Avoid Bone Deterioration Following Extraction

Rockwall Jaw Bone DeteriorationIn this post from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we will talk about jaw bone health.

To remain strong and vital, your jaw bone needs to be stimulated by the pressure of chewing, biting, and talking. Each tooth has a root structure the extends into the surrounding bone material. As each tooth absorbs the forces of everyday mouth function, it stimulates blood flow in the bone surrounding the root.

When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone that surrounded the original root structure begins to recede. This can affect adjacent teeth, which can begin to move toward the new gap. It can also lead to a sagging appearance in the patient’s face.

Fortunately, dental implants can prevent all this. Implants are titanium posts inserted into the jaw where the original root was. The titanium fuses to the bone to provide a solid base for an artificial tooth.

A single implant can support one artificial tooth. Several can support a bridge or full dental arch.

Dental implants have been called one of the great advances in dentistry. Implants are among the restorative dentistry options available at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall. Call our office today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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Call Them What You Will, Just Keep Them Healthy

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Chompers. Pearly Whites. Dents. Gnashers. Grill. Call them what you like, but at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we remind you to never change a well-established dental health routine.

Practicing daily oral hygiene will improve your health now and in the future. You’ll prevent tooth decay, plaque, and gum disease, not to mention bad breath.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended.
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration when you choose toothpaste. It’s your best defense against cavities.
  • Limiting sugary and acidic foods. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee contributes to enamel erosion. Sugar converts into acid when it’s in your mouth. You don’t have to avoid these foods entirely, but choose carefully and minimize.
  • Seeing the dentist twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care is essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, your dental health is important. Services include family and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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Treat Your Smile To A Healthy Diet

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Proper nutrition can benefit you in many ways: increased energy, improved immunity, glowing skin, mental clarity, and a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we ask: how often do you examine how your diet impacts your dental health?

Your diet can influence your risk of cavities, enamel health, and gum condition. Healthy foods provide an environment that can prohibit inflammation and infection. Vegetables, fruits, legumes, and nuts are the prime choices for oral health. Calcium-fortified beverages, milk, and other dairy products provide vitamins, minerals, and calcium that helps with keeping teeth, bones, and gums healthy. Eating crispy fruits and vegetables, such as apples and celery, will help clean your teeth and gums.

A healthy diet contains all the vital vitamins and minerals, and the most important mineral for teeth is fluoride – especially for children. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in, therefore adequate fluoride is critical.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, services include general and restorative dentistry. Call our office to shedule your next appointment today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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What If My Child Loses Their Baby Teeth Too Early?

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This post from Karen E. Williamspon DDS PA in Rockwall is about primary teeth, also known as baby teeth.

Primary teeth are essential. Your child needs them to speak, and of course, to eat. Those little teeth also preserve space for the permanent teeth to come in when kids get a little older.

When young children lose their baby teeth a long time before their permanent teeth erupt, it can influence tooth spacing.

Artifical Space Maintainers Keep Teeth From Shifting

In some cases, we may recommend an artificial space maintainer to keep the remaining baby teeth in place. This ensures that there will be enough space for the permanent teeth to come in.

We’ll remove the artificial space maintainer when it is no longer needed.

When Is It ‘Too Early’ Or ‘Too Late’ For Baby Teeth To Fall Out?

If your child’s baby teeth loosen and come out before they are four and a half, come see us about it. It’s important to examine your child and take X-rays. It’s also important to check for any related medical issues.

If your son or daughter hasn’t lost any teeth by 7 or 8 years old, it may also indicate a problem. Hopefully, you are already maintaining a twice-yearly dental visit schedule for your son or daughter. If not, we recommend that you start.

Regular dental exams allow us to monitor your son or daughter’s oral development. There’s a lot going on (seen and unseen) in little mouths!

At Karen E. Willismson DDS PA in Rockwall, we offer a wide range of family and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment for your child, or yourself, today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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Why Is Dry Mouth Risky For Your Teeth?

Why Is Dry Mouth Dangerous For Rockwall Dental Patients?In this blog post from Karen E Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we are going to talk about dry mouth, an unpleasant condition that can impact oral health.

Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a common problem, especially among older adults. However, people of all ages experience the symptoms of dry mouth at one time or another. These include a dry, red tongue, difficulty swallowing, and persistent sore throat.

Sometimes dry mouth is caused by a disease or infection, but a more common cause is prescription medications.

Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.

Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage. Adequate saliva is required to keep the mouth lubricated, wash the food from teeth, and neutralize the acidic environment caused by plaque. Extensive cavities can occur in the absence of saliva for dental patients with chronic dry mouth.

If you experience dry mouth, tell us at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall. Our services include family and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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5 Critical Oral Cancer Facts

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At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall, we urge our patients to come in twice a year for a dental exam. There’s more to it than checking for new cavities.

If you skip twice-yearly dental checkups because you don’t believe you have any cavities, perhaps getting an oral cancer screening is a more convincing reason for regular checkups.

In the last few decades, lung and breast cancer have drawn a lot of public attention. There is relatively less awareness of oral cancer even though it claims almost 10,000 lives every year in the United States. If you smoke or have become infected with HPV, you have an increased risk for developing oral cancer.

Here are 5 vital things to know about oral (mouth) and oropharyngeal (back of mouth and throat) cancers.

  1. About 80% of men and women with oral cancer use some type of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes).
  2. 40% of people who receive late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer pass away within five years. The survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.
  3. In many cases, it is hardly possible for the individual to detect oral and oropharyngeal cancers because they can produce unobtrusive symptoms or no symptoms at all. Any abnormality in the mouth or throat, even if small and painless, should be analyzed by a qualified health care professional.
  4. HPV (the most frequent sexually transmitted disease in the US) is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. Of the copious strains of HPV, HPV16 is the one most often linked to oropharyngeal cancer.
  5. Black males have a higher risk of dying from oral cancer than whites.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, oral cancer screenings are part of every checkup. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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Look And Feel Better With Cosmetic Dentistry

Affordable Rockwall Family DentistryCosmetic dentistry from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall can not only improve your smile, it can improve your dental health and take years off your appearance. In addition, it can help with TMJ issues, and it definitely boosts your self-esteem!

What’s more, cosmetic dentistry is surprisingly speedy and virtually pain-free.

If you have teeth that are decayed or otherwise damaged, there are many remedies. Porcelain crowns, inlays, onlays, dental bonding, and veneers are some of the effective procedures available. What if a tooth is missing entirely? A dental implant is a complete restoration.

At Karen E Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we deliver dental miracles every day. Services include cosmetic and family dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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Eating Got You Down?

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People who are missing teeth know it can make chewing difficult and painful. If you are looking at dental implants and wonder whether they are right for you, come see us at Karen E.Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall.

Dental implants are usually the best permanent tooth replacement for anyone whose missing teeth make it hard to chew and eat.

Why are they best? Dental implants look and function like natural teeth. Recipients say implants are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.

Strictly speaking, a dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw. It fuses with the bone to provide a solid support. One implant can support one artificial tooth, while multiple implants can support a bridge or even dentures.

Sound too good to be true! It isn’t! If you have missing teeth, come see us about dental implants at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall. We have a wide range of restorative dentistry services. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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Gum Disease And Tooth Loss

Do you know that the most common cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? The good news is that at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, gum disease is easy to treat when it is detected in the early stages.

Regular check-ups are important, but there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.

  1. Gums that bleed frequently
  2. Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  3. A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly
  4. Detached gums
  5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
  6. Loose or separating teeth

No amount of brushing and flossing will remove tartar from your teeth. It takes a professional cleaning to remove it, which is why we want to see our patients twice a year.

The type of treatment a patient gets for gum disease depends on the extent of the condition. Part of the treatment might include behavioral changes. And it is essential that the patient adopts good daily dental care.

The unfortunate truth is that anyone can get gum disease. But there is always hope; the earlier it is detected, the sooner treatment can begin. Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall provides gum disease treatment, as well as restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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The Ultimate Anti-Aging Treatment

Rockwall Pediatric DentistryWishing for a whiter smile but not sure how to get it? At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall, we educate patients on the variety of teeth whitening services, from whitening trays to teeth bleaching. We do smile brightening every day.

Toothpaste Can’t Erase All Stains

Almost every toothpaste claims to lighten teeth, but as we age our teeth gradually turn yellow or gray, despite all the whitening toothpastes we use. Tooth enamel, while one of the toughest substances in the body, is porous. Over time, the food and drinks that come in contact with our teeth result in staining and discoloration. You probably have already noticed that a toothbrush cannot clean these microscopic pores.

Powerful Peroxide

Carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are the two main smile whitening substances. They can penetrate the outer layer of your teeth to clear away the build-up and help restore the previous color.

Call Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall to schedule an appointment and we will explain the difference between these teeth whitening ingredients and how they may impact your smile whitening results. We offer a full  range of cosmetic dentistry services. Call today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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