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Quirky Dental Facts That May Surprise You

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At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall TX, we provide the highest standard of dental care. But in this blog post, we share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

  • Many dental patients are aware that before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. But did you know that blacksmiths also moonlighted as dentists?1 How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?
  • The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems. That’s a grill with major bling
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools. (Not a very pleasant image, right?)
  • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material. (“Mom, my toothbrush smells like bacon!”)
  • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.3 There is no evidence that it actually worked and it is unknown if the same remedy was used by donkeys.
  • Every person’s tongue is unique – just like a fingerprint.
  • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.

At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall TX, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find quality dental care and our friendly team of dental professionals. Our services include general and cosmetic 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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Gum Health Affects Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

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At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A. in Rockwall, we are concerned not only with the condition of your mouth, but also with how it affects your overall health and well-being. This post looks at the connection between dental health, diabetes, and gum disease.

Scientists have known for quite some time that people with diabetes have higher rates of gum disease. Maintaining proper blood glucose levels is the key to minimizing the risk of gum disease and related issues for those affected.

Additional research is exploring the reverse relationship. In other words, whether poor oral health increases the risk of developing diabetes. Findings from a long-term study suggests that it does.

“We found that over two decades of follow-up, individuals who had periodontal disease were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life when compared to individuals without periodontal disease.” -Ryan T. Demmer, PhD, MPH1

Additional trials are exploring how tooth and gum health bumps the ability of diabetics to manage the disease.

“Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.”2

If you have diabetes, it is important that you see a dentist regularly and are dedicated to daily oral hygiene, proper nutrition, and other vital practices. Additionally, your success in controlling your blood glucose levels will improve your oral health and vice-versa.

If you don’t have a dentist and live in Rockwall or the greater Rockwall area, call the team at Karen Williamson DDS, PA. We offer gum disease treatment, and comprehensive dental health care. 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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Dental Crowns At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A In Rockwall

Dental Crowns at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in RockwallDental crowns have been used in dentistry for over 2000 years. Those ancient crowns are a far cry from what we use today, at Karen E. Williamson DDS in Rockwall.

There is evidence that the Etruscans experimented with crowns on teeth using ivory and bone as early as 700 B.C. By 200 A.D., they began using gold crowns to construct artificial teeth. Ancient Egyptians fashioned tooth replacements out of seashells and then hammered them into their gums. (Oral sedation, anyone?)

Porcelain crowns were first used in the 1800s. With the refining of metal casting methods in the 1900s, crown dentistry advanced significantly.

Today, crowns are strong, comfortable and are made to match your surrounding teeth.

Dental crowns (also called caps) cover the entire visible portion of the tooth and are cemented in place. Crowns are used to strengthen teeth that have been worn down or weakened by decay or injury. Crowns are also used to restore the original shape of a tooth or solely to improve the appearance of a tooth.

The most common types of crowns are:

  • All-porcelain (ceramic)
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • Gold

If you suspect you need a crown, want to replace an old crown, or want to learn about other cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Karen E. Williamson DDS in Rockwall. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make 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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The Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

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This message from Karen E. Williamson DDS in Rockwall focuses on missing teeth, bone health, and the promise of dental implants.

Our teeth have many important functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to loosen. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

Bone Metabolism

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes, kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is consistently regenerating itself. This essential process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulates this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

People with missing teeth not only have an unattractive gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness—it poses serious health perils. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get appropriate nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence or withdraws from social situations because they are self-conscious about their smile.

Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession

Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology delivers a tooth restoration solution that preserves healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For individuals missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for dentures.

To find out more about dental implants, call Karen E. Williamson DDS in Rockwall for a consultation. We also provide general dentistry.

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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Teeth Whitening: What The ADA Has To Say

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When a cosmetic dentistry procedure such as teeth whitening becomes popular, it’s natural to want to experience the dramatic results for yourself. Teeth whitening is available from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall.

Because informed decisions are the best decisions, we believe you should know what the American Dental Association has to say about teeth whitening. The ADA advises patients to speak with with their dentist before starting any bleaching regimen.

An oral examination will help us know if teeth whitening is for you. This is especially essential when you have dark stains on your teeth or multiple crowns and/or fillings.

You may choose to have your teeth whitened at your dentist’s office. In-office teeth whitening procedures take much less time than at-home whitening, but it’s critical to find out which procedure is right for you.

Also, if you are shopping for whitening tooth products, be sure to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Along with teeth whitening, there are many other cosmetic dentistry procedures available at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA. These will help you achieve the sensational smile you want. Call our office in Rockwall TX to find out more.

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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Amazing Dental Implants

Cosmetic DentistryDental implants are the prime tooth replacement available to individuals who are missing teeth, and they are available from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall.

A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) post inserted into the bone to replace the missing root. The crown and supporting structure are securely and permanently attached to the post. Titanium is amazingly sturdy and extremely well tolerated by the human body. There are very few instances of rejection.

Dental implants offer a long-term solution to tooth loss. Are you a good candidate for tooth implant surgery?

Because the metal rod is anchored into the jaw bone, it is vital that you have enough healthy bone at the implant site. dentist Williamson can determine if you do. Age is rarely a factor. Dental implants have proved to be successful for individuals of all ages.

There are a few health concerns that may affect your eligibility for implants. These include diabetes, osteoporosis, radiation therapy for cancer, parathyroid disorders, bone disorders and leukemia. The presence of one or more of these does not necessarily mean an implant cannot work for you.

Discuss any health problems with us at Karen E. Wiliamson DDS PA in Rockwall during your implant consultation. We also provide general dentistry.

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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Have Your Dessert!

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Few people can abstain from sweets altogether. Your dentist in Rockwall TX would like you to know that eating sweets at certain times is better for your teeth than others.

For instance, when you eat a full meal, your saliva production increases. Saliva rinses food fragments off of teeth and helps neutralize acids.

This is great news for dessert lovers because it means that sweets consumed after meals have a lower risk to your teeth because your mouth is already in a better condition for cleaning. Sweets eaten with a meal are preferable to sugary treats eaten alone.

Additionally, remember that the type of treat is as vital as when you eat it. At Karen E. Williamson DDS, we are constantly reminding our dental patients that sticky candies stay on teeth for a long time, even when saliva is flowing. And hard candies that you suck for an extended time give bacteria a perfect environment to create harmful enamel-weakening acids.

The team at Karen E Williamson DDS in Rockwall TX reminds you to choose wisely! We provide family and cosmetic 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

 


Dental Specialties Available In Rockwall

Dental Specialties Available In Rockwall

General dentists in the Rockwall area, such as Karen E. Williamson DDS, are trained in a wide variety of dental procedures. However, sometimes, we will refer you to a specialist, or include a specialist as part of your treatment team.

Following are some of the most common dental specialties found in the Rockwall area:

Endodontists
Endodontists in Rockwall specialize in root canal therapy and other procedures involving the root and surrounding parts of the tooth.

Periodontists
Periodontists practicing in the Rockwall area treat the conditions affecting gum tissue and the bone surrounding the teeth. If you have gingivitis or more advanced periodontal disease, you may be referred to a periodontist in Rockwall.

Prosthodontists
Repairing damaged teeth and replacing lost teeth for Rockwall patients is called ‘restorative dentistry’. Prosthodontists have advanced training in procedures involving crowns, dental implants, bridges, veneers, inlays, and partial or complete dentures.

Pediatric Dentists
Infants, young children and teenagers in the Rockwall area have different dental needs than adults. Pediatric Dentists undergo additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of dental diseases affecting the youngest population in Rockwall.

Oral Surgeons
Oral Surgeons serving the Rockwall area perform surgical procedures involving the teeth, mouth and jaw. These include dental implants, surgery to repair damage due to injury, tumor surgery, and cleft lip and palate reconstruction.

If you are interested in learning more about these specialties, or have a concern regarding your oral health, please visit us at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

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

907-290-5452

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 


Do You Love Your Smile?

Rockwall Cosmetic DentistryThe people who seem happiest with their smiles have healthy, straight teeth that sparkle when they laugh. If nature didn’t bless you with attractive teeth, Karen E. Williamson DDS in Rockwall reminds you that you are not alone. Chances are most of those perfect smiles you see, had a little help along the way. They are probably the result of cosmetic dentistry.

At Karen Williamson DDS we provide the state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry that delivers dazzling, flawless smiles. We treat patients from 1 to 100. You are never too young or too old to improve your smile; but it will definitely make you feel younger!

Two common smile problems are yellow enamel and chipped teeth.

Discolored Teeth

Few Rockwall people have pearly white smiles that stay that way forever. Even with consistent brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings, our teeth darken as we age. Fortunately, the most affordable Rockwall cosmetic dentistry procedure is teeth whitening. Picture yourself with a celebrity-caliber smile. It is possible at Karen E Williamson D.D.S.

Damaged Teeth

Our teeth work hard for us day after day, year after year. Sometimes they get chipped or cracked in the process. We use porcelain veneers every day to remedy tooth trauma.

If you have never been eager to show your teeth when you smile or laugh, now is the time to change that. Call Karen E Williamson D.D.S. to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation.

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

 


Smile Makeovers: First Things First

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In this post, the team at Karen W. Williamson DDS in Rockwall TX will focus on something that happens occasionally when a patient requests cosmetic dentistry.

Let us set the stage. The patient comes in for a consultation about a smile makeover. We’ll call him Mr. Jones. The dentist listens carefully as he explains the esthetic problems that he wants to remedy. Mr. Jones wants to fix two chipped teeth, get a dental implant for a tooth that is missing altogether, and whiten his whole smile. He describes what he envisions for his smile after undergoing treatment.

The dentist performs an examination of his entire mouth and takes x-rays. The dentist discovers some additional troubles. There are three teeth with moderate decay, one tooth with severe decay, gum disease, an old crown with a crack in it, and severe bone recession at the potential dental implant site where the tooth was extracted ten years ago.

The dentist explains that these troubles need to be addressed before the cosmetic dental smile makeover is performed. Mr. Jones says that the smile makeover is his first priority and plans to deal with the other problems sometime in the future.

How does the dentist advise Mr. Jones? The dentist will probably explain that the lasting success of a cosmetic dental procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or tooth whitening is influenced by the condition of the mouth at the time of treatment. There must be a solid, healthy foundation, so to speak, on which to build the smile makeover.

First things first. It makes no sense to attach a veneer to a decayed tooth that may need a root canal. A dental implant may not integrate with the surrounding bone structure if placed at a site where there is bone recession. Tooth whitening will probably not produce favorable results where there is gum disease and exposed tooth roots.

Can Mr. Jones ever have his dream smile? Yes! There are treatments to repair all of his issues. But just like many other things in life, the order of operations is critical.

If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry or simply need a check-up, schedule an appointment with Karen E. Williamson DDS in Rockwall TX. We also provide general dentistry.

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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