Think You May Have A Cavity?

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Our teeth take a lot of tender, loving care. And even when we do our best to practice daily dental hygiene, bacteria can still sneak in and cause cavities – the common cold of oral health. At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwalll, we have been filling cavities for years and would be happy to take care of any cavities or other dental issues you are experiencing.

Few people go their entire life without getting a cavity. Unfortunately for some children, a cavity is the first health problem they experience in childhood.

Cavities are caused when bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque.

Plaque then clings to your teeth and the acid in the plaque starts to dissolve the enamel. The result is a hole in your tooth which can also be accompanied by a pain.

Because of how quick and effective dental fillings are, they are one of the best options to repair a cavity. At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A, we use top-of-the-line instruments to examine the size and severity of the cavity and then establish exactly what type of filling is needed. We offer white fillings that are as durable as conventional metal fillings and match your teeth exactly.

Once a decision is made on what filling you’ll need, we complete the needed preparations for the procedure. When a filling is handled the right way, it can last for decades! That’s why we be sure the procedure is done with precision.

But it isn’t a “set it and forget it” treatment. A tooth that has received a filling still needs to be properly cared for because tooth decay can ensue in the surrounding tooth structure if bacteria is allowed to flourish.

Checkups are a critical part of caring for your teeth and there’s no better place to receive checkups than at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A. We offer family and cosmetic dentistry. 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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Two Hints For When You’re Too Tired To Brush

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Too tired to touch a toothbrush? We’ve all been there. At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall we are committed to helping our patients maintain good dental health. Good dental health begins with regular brushing and flossing. In this blog post, we are offering two quick ideas for overcoming exhaustion so you can brush and floss late at night.

Idea #1 Drag Tongue Along Teeth
As you are lying there in bed and realize you forgot to brush, drag your tongue over your teeth a few times. Feel the fuzzy plaque? Remind yourself how, when it’s not brushed away, tartar forms from it. From there, cavities begin to form. Then jump up and give your mouth just two minutes of gentle, thorough cleaning.

Idea #2 Scrutinize the Food You Eat
Another convenient and simple approach is to pay attention to what’s going into your mouth throughout the day. The higher the sugar content the sooner the teeth will need a brushing to avoid harm. Swish with water after coffee, tea or soda if brushing isn’t going to happen soon. Chewing sticky candy leaves debris all over in the mouth as does bread and crackers. Keep this in mind and commit to take care of the particles as soon as possible.

We know a long day of work or play can yield a worn out body. Likewise, we know consistent brushing will lessen buildup and help prevent decay and gum disease. And we know that sometimes cavities need filling, chipped teeth need fixing, crooked teeth need straightening, and wisdom teeth need extraction.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Good dental health begins at home with regular brushing and flossing. So keep up the good work! Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. 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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Just Chill

Rockwall sedation dentistryIf you tense up just thinking about going to the dentist, you may benefit from sedation dentistry offered by Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall.

Millions of Americans stress out because they have to see the dentist. It is referred to as dental anxiety. There is a more severe form, too, called dental phobia. In both, some people would rather skip the dentist altogether than sit down for a checkup.

That sounds reasonable enough: if there is something that bothers you, avoid it. The problem with with skipping the dentist is that it puts your dental health at risk.

There are lots of reasons why people develop anxiety or phobia over dental care. It often stems from a bad experience they had with a dentist as a kid. Fear of pain is often involved, as well as a fear of anesthesics and possible side effects.

Whatever the cause, sedation dentistry has helped millions of people get through their appointments.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA, we offer nitrous oxide. More commonly known as laughing gas, it may or may not make you laugh, but it will put you in a state of great relaxation.

Nitrous oxide has been used with great success in dentistry for more than one hundred years:

  • It works quickly
  • It wears off quickly
  • Minimal side effects

Sedation dentistry from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall will get you through your appointment, so that you’ll get the dental care you deserve. We also offer a full range of family dentistry services. 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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Is Perfect Possible?

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Are you thinking about a smile makeover? Are you skeptical of promises of a “perfect smile” or a “celebrity smile?” Let’s discuss the most popular cosmetic dental procedures at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall, and the results that can be expected.

Composite Veneers

The application of porcelain veneers can remedy numerous aesthetic dental issues and is generally a better solution than dental bonding.

Veneers can repair chips, cracks, minor tooth misalignment, tooth discoloration, unattractive tooth shape, and disproportionate tooth size. Can a porcelain veneer create a perfect tooth? While a veneer cannot repair a decayed tooth, it can turn an unattractive tooth into an aesthetically perfect tooth.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment that dramatically improves a smile. We only recommend teeth whitening for patients who are good candidates for the process. If you have several crowns in the front of your mouth, or gums that have receded, conventional tooth-whitening may not brighten your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall can transform your smile. We also offer a wide range of family dentistry procedures. 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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Clean Teeth, Happy Mouth

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 seeing us at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall,twice a year.

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 the dentist 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, your dental health is important to us. Services include family 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

 


Let’s Take Care Of Those Tooth Stains

Rockwall Teeth BleachingProfessional teeth whitening from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall has a powerful effect on your smile. It is far more effective than any product you can pick up at the grocery store.

The effectiveness of any teeth whitening system depends partly on the types of stains on your teeth.

Extrinsic tooth stains are the easiest to remove. These surface stains have not yet penetrated through the enamel into the dentin. Extrinsic stains are caused by dark-colored foods and beverages like blueberries, coffee, red wine, cola, and even carrots. And nicotine is no better for your smile than it is for your lungs.

Even if you avoid these common teeth stainers, your teeth are likely to become discolored over time. Like gray hair, wrinkles, and memory lapses, a dull smile is an inevitable part of aging for some people.

Intrinsic tooth stains emerge from the inside out. Tooth injury or tetracycline are the usual culprits. Intrinsic stains are more difficult to remove, but it is possible to lighten them with professional tooth whitening.

Professional teeth whitening from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall can transform your smile. It’s just one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer. 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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Soft Or Hard? A Toothbrush Debate

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, the dentist almost always tells our patients to use a soft-bristled toothbrush when they brush their teeth. We’re going to use this space to explain why.

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.) Soft bristles are gentle on the surfaces of your teeth, but are still rigid enough to brush away plaque and food debris. Remember to use a light touch as you brush, so that the bristles don’t bend.

Soft bristles are also excellent for removing debris from along the gumline, which is an important area to brush.

What is it about hard, and even medium, bristles? 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.

When you look at new toothbrushes in the store, there’s a big variety to choose from. If you look closely, though, you may notice that most of the toothbrushes are soft; it’s the pattern of the bristles that varies so much.

Make no mistake: hard bristles have their place. They’re often recommended for cleaning oral appliances. But when you brush your teeth, use a soft-bristled brush.

Should you use a manual toothbrush, or an electric one? Another great debate! Along with flossing, we’ll save that topic for a future blog post.

Using your soft-bristled brush regularly, along with flossing and seeing the dentist at Karen E. Williamson DDS in Rockwall TX every six months for a checkup, is the best way to maintain a beautiful, clean smile. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule 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

 


Help For Tetracycline Stains At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A

Help For Tetracycline And Fluoride Stains At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A

Maybe as a teen you were prescribed tetracycline to combat acne, and it’s left you with discolored teeth. Or maybe the municipal water you drank growing up had excessive fluoride, another cause of tarnished teeth. Porcelain veneers from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall can turn your smile from dull to dazzling.

If you are like many of us, you have sipped thousands of dark beverages such as coffee, soda, and wine over the years, and your teeth are showing the effects. This too can be reversed.

Porcelain veneers are one of the options we recommend for treating discolored teeth. The reason is that veneers not only restore discolored teeth; they can also cover imperfections like wear, chips, and cracks.

This is done by placing a thin composite of porcelain over the damaged tooth or teeth leaving a gorgeous, white, flawless smile. Every time you smile, you’ll be the envy of your friends!

Porcelain veneers are one of the least invasive forms of cosmetic dentistry, yet the results are stunning. The smiles of our happy Rockwall veneer patients are dazzling. Call us at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA 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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The Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A Guide To Veneers

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It’s easy to see why people love porcelain veneers, like those available at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall. Veneers correct a multitude of flaws and deliver beautiful results.

The porcelain veneer procedure is more complicated than many cosmetic dental patients realize. A veneer is an extremely thin (about .5mm or 1/64 inch) shell that is permanently attached to the front of a tooth. They are custom made for each patient, and can cover chips, cracks, and stains. They can also improve the shape, size or length of a tooth.

While preparing a tooth for a veneer is less invasive than preparing a tooth for a crown, it is not a reversible procedure. A microscopically small amount of enamel must be removed to make room for the veneer. Thus, the tooth can never be restored to its original condition.

When performing the multi-step veneer procedure, we must consider the surrounding teeth, the patient’s bite, the gums, the health of the affected teeth, and the patient’s goals and expectations. Most smiles contain varying shades of tooth enamel, further complicating the color selection process.

We must also work closely with the dental lab technician who fabricates the veneers. The lab technician’s skill level and quality of materials is just as critical as the expertise of the cosmetic dentist.

Veneers are usually placed on the most visible teeth –  center stage, so to speak. They are on display every time the patient opens their mouth. This is definitely a procedure you want to get right the first time!

Porcelain veneers are among the cosmetic dentistry services we provide at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall. 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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