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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What’s On Your Dental Wish List?

What Is On Your Dental Wish List?

How would you like to improve your smile? At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we use cosmetic dentistry and other procedures to improve smiles every day. If you’re not satisfied with your smile, rest assured there is a procedure for you.

Here is a sampling of what we can do to improve your smile:

  • Teeth whitening. Is there anyone who doesn’t want whiter teeth? Professional teeth whitening surpasses any product you can buy at the store, leaving you with gleaming teeth and a fabulous smile.
  • Porcelain veneers. Medical-grade porcelain are custom-fit to your teeth. They cover chips, cracks, gaps, and other imperfections. They aren’t permanent, but when properly cared for will last about ten to fifteen years.
  • Dental implants. These marvels of modern dentistry are titanium posts inserted into your jaw, where they fuse with the bone. An artificial tooth is mounted onto the post. Implants look and function like natural teeth.
  • Crowns. Crowns are often placed on top of a decayed tooth, or after a root canal or other procedure. They protect and stabilize what is left of the original tooth. They too look and function like a natural tooth.

These and other procedures can restore the appearance and functionality of your teeth.

So what’s on your dental wish list? At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we offer a wide range of cosmetic and general dentistry procedures. Call our office to schedule an appointment.

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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Think Before You Pierce

The Dangers of Oral PiercingIf you are considering piercing your lip or tongue, this post from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall is for you. Please consider the following:

Infection
Your mouth is full of bacteria. Any opening in the tissue carries the risk of infection. The germs from your tongue and mouth can easily get into your bloodstream. Dentists and doctors are continually treating acute infections caused by oral piercings. Oral infections can be a real problem and should be a major consideration before getting an oral piercing.

Tooth Damage
It should come as no surprise that having a piece of metal bang around in your mouth can easily damage tooth enamel. Though tooth enamel is amazingly strong, once it’s chipped or cracked, it can only be restored with artificial material. Fortunately, we offer many tooth restoration options, but our advice is to avoid the problem if you can.

Prolonged Bleeding and Swelling
The blood vessels in the tongue are often damaged when the tongue is pierced, causing prolonged bleeding and possible build-up of scar tissue. In some extreme cases, the tongue swells up enough to block the airway.

Gum Recession
A number of periodontal disease studies have shown that wearing oral jewelry is linked to periodontal disease which can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease can cause gum recession which exposes the root of your teeth, potentially causing hypersensitivity and pain. Again, our advice is to avoid the issue right from the start.

These are just a few of the dangers or oral piercings. At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall we can give you more information about the risks of oral piercings. 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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The Future Of Tooth Decay

The Future Of Tooth Decay In Rockwall

You may wonder what would happen if you didn’t seek regular dental care from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall. The answer isn’t pretty.

A common result of untreated cavities are abscesses. An abscess is an infection near the root of the tooth or between the gum and the tooth. This collection of pus can be very uncomfortable, either causing a shooting pain or a dull throbbing pain. You may also experience bad breath, fever, swollen neck glands, and feelings of general discomfort associated with the infection.

Tooth abscesses can also be caused by a chip or a crack in the tooth that allows bacteria to enter.

With daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups and cleanings, you can keep your mouth in peak health.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, the dental health of our patients is our number one priority. We advise each one to maintain a good dental care routine at home, and see us for checkups every six months. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call for 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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The Wow Factor

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At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we continue to achieve fantastic results with our cosmetic dentistry smile makeovers. If the term “cosmetic dentistry” is unfamiliar to you, it’s a type of dental care that focuses on improving the appearance of your mouth and teeth, and how they come together in your smile.

There are a number of common cosmetic dentistry procedures available. The most popular are teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

Teeth whitening can transform your smile in ways that far surpass any whitening product you’ll find at the grocery store. We use Zoom! and Ultradent in-office whitening systems. We also offer a highly effective take-home kit that you can do in the privacy and convenience of home.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade porcelain that are affixed to the front of your teeth. They are great for covering chips and cracks that detract from your smile.

Clear braces from Invisalign can straighten your teeth without the bother of metal brackets. They’re worn like an athlete’s mouth guard, and are so subtle that people standing just a few feet away might not realize you’re wearing them. Best of all, they can be removed at mealtime and when you brush your teeth.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, our cosmetic dentistry will leave you saying “Wow!” We also offer a wide range of general dentistry services. Schedule your next cleaning and 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 Do You Change Your 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, and that can be bad for 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 a reminder 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 Replace It 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 going to be bent and frayed. There may be some gunk – dried toothpaste foam – starting to build up, too. 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.

Manual or Electric?

Should you use a manual toothbrush, or go electric? This boils down to personal preference. Provided you use them correctly, both do a good job cleaning your teeth. A manual toothbrush may take a little longer, and requires you to be sure to brush up and down and in little circles. But they’re a lot cheaper! At the end of the day, though, the choice is yours.

Electric toothbrushes are a tremendous benefit to those with issues like arthritis. There are two basic types: a regular electric toothbrush, and a sonic toothbrush. A sonic toothbrush is essentially a super-charged electric brush. They can give you up to thirty thousand brush strokes per minute!

To recap: for good dental health, the important thing is to change your toothbrush every three months. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we offer family and cosmetic dentistry. 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


Lighten Up!

Lighten Up In RockwallThis article from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall is for people with stained teeth. Do you think yours are too stained for teeth whitening to have any effect? Think again.

There are two types of teeth stains: intrinsic and extrinsic stains. Extrinsic stains are on the surface of teeth, and are caused by dark colored foods and drinks, smoking, and normal aging.

Intrinsic stains form on the inside but can be seen from the outside. Tetracycline, excessive fluoride, trauma, and aging can cause intrinsic staining for unfortunate people. Though these stains are harder to remove, many patients with intrinsic staining can whiten their teeth with take-home whitening kits. The process often takes longer, but with persistence, intrinsic stains can be lightened.

We use professional-strength whitening agents that penetrate deep within tooth enamel to whiten even the toughest stains. Professional teeth whitening far surpasses anything you can buy at the store.

For the whitest smile, call us at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, and ask about teeth whitening. It’s just one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we make available. 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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All About Toothpaste

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we urge all of our patients to brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. This very good habit is the single most important thing you can do to maintain your dental health.

What kind of toothpaste should you use? There is no one-size-fits-all product on the market. One patient might be interested in whitening toothpaste, and another may need something for sensitive teeth.

So Many Choices!

There’s an almost bewildering selection of toothpastes in the oral care section of any grocery store, from those aimed at children to so-called natural toothpastes. You want to make the best choice for your teeth, but it isn’t always easy to make up your mind.

Different types of toothpastes have specific active ingredients that make them work. Fluoride is by far the most important thing to look for. But there are many other ingredients; what follows is a rundown of the more common ones.

  • Detergents. Sodium lauryl sulfate is nearly ubiquitous, not only in toothpaste, but in other personal care products like shampoo. (Sometimes it’s called Sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl ether sulfate. It’s the stuff that makes products foamy. Some people are sensitive to it, and some consumer advocacy groups say it can be hazardous. There are toothpastes that don’t have it.
  • Whiteners. The most common toothpaste whitener is hydrogen peroxide, but there are others, like polyphosphates. While they do a modest job whitening teeth, many experts agree that the whitening agents aren’t strong enough, or in contact with the teeth long enough, to do a really good job. To get really white teeth, try professional whitening from a dentist.
  • Desensitizers. Some people’s teeth are more sensitive to hot and cold foods than others. And some are more tactile-sensitive. Used on a regular basis, desensitizing toothpastes can be very effective, but it’s a good idea to get a dentist’s recommendation first.
  • Plaque fighters. A toothpaste ingredient called triclosan is believed to fight plaque and gum inflammation. While it seemed promising at first more recent studies indicate triclosan may contribute to antibiotic resistance, and disrupt hormones and the immune system.

We suggest you ask us for our recommendations, and what might be best for your particular set of teeth. Always read the label, and make sure the toothpaste you’re considering has the American Dental Association label. If you see it, it means the ADA considers it safe and effective.

Whatever you choose, brush and floss twice each day! At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, services include family and cosmetic dentistry. 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