Dental Implants in Raleigh, NC

Dental implants have come a long way over the last 25 years. The dental industry has worked hard to improve the process related to getting dental implants, and now patients can enjoy near permanent, realistic teeth without ever having to worry about having them falling out, needing replaced, or having to fuss with dentures ever again!


Renaissance Dental Center is located in Raleigh, NC but graciously provide comprehensive Dental Services to all surrounding areas including Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, and Garner.


What are Dental Implants?

Drs. Abernethy, Sonner & Wells share a joined passion for only the highest quality of dentistry on your journey towards optimal oral health.

Dental implants posts are made from a solid material called titanium. Long ago it was discovered that titanium is the only metal in the world that will graft with the human bone to create a strong, lasting bond. The restoration used today consists of three major parts:

  • The rod that is placed in the jawbone, grafting to the bone
  • The implant abutment that is used to secure the tooth
  • And the porcelain crown that is attached to the abutment - this is the part everyone will see.

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Renaissance Dental Center the Triangle’s award winning general and cosmetic dentists

Consider Dental Implants

If you are missing a tooth, or many teeth, you know it can be taxing on your self-esteem. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and if you are missing teeth, you might find yourself hiding your smile, or avoiding smiling altogether. Dental implants can help. People who are missing, or who have damaged or decaying teeth are all good candidates for this type of dental restoration.

Within a few months, or even visits, you can have a complete and beautiful smile to be proud of. In addition to improving the look of your smile, having dental implants placed can reduce the risk of bone loss.

When teeth are not present in the mouth, the bone can wear away because it is not needed to secure teeth. This can also cause surrounding teeth to move forward or backward, causing future dental problems. Another reason to consider is to improve any jaw problems you might have, improve your bite, and improve the way you eat your food.

Finally, missing teeth can impact the way you talk, so having a full set can prevent speech impediments from developing in the future. As you can see, there are many reasons to consider dental implants.

Dental Implant Benefits

The benefits of getting dental implants, or even just one dental implant, are plentiful. One of the most beneficial aspects of dental implants is that they preserve the integrity of the bone after a tooth has been lost. Filling those gaps as soon as possible prevents significant issues from developing over time.

Other benefits include upgrading your dentures: if you have removable dentures, you can get dental implants to secure your dentures to your gums. Imagine, not having to remove your dentures again? Other benefits including getting the look and feel of a full set of teeth, and not to mention the total function of your mouth.

Dental implants improve your appearance as well: when teeth are missing, the shape of the face and jaw may change. Overall, most people seek dental implants simply to improve their quality of life and to again be proud of their smile. Replacing even one tooth can have a considerable impact on your quality of life, and that's worth the effort when considering this treatment option.

Placement Process

The first stage is planning. This stage involves determining whether or not a patient is eligible for the procedure: there needs to be enough bone in the jaw to support the placement of the dental implant.

When your dental surgeon and you have decided to move forward, you will undergo a surgery to place the rod so that it can begin to graft to the bone. After a few months, the healing will be complete.

When the implant has integrated into the bone, patients will have the abutment placed inside of the rod. This will hold the crown in place. The crown will be set using dental cement or an internal dental screw.

Implant technology has changed so much over the years that patients will experience little to no pain. Even the healing time can be completed in a relatively short period and patients can walk away looking and feeling better with full use of their teeth.

Raligh, NC Dental Implant Specialists Image of Implant Placement

Are They Right For You?

There is no age limit on how old a patient can be to receive dental implants, as long as there is sufficient bone structure to support the placement of the rods. However, younger children and teenagers are typically not candidates for dental implants.

For patients who are having an extraction, implants can be placed at the same time. That does not mean, however, that people who have had missing teeth for years aren’t good candidates; as long as there is enough healthy bone to support the procedure, most people are eligible for dental implants as an option for replacement.

More Reading on Dental Implants

The long-term efficacy of currently used dental implants: a review and proposed criteria of success

T Albrektsson, G Zarb, P Worthington… - Int j oral maxillofac …, 1986 -
Criteria for the evaluation of dental implant success are proposed. These criteria are applied  in an assessment of the long-term efficacy of currently used dental implants including the  subperiosteal implant, the vitreous carbon implant, the blade-vent implant, the single-crystal …

The longitudinal clinical efficacy of osseointegrated dental implants: a 3-year report.

JF Cox, GA Zarb - … Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants, 1987 -
The impressive Swedish reports suggesting predictable and frequent longitudinal success  with osseointegration in edentulous patients demanded a replication study to underscore  the merit of universal application. This is a report from the Toronto prospective study where …

Anna Abernethy, DDS

Dr. Abernethy grew up in Concord, North Carolina, however, she has called Raleigh "home" for the past 20 years. She came to Raleigh to attend college and graduated from Meredith College Magna Cum Laude in 2001 with a BS in biology and a minor in chemical physics.

Jill Sonner, DDS

Dr. Sonner was born and raised in Raleigh NC, and she attended both UNC Wilmington and North Carolina State University. She received her undergraduate degree from NCSU in 1999 with high honors, obtaining a BS in Biological Sciences. During college she supported research staff at NIEHS and performed an independent study focusing on Diabetes.

Anita Jones Wells, DDS

Dr. Wells is a North Carolina native who grew up in the Pinehurst area and has spent the past 10 years studying and practicing dentistry in Chapel Hill. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she completed both her Bachelor of Science in Biology and her Doctor of Dental Surgery, graduating with honors.


General Dentistry

We each enjoy doing a broad range of procedures. This allows us to provide many services in-house rather than referring patients out as much as possible. From simple tooth colored fillings to surgical procedures, we enjoy offering a range of options for our patients.

Cosmetic Dentistry

We have all devoted many hours to advanced training under the direction of Frank Spear who is world renowned for cosmetic repair of the most worn or severely damaged teeth. We appreciate the impact a beautiful attractive smile has on one’s self confidence and can deliver remarkable cosmetic results for people needing a various degrees of smile design.

Dental Implants

We have each received our implant fellowship with the International Dental Implant Association under the direction of Oral Surgeon Dr. Garg and have been placing dental implants since 2005. Implants are a rehabilitative option for patients needing to replace missing teeth or anchor dentures.

Dental Grafting

We offer a minimally invasive alternative option for covering exposed roots caused by recession that does not involve extensive roof of the mouth grafting, called the Gumdrop Technique.

Sedation Dentistry

Dental procedures can be often overwhelming due to phobia, and needed appointments to the dental office are often delayed or even avoided entirely. Our office offers multiple levels of sedation to make sure you're visiting as often as suggested.

Dental Crowns

Your smile may become damaged, decayed, or need cosmetic repair and jeopardizing your oral health. Dental crowns are the perfect solution for such patients. Restore your teeth back to a beautiful and healthy shine.

Porcelain Veneers

Sometimes aspects of your teeth cannot be changed as easily. In these cases, to get the healthy cosmetic smile you're looking for porcelain veneers are the perfect solution.


We have been using digital impressions and 3D printing since 2010. This technique allows us to eliminate many steps that commonly amount to error. Computer aided design allows us to make and deliver restorations in the same visit preventing additional appointments and taking advantage of the patient being numbed only one time.

Teeth Whitening

In today’s world, white teeth are the norm and if yours are yellow or discolored it affects your self confidence. Something as simple as whitening can drastically change your appeal. In the past most of the whitening options caused tooth sensitivity. We offer an array of choices that are tailored to avoid sensitivity while giving you the best outcome.

Laser Therapies

We all hate those dreadful fever blisters. Did you know if you laser them when you feel that very first tingle they won’t erupt? Suffer no more from unsightly sores, we offer this as quick and painless option.