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By Shanean Michelle Anderson, DDS, PA
July 31, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Know the signs of gum disease and when you should visit your dentist for care.

Millions of adults in the US are dealing with gum disease and unfortunately many don’t know it. If left untreated gum disease can lead to gumdiseaseinfection, tooth loss, and bone loss. Therefore, the sooner you seek treatment the better. From the office of our Wake Forest, NC, dentist Dr. Shanean Anderson, here are the warning signs and symptoms of gum disease,


Bleeding Gums

If you find blood in the sink when rinsing your mouth after brushing or flossing this is a telltale sign of gum disease. Since gum disease progresses quickly even the smallest and seemingly insignificant symptoms such as bleeding gums can turn into infected teeth and tooth loss if left untreated. Gums should never bleed when you brush and floss.

If you don’t floss regularly bacteria can easily buildup below the gums, which is responsible for the bleeding. Are you noticing bleeding gums? If so, it’s time to see our Wake Forest, NC, general dentist.


Receding Gums

You may also notice other changes in the appearance of your gums. They may appear puffy, inflamed, or be tender to the touch. Along with these changes you may also notice that suddenly your teeth look a bit longer than usual. No, your teeth haven’t grown. Instead, the gums have started to pull away from the teeth.

Receding gums is a sign that gum disease is progressing. If receding gums aren’t treated this can lead to deeper pockets of infection within the gums, which will pull the gums further from the teeth until they can no longer support the teeth. As a result, teeth become loose or fall out.


Tooth Sensitivity

While there are several things that can cause tooth sensitivity it’s possible that the cause is gum disease. After all, persistent inflamed gum tissue can end up exposing the roots of the tooth. Exposed roots make the teeth more susceptible to sensitivity, decay, and possible tooth loss.

If you are dealing with gum disease in Wake Forest, NC, don’t worry; we can provide you with the treatment you need to improve the health and appearance of your gums. Call Smile Sculptors of Wake Forest today for an appointment.

By Shanean Michelle Anderson, DDS, PA
July 23, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

How tooth colored fillings from your dentist in Wake Forest, NC, can give you an outstanding smile

If you’ve been told you need a filling, you now have a different option other than a bulky, unnatural-looking metal filling. You can choose a Smilefilling that adds to the beauty of your smile, instead of detracting from it. You can choose a tooth colored filling! Dr. Shanean Michelle Anderson at Smile Sculptors in Wake Forest, NC, offers tooth colored fillings to give you an outstanding smile!

Tooth colored fillings provide benefits that can’t be matched by conventional metal fillings. When you choose tooth colored fillings, you will enjoy:

  • A very natural looking filling that blends perfectly with your smile because the filling material is matched to the color of your teeth
  • Easy treatment, because the material is applied as a liquid, sculpted into shape, and then hardened with an ultraviolet light
  • A strong filling that holds your tooth together because it is bonded directly to the tooth surface

Tooth colored fillings can repair all of the same problems as conventional metal fillings, including teeth that are:

  • Decayed or damaged
  • Worn-down or chipped
  • Broken or cracked

When you choose tooth colored fillings, you won’t experience an unpleasant metallic taste in your mouth that you remember from metal fillings. You will only experience the beauty and perfection of a filling that is virtually invisible within your smile. People will notice your smile, not your fillings!

Tooth colored fillings are easy. First, your dentist applies an etching material that creates microscopic pore-like openings in the surface of your tooth. These retain the filling material. Next, a strong bonding agent is applied to cement the filling material to your tooth.

The last step is the filling material, a unique liquid resin known as composite. Composite can be matched to the color of your tooth, and sculpted to conform to the natural contours of your tooth. The liquid material is hardened with an ultraviolet light. The end result is a beautiful tooth colored filling that blends perfectly with your smile.

Don’t settle for old metal fillings when you can have fillings that make your smile look more beautiful. To find out more about tooth colored fillings and what they can do for your smile, call you dentist, Dr. Shanean Michelle Anderson, at Smile Sculptors in Wake Forest, NC, today!

By Shanean Michelle Anderson, DDS, PA
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

How dental implants from your Wake Forest, NC, dentist can give you a beautiful smile

Have you heard about dental implants? If you are missing teeth or wearing a partial or full denture, you need to know about dental Dental-Implantimplants! The truth is, dental implants can give you the smile you’ve been waiting for. Dr. Shanean Anderson at Smile Sculptors of Wake Forest in Wake Forest, NC, offers a full range of dental services including dental implants, to give you a beautiful smile.

So, what’s so special about dental implants? They are the most natural-looking tooth replacement option available. They restore full chewing function and give you a strong smile, so you can enjoy the foods you love.

There are many reasons why dental implants are a popular dental treatment. Dental implants provide:

  • Complete stability, because dental implants are fully embedded in bone so they will never move around
  • Natural beauty, because dental implant crowns are made of light-reflective materials that look just like tooth enamel
  • Convenience, because you never remove dental implants; they are a permanent part of your smile
  • Great oral health, because you brush and floss dental implants just like your natural teeth

When you choose dental implants to replace missing teeth, you are choosing the most successful surgical implant. According to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, dental implants boast a success rate of over 95 percent.

Dental implants provide long-lasting, dazzling results because they resist stains, even if you smoke or drink coffee. You never have to worry about decay with implants. Dental implants allow you to show off a strong, sparkling smile for a lifetime.

If you want to have natural-looking, fully functioning tooth replacement, and rebuild your smile, dental implants are the solution you’ve been waiting for.

To find out more about dental implants, call (919) 825-1795 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Anderson at Smile Sculptors of Wake Forest in Wake Forest, NC, today!

By Shanean Michelle Anderson, DDS, PA
January 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Mouth DenturesDentures are one of the most common tooth replacement options and can give you back the functionality of your smile. From improving the efficiency of chewing and eating to boosting your confidence by giving you a full smile, dentures offer many benefits to people with missing teeth. Learn more about dentures by reading below, and contact Dr. Shanean Anderson at Smile Sculptors of Wake Forest in Wake Forest, NC, if you are interested in undergoing treatment.


Do I need dentures?
If you are missing only one tooth, other tooth replacement options, such as a bridge or dental implant, may be better suited to your needs. However, if you have many missing teeth or are missing all of your teeth, a denture can fill in your gaps and allow you to use your teeth to their fullest capabilities.


Types of Dentures

  • Traditional Dentures: Traditional dentures replace all of the teeth on an arch and sit on the gum tissue. They stay in place using gravity or suction and patients remove them at night while they sleep.
  • Partial Dentures: Partial dentures use any remaining healthy teeth as an anchor, fitting over them into their place on the gum tissue. The healthy teeth are saved from potentially drifting or not being adequately stimulated for the bone to remain healthy. Partial dentures are handcrafted by dental technicians to match your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless look.
  • Immediate Dentures: Dentists create immediate dentures prior to an extraction appointment. This allows you to wear your dentures out of your dentist’s office and gives the denture the opportunity to act as a kind of band-aid while the extraction sites heal.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: Implant-supported dentures use dental implants placed throughout the arch to hold a denture in place. The denture is usually permanent, non-removable, and considered to be the closest to a natural smile that dentists can provide for patients with missing teeth.

For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Shanean Anderson at Smile Sculptors of Wake Forest in Wake Forest, NC. Call (919) 825-1795 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Anderson today!

By Shanean Michelle Anderson, DDS, PA
November 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Do you want the best tooth replacement to fill your smile gap? You could be a great candidate for a dental implant, today's strongest and longest-lasting dental prosthetic. At Smile Sculptors of Wake Forest in Wake Forest, NC, your dentist, Dr. Shanean Michelle Anderson, places these titanium devices and then restores them with metal posts and realistic porcelain crowns. Learn the details here.

Dental prosthetics

Dental patients used to have just a few options to replace missing teeth--fixed bridgework, a partial denture or full dentures. All have their drawbacks, and none of them preserve jaw bone integrity. So, once teeth were lost, gums and bone would deteriorate in both vertical and horizontal dimensions.

Now, however, dental implants feature superior bone-preserving qualities because they are composed of titanium and are inserted directly into the bone. Through osseointegration, human bone wraps around the titanium implant screw, strengthening the jaw and improving gum tissue. Other tooth replacements cannot do this. Dental implants support bridges and dentures, too.

Can you receive dental implants?

If you are a healthy adult or teen whose jaw has stopped growing, you probably can. Just confer with your Wake Forest, MC, dentist. She'll examine your teeth and gums, review your medical history and X-ray your jaws to ensure you have sufficient bone.

Then, Dr. Anderson will proceed with a treatment plan to include dental implant placement. Whether you need to replace one or multiple teeth, count on Dr. Anderson's knowledge and skill for accurate and comfortable placement and restoration of your implant devices.

Are implants hard to care for?

If you brush twice a day and floss daily, you and your implants will do just fine. If you smoke, consider quitting because tobacco can cause a serious infection of the gums and bone surrounding dental implants. Finally, be sure you see Dr. Anderson every six months for your cleanings and check-ups, and of course, if you have any concerns about your beautiful new teeth, call the office right away.

Get that complete and healthy smile

Dental implants could be your solution to smile gaps. Call Smile Sculptors of Wake Forest n Wake Forest, NC today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson. Talk about your tooth replacement choices, and make an informed decision. Phone (919) 825-1795.

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