Hometown Dentist in Durham, NC

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Dentistry That Makes You Smile
Empowering families to achieve premium oral health.
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Serving Durham for More Than 78 Years
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Meet Dr. Stead Willis

Voted as a "Top Dentist" in Durham for the past ten years.

A Durham native, Dr. Stead Willis III is a third generation dentist and a true advocate for patient-focused care. He has followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather who both practiced dentistry in the local area. In fact, his family has been making people in our communities smile for almost 80 years.

Dr. Stead Willis is refining the doctor-patient dynamic by offering a down-to-earth, patient-first approach. He couples his adaptable processes with many years of dental experience and training.

Our dentist in Durham, NC has been listed as a Top Dentist in Durham Magazine from 2010-2019.

Learn more about Dr. Stead Willis and his approach to oral healthcare.

Our Smile Tradition

The Willis family has been practicing exceptional dentistry for three generations.

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Our Heritage
There has been a Dr. Willis practicing dentistry in the Durham area since the 1930s. As a third generation dentist, Dr. Stead Willis has grown up in the industry and dental care has become part of his DNA. He uses his experience of being around dentistry as both a child and an adult to help our patients remain relaxed and comfortable.
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You Are Family
The family style atmosphere extends to all patients as we welcome you to our practice. Our caring team has created an environment that lends itself to open communication and active patient partnerships. This means we take the time to really understand your primary concerns, answer all your questions, and adapt treatment to meet your personal needs.
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Preventative Focus
Through patient education and regular check-ups, we are able to provide dentistry that is proactive rather than reactive. We preach preventative care and support this with informative discussions that educate you on how to best care for your family’s oral health.
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A Modern Style
In order to be most effective, Dr. Stead Willis keeps up with the latest technological trends in dentistry. At our office, we have a range of modern treatments such as CEREC® Same-Day Crowns, Opalescence Whitening, and DEXIS Imaging. These advancements make your visit quicker, more comfortable, and produce outstanding results.
Where Innovation Meets Compassion
Devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile.
  • Comprehensive Exams

  • Cleanings & Periodontal Exams

  • Scaling & Root Planing

  • Oral Cancer Screenings

  • Sealants

  • Night Guards

  • Mouth Guards

  • Teeth Whitening

  • Anterior Bonding

  • Porcelain Veneers

  • Same-Day Crowns

  • Metal-Free Fillings

  • Crowns & Bridges

  • Partial & Complete Dentures

  • Extractions

  • Inlays & Onlays

I can't imagine having a better dentist. Dr. Stead Willis sees my entire family, including two young children and my wife, and he does a great job. He always explains things well and gives you an honest assessment of what is needed. He is also very thorough. I highly recommend!

Seth J. (Stead Willis DMD Patient)

We Are Here to Serve
Everything is in place to make your visit both easy and memorable.
Where to Find Us

Stead Willis DMD is conveniently located near the Duke Campus in downtown Durham. It is easy to find us and even easier to park thanks to our private parking lot.

Our address:
1212 Broad St.
Durham, NC 27705

Serving Our City

As proud citizens of Durham, NC, we take delight in serving our communities. We accept patients of all ages and especially enjoy caring for families. Our team is looking forward to helping you smile more.

How Can We Help?

We find the greatest joy in serving our patients and helping you discover the joys of a new smile. Dr. Stead Willis offers a conservative yet comprehensive approach that focuses primarily on preventative care. We also offer a broad choice of cosmetic services to beautify your smile:

  • CEREC Same-Day Crowns

  • Partials & Complete Dentures

  • Teeth Whitening

  • Porcelain Veneers

Ready to Get Started?

At Stead Willis DMD, we are always excited to welcome new patients and to see our returning dental family. Once you have scheduled your appointment, head over to our dedicated New Patients page, where you can find the following:

  • New Patient Forms

  • Financing Options

  • Insurance Solutions

  • Our Appointment Policy

Visit Our One-of-a-Kind Office

Please fill out the form or call us at (919) 286-2235 to book your visit to Stead Willis DMD.