat is losing the services you already paid for at the end of each calendar year. In a typical dental insurance plan, you probably get the following:
If you only get one cleaning in May and don’t go in for another one six months later, you lose the money you paid to the insurance company. The insurance company is happy because you paid them for a cleaning that they never had to cover. If you try to go in for a cleaning in January to use one of your two cleanings from the previous year, you’ll just end up using money from your current annual plan instead.
It is never a good idea to sit on needed dental work. Many serious operations, from knee replacement to open-heart surgery, require dental clearance so it’s best to stay abreast of any dental concerns. Of course, that isn’t always easy and we understand that. A lot of people push dentist visits to the back burner because of financial concerns. If you need a lot of treatment, it can get expensive.
The thing is, a lot of our patients come into the office for the first time not knowing that their insurance will cover the majority of their treatment. They assume that insurance won’t cover things like fillings, crowns, or oral cancer screenings when in reality, they will. If you haven’t already gone past your limit for the year, many dental insurance companies will cover a variety of services.
The best way to know what your dental insurance covers is to come into the office and meet with our insurance experts. They’ll give you a complimentary insurance check to see what insurance will and won’t cover.
If you have a dental insurance plan, you’ve already paid for regular visits to the dentist. You’ve already paid for the occasional filling or crown. Isn’t it better to schedule those appointments and effectively use that money instead of allowing the dental insurance companies to scam you out of hundreds of dollars?