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.”
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.
“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?
I would recommend it to anyone. I’ve been trying to get people to come!”
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:
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.”
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
If you have a few missing teeth that are affecting how you talk or eat, it may be time to consider getting a partial denture. Removable partial dentures are tooth-replacement devices made of durable resin and plastic. They get a bad reputation but partial dentures can be a real game-changer for people who are struggling with missing teeth.
We tend to recommend dental implants for patients with missing teeth but, in some cases, it just financially isn’t possible. For those patients, we make more affordable custom partial dentures so they can eat and speak normally again.
Before our patients get a partial denture, they almost always ask us the same question: “Will eating get easier or harder?” While we use partial dentures for aesthetic purposes (particularly for front teeth), that isn’t their sole job. Dentists make partial dentures so patients can eat and speak better.
At first, your partial denture will be a little awkward. You’ll be used to the missing teeth and having a foreign object in their place won’t feel natural during those first few weeks. However, over time, you’ll become more and more used to wearing it. We recommend that patients wear their partial denture as much as possible when they first get it. This is so we can do small adjustments to make sure the fit is as comfortable as possible. The only reason your partial denture might be falling out or wiggling around when you’re eating is because of a problem with the fit. If this is the case, schedule an appointment at Stanley Dentistry to get your partial re-fit.
During your first month with a partial denture, try cutting up your food into small bites. This will help you become comfortable eating with your new denture. As you become more confident, you can start adding different foods into your diet. Depending on where you need a partial denture, you may still have trouble eating particularly sticky, hard, or chewy foods. However, most of our patients have few problems with their partials during mealtime.
Getting dentures can be both an exciting and stressful time for patients. It’s exciting because patients are gaining a better bite and a brighter smile. It can be stressful because dentures require a few different appointments and, after the final try-on, the patient has to become familiar with a new dental routine.
Washing and taking care of dentures can feel a little overwhelming at first but rest assured, dentures don’t need a lot of maintenance to stay looking and feeling great. If you follow these simple steps, you’ll have your dentures for years to come.
Rinsing your dentures after eating is the easiest and most self-explanatory way of keeping them clean. Food debris can get stuck in the cracks and crevices of the dentures, encouraging bacteria to grow. Giving them a quick rinse in the sink will keep that from happening. When you’re rinsing the dentures, make sure you handle them carefully. Dentures are fragile and can break if you drop them.
Just like with natural teeth, you need to brush your dentures regularly. We recommend brushing them at least once a day (though twice is even better). Use a soft brush and denture cleaner (not toothpaste!) to gently remove any built-up plaque or food debris. Make sure that when you’re brushing, you get every little bit of denture adhesive off. Leaving the adhesive on can cause long-term problems for the dentures.
Because dentures spend so much time in your mouth, plaque can become a serious problem if you don’t brush them daily.
Even if you have a full mouth of dentures (aka, top and bottom), you still need to brush your gums daily. Using a toothbrush with very soft bristles, gently brush your tongue, gums, and palette.
For some dentures, an overnight soak is the most important step in keeping them clean. Dentures need moisture to retain their shape and condition. If you really want to keep your pearly whites clean, try using a special solution to soak your dentures. This can help kill any bacteria that brushing didn’t get. Just make sure to rinse the dentures well in the morning. Denture solution can irritate the stomach if ingested.
We recommend that denture-wearing patients come and visit our office every six months. During the appointment, our dental assistants will professionally clean the dentures and inspect them for any damage. If there is damage (which there commonly is with dentures because they’re so fragile), we’ll fix it up new for you!