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.”
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.
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’ve had a dental implant crown (the part that looks like a tooth) for a long time, you may start to see some discoloration, depending on what material the implant is made of. Usually, the more expensive materials (zirconia) see little to no discoloration while cheaper materials (like plastic) see pretty dramatic discoloration over time. If you’re seeing some discoloration, you really only have one option: a new crown.
It’s unfortunate but it’s the reality. You cannot use traditional means to whiten dental implants because the materials dental implants are made of cannot compare to natural enamel. Whitening toothpaste uses small particles to very gently “scratch” the enamel, removing surface stains. If you tried to use a whitening toothpaste on acrylic dental implants, it would scratch the plastic and make it even more susceptible to staining. The plastic would become compromised, allowing dark-colored liquids like red wine and coffee to invade the crown. More professional whitening methods, like Kor and Zoom!, would have similar negative results.
As with most things in life, it’s important to do your research before you spend the money on a dental implant. They’re a big investment and shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you’re looking to cut corners with your dental implants, make sure to remember what dental implants are and what purpose they serve. Implants are replacing and mimicking your lost teeth. Your natural teeth go through a lot on a daily basis which means dental implants made of weak materials will not last.
If you only want to go through implant surgery once, make sure it’s the best of the best. Choosing the cheapest implant option is synonymous with choosing a non-long-lasting implant. You will undoubtedly be in the dentist’s chair a few years down the road.
Don’t want to worry about your dental implants failing or becoming discolored later on? Stanley Dentistry’s Omega Teeth dental implant process uses the best materials and the most innovative methods to produce unparalleled results. Omega Teeth patients very rarely have complications — both in the longterm and in the short term. Dr. Stanley only uses zirconia for all the dental implants he places so there are no concerns of discoloration.
If you’re looking into getting dental implants, make sure to check out Omega Teeth!
Getting dental implants is a big decision. As most patients know, dental implants are far from the “cheaper alternative” to things like bridges or dentures. Depending on the amount and the placement, dental implants can be expensive so before deciding, it’s best to fully understand what exactly you’re getting done. Here at Stanley Dentistry, I use the Omega Teeth method of dental implants. This means that, unlike most other implant methods, Omega Teeth uses a fully-guided system that ensures that every implant is correctly and precisely placed.
That sounds fancy but what does “fully-guided” really mean? And is it really necessary for all dental implant surgeries?
If you decide to get Omega Teeth dental implants at Stanley Dentistry, the first thing I will do is take a full 3D scan of your mouth. The scan shows me exactly where the implants can and should go. Getting the angle and placement perfect is the key to keeping an implant from failing. The vast majority of the time, failed implants stem from poor placement and/or poor maintenance.
Using the 3D scan, I then create a plastic surgical guide. During the surgery, I’ll place the guide inside the patient’s mouth and use it to ensure maximum efficiency and quality. The surgeries I perform are always quick because the guide tells me exactly where to place the implants. With the Omega Teeth method, there’s absolutely no guesswork.
Doctors who don’t use this guided system go into every dental implant surgery effectively blind. Because doctors place dental implants into the jawbone (which is hidden behind gums and teeth), there is no way to know, just by looking, where to place an implant.
Without 3D scans and a surgical guide, doctors could place a dental implant at a wrong angle or in a place that isn’t stable enough to hold it. If the bone doesn’t properly bond with the implant during the healing period, it will fail.
Placing a dental implant isn’t like placing a crown or filling a cavity. It’s a surgery that requires a lot of planning and precision to get right. Dental implants are supposed to last forever but if your doctor isn’t using a fully-guided system, you should expect the implant to fail within a few years.
Dental implants are for those who want to invest in a long-lasting, natural smile. They are not for people who want a low-priced answer to their missing teeth. Out of all the other tooth replacement options, dental implants are the best which typically (and unfortunately) means they’re also the most expensive.
If you’re looking for cheap dental implants, beware of doctors who use subpar materials and perform their surgeries blind (aka without a guided system). They may be cheaper upfront, but in the long run, you’ll most likely have placement-related complications. Get the best care and quality the first time around by scheduling an appointment at Stanley Dentistry’s Omega Teeth clinic.
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?
When a doctor does them right, dental implants are a lifelong investment. Unlike veneers or dental bridges, dental implants (as in the implant itself and not the crown) do not normally need replacing. If you’ve had complications with your dental implant it could be because of:
No matter where you get your implant done, your doctor needs to be using a fully-guided system. Fully-guided means that before the surgery, the doctor uses scans of the patient’s mouth to create a plastic guide that ensures the implant (or implants) is placed correctly. During the surgery, the doctor puts the guide in the mouth and places the implants in the color-coded slots at a precise angle.
Many doctors don’t use a fully-guided system. They go into the surgery effectively blind and place the implant at a random angle. Doing this almost guarantees the failure of the implant.
At Stanley Dentistry, I use the fully-guided Omega Teeth dental implant process to guarantee successful implants. Omega Teeth is faster, safer, and yields better results than similar procedures (including Teeth-in-a-Day and All-on-Four). If the patient uses proper precautions when it comes to eating post-procedure, the chances of an Omega Teeth implant failing are slim.
After you get an implant, your doctor will give you a long list of do’s and don’ts. This is perhaps the hardest part when it comes getting an implant. The recovery period isn’t easy. It isn’t painful — most patients report feeling manageable pain for only a few weeks post-procedure — it’s restrictive. Implant patients have to stick to a liquid diet for three months after their surgery and tobacco is firmly off-limits. If patients don’t take these rules seriously, there’s a strong chance the implant will fail.
Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you but a lot of our patients don’t understand how it can affect something like a dental implant. Smokers have a higher chance of developing peri-implantitis, which is the development of inflamed mucosal pockets around the implant site. If left to fester, peri-implantitis can easily lead to a failed implant. Even if one of our patients does come in with peri-implantitis, there may not be a way to easily treat it (depending on the severity). To keep that from happening, we encourage patients to stop smoking or using tobacco in the months leading up to the surgery. It could mean the difference between keeping and losing your implants.
Every six months, dental implant patients have to come in for a maintenance check-up. A doctor takes a look at the implant, removes the crown, and cleans the area around the abutment. It seems like a small thing but this short, regular appointment is very important for maintaining your dental implant’s health.
A dental implant patient cannot take off the crown of their implant so they can’t truly clean it. Brushing and flossing are great ways to keep your implant healthy but don’t discredit going to the dentist.
We know that getting a dental implant can be a little scary but rest assured that, at Stanley Dentistry, our implant success rate is very high. Post-procedure, it’s more about the patient making sure to follow all the rules (soft foods, no smoking, etc.). After your surgery, I will sit down with you and make sure you understand exactly how to care for your dental implants. If you follow everything all the directions, you’ll be sporting your forever smile for years to come!
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.