What Is Laser Dentistry?

Affordable Rockwall Tooth Whitening The word “LASER” is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A laser device emits a powerful, highly-concentrated beam of light. (Didn’t we all love the amazing laser weapons in ‘Star Wars?’) Lasers are used in hundreds of applications in almost every Texas industry including communications, researching, manufacturing, entertainment, and medicine.

Lasers are now used in some technologically-advanced Rockwall dental practices on both hard (tooth) and soft (gum) tissue. Lasers allow Rockwall cosmetic dentists a degree of precision that was previously impossible.

How do lasers benefit dental patients?

  • Fewer stitches (some surgical procedures require no sutures)
  • Shorter healing time
  • Decreased chance of infection
  • Less damage to surrounding tissue/bone
  • Increased patient comfort – anesthesia is often unnecessary

Heath,McLendon-Chisholm dentists use lasers in crown lengthening, decay detection, bacteria removal in root canals, gum recontouring, biopsy, lesion removal, and tooth whitening.

If you are interested in any of these procedures, call Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A at 469-402-0024. dentist Karen Williamson has been providing unsurpassed general and cosmetic dentistry since 1993.

The latest dental technology is useless without the skill and experience necessary to deliver the best possible outcomes. Let us show you some photos of the results we routinely achieve at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall.

Your Dental Home

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 Is Lurking Under Your Gumline?

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Your overall dental health depends on healthy teeth and gums. Along with regular checkups at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, regular brushing and flossing helps keep everything in good shape.

You already know how to brush your teeth, of course, but there are best practices you may not be aware of. Bearing in mind that there is always room to improve, we offer up these tips:

  • Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle with the bristle tips aimed at the line where the tooth and gum meet.
  • Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles.
  • Get all over your teeth: the front and the sides, inside and out, and the tops.
  • Use fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Use dental floss!

Remember, poor brushing and flossing allows plaque to build up on your teeth, and in between. This puts you at risk for gum disease. Regular brushing and flossing, done properly, is the best way to prevent plaque from building up.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall our family dentistry helps patients from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate enjoy excellent dental health. They also come to our practice for dental implants, and much more. Call us to schedule your next checkup 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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Your Dentist Does A Lot More Than Fill Cavities

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At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we are a primary care dental provider, a role that we take very seriously. When you come in for your regular checkup we will give you a thorough examination and cleaning to ensure you have good dental health.

There are nearly 150,000 dentists practicing in North America (someone really does keep track), and most of them are general or family dentists. That means you can turn to us for a wide range of services, including matters related to overall health. The link between your dental health and general health is well-established.

Other available services include:

  • Prevention. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. With daily brushing and flossing at home and regular checkups with us, you can prevent tooth decay. Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime!
  • Restoration. Even with good care, things can go wrong. If we find a problem we can treat it. The most common is filling a cavity, but we can repair a chipped tooth and treat gum disease, too. There are other advanced procedures available, like root canal therapy.
  • Cosmetic dentistry. Has your smile lost its luster? We can transform your smile with a range of cosmetic procedures, from teeth whitening to porcelain veneers.

Just how important are regular checkups? If your eyes are the window to your soul, the mouth is a window into your overall health. We can detect health problems in other parts of the body.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we provide complete family dentistry. People from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate also come to our office for dental implants, and much more. Call to 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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The Mark Of The Perfect Dentist

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Looking for a new dentist? It’s easy to find one. A quick Google search, a Yelp review or two, and you’ll have a short list of possibilities. The trick, of course, is finding the right dentist –one you’re happy with, and will stick with for years to come. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we’re proud to have lots of happy patients and positive online reviews.

Are there certain qualities you should you look for? Many factors come into play. Do you choose the dentist nearest your home? By experience and education? Or maybe because a friend recommended the practice?

What To Look For

It may not be an exact science. But here are some of the things we think you should look for when trying to find a dentist:

  • A Good Listener. Whether it’s a general dentist, a pediatric dentist, or some other specialty, a good dentist will listen to your concerns and address any issues you might raise.
  • Sharing Information. A good dentist is always ready to explain what’s going on with your dental health. Any issues you might have should be explained in plain English.
  • Conservative. Not every smile needs to be corrected; not every cavity needs to be filled right away. A good dentist will take a conservative approach to treatment, and always do what is best for you.
  • Continuing Education. Dentistry is complex, and always changing. A good dentist is committed to staying on top of innovations and developments. A desire and willingness to improve is a trait to look for.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we want all our patients to be happy with our work, and strive for excellence in dentistry every single day. Our patients come from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate  for our family and restorative dentistry. We would love to see you in our office for a cleaning and checkup soon!

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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6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

Most people visit the dentist about once each year. As many as forty percent of Americans see their dentist less often; some go as long as five years between visits! At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we recommend a checkup every six months.

Here are six great reasons to visit us more frequently.

1. Oral Cancer Detection

That’s right: cancer detection. Not many people think about the risk of getting cancer in their mouth or throat. Patients with oral cancer have a far better prognosis when it’s detected early. Note that tobacco users have a substantially higher risk of developing oral cancer.

2. Cavity Damage

Unfortunately, almost everyone gets cavities. If cavities are caught when they are small, they aren’t difficult (or pricey) to fix.

The problem comes when they aren’t discovered early and the damage requires a serious fix. Cavities are one of the reasons many people avoid the dentist. Getting a tooth filled used to be painful. Not anymore.

3. Gum Disease

Gum health is a part of an overall dental health. We will check your gums and treat gum disease, if need be.

4. Bad Habits

Bad habits can have a negative influence on your oral health. Smoking, poor diet, biting nails and clenching teeth are among the more common. It helps to have an experienced professional to help you deal with habits so they don’t become destructive.

5. Deeper Problems

X-ray technology allows us to detect potential problems before they become visible. Many issues can be fixed before damage occurs.

6. More Than Just Teeth

We are concerned about more than your teeth. We care about your overall physical health, and are trained in the anatomy around your mouth, including your neck, throat, lymph nodes and head. We always check for signs of trouble.

But we never lose sight of your dental health; at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, that’s what it’s all about. We offer complete family dentistry. People from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate also come to us for sleep apnea treatment, and much more. Schedule your next checkup 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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How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

Have you replaced your toothbrush lately? You don’t have to answer that. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we recommend replacing your toothbrush every three months.

Too many people wait too long to get a new toothbrush, which can be bad for their dental health. It’s one of the reasons why most dentists hand out free ones at every checkup.

Of course, you don’t need to mark your calendar or set up an alert on your smartphone. How often you replace your toothbrush depends on how often you use it. We recommend, strongly, that you brush at least twice a day. If you’re brushing twice a day, picking up a new toothbrush at the store every three months is recommended.

Why So Often?

A toothbrush can become familiar, like a comfy pair of shoes. Sometimes the idea of tossing out the old one and replacing it isn’t very appealing. But after three months, the bristles are getting bent and frayed. There may be some gunk – dried toothpaste foam – starting to build up, too. Yuk. So toss that old brush, and get a fresh one!

What kind of brush should you be using? There are so many choices. The most important thing is to choose a brush with soft bristles. They are gentle on the gums, but still effective in brushing away plaque.

To recap: for good dental health, replace your toothbrush every three months. Patients from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall for family dentistry and dental implants, and much more. Schedule your next checkup 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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Soft, Medium, Or Buzz Lightyear?

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At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, patients sometimes ask us how they should go about choosing a toothbrush. Picking this most basic dental health tool can be as hard as choosing a paint color, and there seem to be just as many choices.

The most important consideration for a toothbrush is soft bristles. We recommend them for everyone: from our youngest patients to the oldest. Soft bristles are gentle on your gums, but are still rigid enough to brush away plaque and food debris from teeth. Remember to use a light touch as you brush, so that the bristles don’t bend.

Tooth enamel is extremely sensitive, and it can wear down over time. Using a hard bristled brush can scratch it. That’s also why you should use a light touch as you brush.

If your child shows any resistance to brushing, get them involved by letting them choose their own brush. There are lots to choose from at the store, including brushes with just about any cartoon character you can think of. The important thing is to settle on one with the ADA seal of approval.

Brushing your teeth twice a day is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. (So is flossing, but we’ll save that topic for another blog post.)

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we offer complete family dentistry services. People from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate also come to us for restorative dentistry, and much more. 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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Raise Your Dental IQ

Raise Your Dental IQ

Little things you can do every day can raise your Dental IQ and benefit your smile. One simple lesson from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall involves bacteria, and everyone’s mouth has a lot of it.

But don’t worry, bacteria per se isn’t the problem. The critical thing is the balance of bacteria. This is where brushing and flossing come into play. Brush and floss properly each day and you will have a better chance of keeping the appropriate balance.

Other precautions you can take:

  • Make sure to wash your hands before you brush and floss. No exceptions!
  • Keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible. (Also, close the lid of the toilet before you flush!)
  • Replace that toothbrush. When it comes to your toothbrush, don’t get sentimental. Get a new one every three to four months.

If you can avoid the unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you can avoid gum disease, tooth decay, as well as bad breath.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. We offer complete general dentistry, and patients from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate improve their smiles with out cosmetic dentistry and much more. 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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Help Me, I’m Afraid Of The Dentist!

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If you fear going to the dentist, you are far from alone. You may be among the millions of Americans coping with dental anxiety, or even phobia. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we don’t want you or anyone else putting their dental health at risk by avoiding regular checkups and cleanings. Sedation dentistry may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Sedation dentistry means using nitrous oxide to put you in a state of relaxation so you can get the care you deserve. Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous works quickly and wears off quickly. It is very effective.

Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a century. It may or may not make you laugh, but should relax you enough for your appointment.

Sedation dentistry from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall can get anxious patients through their appointments so they can maintain good dental health. People throughout Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate also come to our practice for completee  family dentistry, and much more. Call our office to 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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A Noteworthy Dental Experience

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At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we make every checkup a noteworthy experience with our attention to detail, and committment to each patient’s dental health.

Good dental health means having healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining it is something that you have to work at every day. It can be a real balancing act: using the right oral care products, your personal oral care habits, and regular checkups.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  • 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. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. There is a myriad of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It is 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 us twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist. A professional teeth cleaning alone is worth the trip, but we can also identify issues before they become serious, and treat them.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we want every checkup to be a noteworthy experience. People from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to us for general and restorative dentistry, and more. Schedule your next checkup 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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