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What is a Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dentist who is a specialist in the restoration and replacement of teeth. Extensive training and education provide prosthodontists with the skills for restoring optimum function and esthetics to your smile. The treatments include: crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structures and/or teeth, snoring and sleep disorders and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care. 

We want your visits with our office to be educational as we take care of your complex dental treatment needs. We encourage you to ask questions to better understand your treatment. Most of the treatments will involve multiple appointments and will be different from what you have experienced at a general dentist’s office. Following an initial evaluation of your current dental condition, a detailed plan for treatment will be developed. Often, several treatment options will be presented and we will work with you to determine which plan is best for you.

Excellence and caring are our goals. The most valuable things we have to offer are first, a concern for our patients as individuals; second, is our knowledge of prosthodontics; and third, our skill and experience. We will deliver a total individualized treatment striving for perfection without shortcuts or sacrifice of quality. We simply offer you the kind of care that we want for ourselves or our families. 

Our philosophy of dental treatment is to restore the mouth in a way that preserves the remaining structures. We believe that most treatments can be structured so that anyone can afford to have the best that modern dentistry has to offer.

About Dr. Chaffee

Dr. Nancy Chaffee received her general dentistry training at the University of Iowa in 1985. After practicing for three years as a general dentist, she returned to the University of Iowa and received her prosthodontic specialty training and Master’s degree in 1990. In 1993, she was certified by the American Board of Prosthodontics.


She has held academic appointments at The Ohio State University, the University of Nebraska, and the University of North Carolina where she served as the Graduate Prosthodontics Program director.   She was the first female in the United States to do so. 


In 2001, Dr. Chaffee left full-time academics for private practice in Cary, NC and was the first Board certified prosthodontist in the Cary/Apex area. In 2006, she opened her own private prosthodontic practice in Cary.


She has been an active member of the American Dental Association, the American College of Prosthodontists, and the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics. She has served on the American Dental Association’s National Board Test Construction Committee which composed the examination taken by every licensed dentist in the United States. She has also served as a Delegate and on numerous committees for the American College of Prosthodontists, the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics as well as Chair of the Prosthodontic Group of the American and International Associations for Dental Research. She also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and the Journal of Prosthodontics, where she reviews manuscripts outlining the latest in dental research focused on prosthodontics.  In 2014 she served as the Program Chair for the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics Annual Session.

Dentistry and prosthodontics are highly complex and rapidly changing. Dr. Chaffee is committed to continuing her education so she can provide the latest techniques in prosthodontics. Dr. Chaffee participates in numerous continuing education courses to stay up-to-date on the latest research in dentistry. In addition to taking courses, she also lectures nationally to provide continuing education to others so that they may better care for their patients. 

Dr. Chaffee

Welcome to Apex Prosthodontics


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