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.

She is also a graduate of UNC Dental School. She continued her dental education following dental school by attending a residency program at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center. Here she gained skill in treating medically compromised and geriatric patients, as well as learned advanced surgery techniques and surgical implant placement.

Dr. Sonner recently obtained Fellowship with The International Dental Implant Association under the direction of Dr. Arun Garg who is world renowned for his program. Dr Sonner as well as Dr. Abernethy and Wells completed a mission trip to the Dominica Republic with Dr. Garg where along with 40 other doctors donated the equivalent of 2 million dollars in dental implant surgeries. This provides teeth to natives that would otherwise never have the opportunity to gain chewing function again.

Dr. Sonner's Involvement

In addition to the practice of dentistry, Dr. Sonner devotes much of her time in service for dentistry. She has served on her local dental society board for 6 years, serving as the President in 2013. In addition, she served on the Eastern Community Advisory Board for Medical Security from 2009-2012. She was the PACE chairwoman for the Academy of General Dentistry from 2009-2012. She is passionate about organized dentistry and volunteers much of her time participating in legislative events promoting dentistry.

She is also passionate about the elderly and elder care. Both of Dr. Sonner’s parents have suffered from strokes an live with deficiencies since. She understands how much is involved when caring for aging parents and is compassionate about ensuring their dental needs are met in whatever capacity. Dr. Sonner strongly believes in helping our elderly keep their chewing function to protect their need for optimum nutrition and food choices as they age. She enjoys fabricating oral prosthetics when patients have lost their teeth and she also offers alternative options to help patients keep teeth as long as possible.

Personal Life

Her father who was a national championship swimmer resides in a local assisted living facility where Dr. Sonner frequents with her family and enjoys time spent with all the residents. Raleigh Swim Association, founded by her father William Sonner, recently named their new year round training facility after him.

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Meet Dr. Abernethy

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.


Meet Dr. Wells

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.


Experience the Renaissance Difference

Does your smile project your self-confidence? Is it as healthy as it could be? At Renaissance Dental Center, we combine personalized care with professionalism and expertise to make your dental experience a success in every way.

Whether you seek general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, or restorative dental care, we will work together to define a treatment plan that's perfect for your unique needs.

A dental experience you’ll actually look forward to.

Think you have to be afraid of the dentist? Think again! Our unique approach to dental care ensures that you have a comfortable—even luxurious experience. From iPods and DVDs to massage chairs and a relaxing paraffin hand therapy…
we put the “treat” in treatment.

Let us help you put your best face forward by helping you maintain the best possible dental health—for a lifetime of healthy smiles!


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.