How Do Veneers Create Stunning Smiles?

Veneers Create Stunning Smiles in Rockwall

Porcelain veneers from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX are a versatile cosmetic dentistry option. With veneers, you can transform your smile without significant restorative dental work.

Porcelain veneers are paper-thin, tooth-shaped covers made from medical-grade ceramic. They are custom-made and affixed to the front of teeth.

Is your tooth enamel worn and thin? Tooth-colored porcelain veneers have the brilliance and translucency of healthy tooth enamel. Many people have chosen veneers to cover worn enamel.

Have your teeth developed uneven edges? Tooth grinding, natural wear and other factors can roughen tooth edges. Veneers are a minimally invasive correction for uneven tooth edges.

Do you have chips or cracks in your teeth? If your teeth are otherwise healthy, veneers provide a flawless tooth surface. Are your teeth yellow or gray? Veneers can fix that, too. Veneers can be fabricated in any shade to perk up your smile while still blending naturally with your other teeth and skin tones.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, porcelain veneers can transform your smile. People from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate also come to us for complete general and restorative dentistry. Contact 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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Implants vs. Bridges: Know The Facts

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In this blog post from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we’re going to talk about dental bridges, and how they stack up against dental implants.

While dental bridges have restored smiles for generations, they are not without drawbacks. One is keeping them clean. Many people find it all but impossible to keep the small areas around and under the bridge clean. This is not surprising, because it can be hard to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge.

Of course, harmful bacteria has no trouble moving in and taking over without you even knowing it. When the decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, it is not only painful, you are at risk of losing those teeth.

That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most people with missing teeth are viable candidates for implants. A dental implant is a metal post screwed directly into the jaw bone. The post goes where the tooth root used to be.

Dental implants do not have the same decay risk as the teeth that anchor dental bridges. They must be brushed and flossed, but this is not much different than cleaning a natural tooth.

To find out whether dental implants are right for you, please visit us at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX to find out. We offer this and other restorative dentistry options, and patients from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate also come to our practice for general and cosmetic dentistry. Contact 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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Dental Crowns Solve Dental Dilemmas

Cosmetic Dental Solutions in Rockwall

A dental crown is a strong, natural-looking tooth restoration that covers the top of a damaged tooth. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we use dental crowns to solve a number of dental dilemmas.

Crowns can remedy the following issues:

  • A broken tooth with decay
  • An ill-fitting existing crown
  • A decayed tooth that has lost a considerable amount of tooth structure
  • A tooth that has had a root canal
  • A tooth that is too small or misshapen
  • A tooth that causes bite misalignment

Before we can attach the crown, we must prepare the tooth. Any decay is removed, and the tooth is shaped for the ideal fit. Then, a mold is taken before a temporary crown is placed. The final, permanent crown is made in a dental lab from the mold.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, dental crowns are a reliable and versatile restoration. We’ve placed them on people from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate, who also come to us for complete cosmetic dentistry services and much more. Request 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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Are Dentures Inevitable?

Implant Anchored Dentures in Rockwall

Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and with good dental hygiene at home and regular checkups at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, they can. But sometimes things go wrong, even with the best of care. Dental implants are an ideal solution for anyone who loses one or more of their natural teeth.

Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone, where they fuse with the bone. Once they do they become rock-solid supports for one or more replacement teeth.

Multiple implants, usually four, can support a full dental arch. In most cases, implant-supported dentures are made for the patient’s lower jaw. That’s because lower jaw moves so much when eating and speaking, so lower dentures benefit from extra support. The uppers are more stable. But implant-supported dentures can be made for the upper and lower jaw.

Implant-supported dentures have a number of advantages over traditional dentures:

  • Increased Stability: Because they are attached to titanium posts that have fused with the jaw, people have much greater biting and chewing power.
  • Natural Appearance: They look more like natural teeth, and are easier to care for.
  • Durability: Because they are physically attached to the jaw, implants are long-lasting.
  • A Lack of Bone Recession: With traditional dentures, the bone around missing tooth roots begin to deteriorate. The titanium posts replace some of the tooth roots, so the bone is preserved.

Implant-supported dentures can transform your life, and they are among the restorative dentistry procedures available at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX. Patients also come to our office from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate for general dentistry. Request 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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How Long Will A Dental Crown Last?

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Dental crowns from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX are a versatile restoration. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or been damaged. It is usually necessary after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, a crown is the final step.

Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:

  • Porcelain ceramic
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Gold alloys
  • Base metal alloys

Dental crowns can last for many years, but they are not designed to last indefinitely. A crown can last for about fifteen years. But when they are well taken care of, crowns have been known to last much longer: as long as twenty-five or thirty years.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX we place a lot of dental crowns. Patients from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to our practice for crowns and other restorative dentistry. Contact 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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No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

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At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we stay on top of new discoveries in the exciting field of dentistry and occasionally share interesting facts with our patients. Today’s post focuses on new findings in a compelling field of research: genetic dentistry.

According to Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, “About 60% of the risk for tooth decay appears to be due to genetic factors.”

Whoa! Did she say 60%? That’s huge. You might be thinking: “That’s why I brush and floss but still get cavities.” Or, better yet, you might be thinking, “No wonder I have never had a cavity but eat candy often and occasionally go to bed without brushing.”

A recent article on CNN.com highlights tooth decay risk factors that have a genetic link:

  1. Enamel Strength: Your genes play an important role in the composition of your tooth enamel. Soft enamel is more cavity prone.
  2. Sugar Cravings: Whether or not you love sugar has a genetic basis. Now you can blame your parents if you pop M&Ms all day. But it still isn’t good for your teeth!
  3. Chemical Composition of Saliva: Your saliva can protect against cavities – if it properly metabolizes critical minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Your genes influence your saliva’s power to prevent decay.
  4. Immune Response to Bacteria: We don’t like to think about the detrimental bacteria in our mouth but, hopefully, our immune system is ever-vigilant at fighting their constant attempts to cause decay and gum disease. The durability of your immune system is determined, in part, by genetics.

In the next few decades, scientists in the emerging specialty of genetic dentistry may play a critical role in the development of new cavity prevention techniques.

So thank your parents if you have good dental health, and maintain it with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX. Patients from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact 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, Ste 104, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

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What Do You Do If You Get Something Stuck Between Your Teeth?

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Ever get something stuck between your teeth? Of course you have; who hasn’t? At best, something stuck between your teeth is bothersome, especially if it takes a long time to remove it. At worst it is painful, and requires professional attention, like what we provide at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX.

Some people have narrow and tight spaces between their teeth. They seem more susceptible to getting things wedged in there. It can cause pressure and discomfort, and even pain.

Here are some tips to dislodge what you have stuck between your teeth.

The first tip is what not to do. It may be tempting, and may even seem like a good idea. But never use a sharp object on something stuck between your teeth. Repeat, never, not even a toothpick. You may damage your gums or teeth.

Here is what you should try:

  • Rinse your mouth out vigorously. Use lukewarm saltwater. You may need to repeat several times, but this is often enough to loosen whatever is stuck.
  • Use waxed dental floss, as it is excellent for getting things from between teeth. Waxed floss slides easily into tight spaces.
  • If you have to use a floss pick, make sure it has tight strands of floss.

If none of this works, give us a call. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we offer general dentistry, and can help with your pain and discomfort. People throughout Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate also come to us for cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. Contact 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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Feel Like A Movie Star

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When you see pictures of celebrities, most look like they have perfectly beautiful, white teeth. It’s very impressive! Can ordinary people obtain a celebrity-caliber smile? With cosmetic dentistry from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, absolutely!

Cosmetic dentistry refers to a range of procedures that use proven dental techniques to improve the appearance of a patient’s smile. Whether it is relatively minor or more involved, it can give you the beautiful teeth you have always wanted.

Available procedures include:

  • Teeth Whitening: Professional teeth whitening surpasses any whitening product you can buy at the store. We offer a powerful in-office treatment, or professional-grade take-home kit.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are thin ceramic shells custom-fitted to† your teeth. They are permanently attached to mask chips and cracks, replace lost enamel, or to cover gaps between teeth.
  • Crowns and Bridges: These restorations can replace lost teeth or restore damaged ones.

Any one of these procedures will have an immediate, noticeable effect. Put them together and you’ll have a stunning new smile!

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we use cosmetic dentistry to improve the smiles of our patients every day. People from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate also come to our practice for complete general dentistry and dental implants. Request 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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When it Comes to Your Smile, Don’t Settle For Less

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No one likes to settle for less than the best, especially with something as important as your smile. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we have cosmetic dentistry solutions that improve any smile.

As the years go by, teeth naturally lose their youthful luster. They are also subjected to any number of unforeseen difficulties, like chips, cracks, or misalignment.

We have procedures that can address these issues and restore your smile:

  • Teeth Whitening: Professional teeth whitening is a quick and highly effective way to remove years of discoloration and revitalize your smile.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade porcelain that can cover chips, cracks, and gaps between teeth.
  • Dental Implants: Though technically restorative, these titanium secured restorations can create a solid foundation for dentures and other tooth-replacement solutions.

Any one of these techniques can improve your smile. Put two or more of them together and you have a complete smile makeover!

When it comes to your smile you should never settle for less! Cosmetic dentistry from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX can renew your gorgeous smile! We’ve improved smiles of patients throughout Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate, who also come to our practice for general dentistry. Contact 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 Tooth Grinding Can Damage Your Smile

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Teeth grinding is a common behavior among people of all ages. Known formally as bruxism, it is when someone involuntarily clenches or grinds their teeth. It can have serious consequences, but is treatable at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX.

Teeth grinding can occur during the day or night and can affect children and adults. Some people grind their teeth intermittently, while in others, it is regular behavior.

Teeth grinding can be painful and damaging to your smile. It can also have a long-term affect on physical and mental health.

The Dangers of Teeth Grinding

  • Loose teeth
  • Pain in the teeth or face
  • Cracked teeth
  • Worn down enamel
  • Alignment issues

The causes of bruxism are not fully understood. It may be a combination of physical, psychological, and genetic factors. The good news is that it is treatable. Stress reduction techniques are helpful, as is wearing a night guard when you sleep.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we offer comprehensive dental care. People from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Request 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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