Is The Humble Toothbrush Obsolete?

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Are manual toothbrushes obsolete? Would you believe people have been asking that question for more than fifty years? At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we assure you that the answer is no. When it comes to maintaining your dental health, an old school manual toothbrush is one of your best friends.

“Wait a minute,” you might say, “isn’t an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush?”

That very question was addressed in the Journal of the American Dental Association, way back in 1964. Their article sensibly concluded that all toothbrushes, when used properly, are effective at removing food debris and plaque to keep your smile free of decay.

Use What Works

Electric toothbrushes are great, and they certainly have their place. But they do not do a better job cleaning teeth, simply because they’re electric.

For most people, it comes down to personal preference. Manual and electric do a good job cleaning your teeth. An electric toothbrush can be a tremendous benefit to anyone with issues like arthritis. A manual may take a little longer. But they’re a lot cheaper! At the end of the day, though, the choice is yours.

When it comes to any toothbrush, the most important thing is to choose one with soft bristles. They are gentle on the gums, but still effective in brushing away plaque.

When all is said and done, the important thing is to find a toothbrush that works for you, and then use it. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX we stress the importance of brushing and flossing twice a day. People from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate trust us with their dental health, and come to our office for family and cosmetic dentistry. Call for 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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Beautiful Teeth For Your Every Emotion

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Not everyone smiles all the time, and not everyone is smiled at all the time. But even frowns need to be clean, to maintain a high level of dental health. We’ll take good care of you at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall.

At every checkup, we examine you for any signs of gum disease. In its mildest form, gum disease is known as gingivitis and is easily treated. In its more severe form, gum disease is called periodontal disease, and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. It can be still be brought under control, but it takes more aggressive treatment.

What Else?
Good dental health means you probably don’t have much of a problem with bad breath. Of course, most of us have yukky breath when we first wake up in the morning. But brush your teeth after breakfast and you should be good to go. In most cases of chronic bad breath – about eighty-five percent of them – poor dental hygiene is to blame.

When it comes to dental health, your toothbrush and dental floss are your best friends. Brush and floss at least twice a day. When you brush, you remove the plaque that builds up on your teeth and causes cavities. Flossing gets out the gunk that builds up between teeth.

In addition to checkups, services at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall include family and restorative dentistry. Patients from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to our practice for comprehensive dental care. 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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Live Better With Dental Implants

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For denture wearers, ill-fitting dentures can cause more issues  than they solve. If you live with loose dentures, you probably regard them as a necessary evil. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we’d like to tell you about an alternative: implant-supported dentures.

Implant-supported dentures are like getting a brand-new set of teeth. If you are not familiar with implants, here are the essentials:

Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed in your jaw, where they fuse with the bone. Titanium is ideally suited to this, which is why it is commonly used in joint replacements, like for the hip and the knee.

Once the titanium has fused with the bone, you have a rock-solid support for one or more artificial teeth that look and function like the real thing.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Where one implant can support one artificial tooth, several implants – usually four – can support a full dental arch.

Implant-supported dentures are a permanent solution for missing teeth. They look completely natural, and can replace both the upper and lower sets.

To be a good candidate for a dental implant, you must have enough healthy bone to support it. Even if you don’t, bone grafting can promote new growth, enough so that there is enough mass to support the implant.

To find out more about implant-supported dentures from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, please call us. Patients from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to us for implants and other restorative dentistry procedures, and much more. 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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Wear A Crown In Rockwall

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Dental crowns are among the restorative procedures we use most at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall. Crowns restore and protect a tooth that has been damaged, or had dental work. Each crown is custom-made to fit the tooth it is for.

This type of crown is sometimes called a “cap” because of the way they fit over the tooth. The purpose of the crown is to restore the tooth’s shape and size, and also its functionality. Once the crown is cemented into place it completely covers the visible portion of the tooth.

Some of the reasons we place a crown over a tooth:

  • It may have been badly chipped or broken
  • There may be a cavity too big to fill
  • A restoration after a root canal
  • Discoloration, or a similar cosmetic reason

When a crown is used as a restoration there is usually a temporary one before the final one. The temporary is used to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is made in a dental lab. A temporary crown is, of course, not as strong as a permanent crown, and patients need to be aware of that.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we offer CEREC same-day crowns. Patients come to our practice from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate for crowns and other restorative 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 Toothache The Size Of Rockwall

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Ever get a toothache? Of course you have; who hasn’t? At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we stress the importance of good dental care to all our patients. But we know that if something can go wrong, it will. And that includes getting a toothache.

What Causes a Toothache?

The most common cause of a toothache, by far, is decay. Better known as cavities, decay happens when acids produced by bacteria destroy a tooth’s enamel and the dentin beneath it. Once the dentin is damaged, a tooth becomes very sensitive. That means that a cavity has developed.

If the decay gets too advanced it can affect the tooth at its root. At that point there is a high probability that the tooth will become infected. That will take the toothache to a whole new level of pain, and is a very serious matter. Call us right away.

Other Causes

As common as cavities are, they are not, of course, the only cause of a toothache. Tooth pain may also be caused by gum disease. A more common symptom of gum disease is a dull pain in your mouth, and sensitive, bleeding gums. But tooth pain often accompanies this. Even if there isn’t any tooth pain, if you suspect gum disease you should call us.

Teeth can also get hairline cracks that may not be visible to the naked eye, but will give you pain. The pain could indicate a crack that has made it down to the middle of the tooth, where the root is. It might be the result of some kind of accident, and it won’t necessarily give you pain right away.

What To Do?

For each of these issues we recommend, very strongly, that you come in to see us as soon as possible. In the short term, though, you might relieve pain with one of the following:

  • A cold pack, such as an icebag or a bag of frozen vegetables
  • An over-the-counter anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen
  • A salt water rinse with warm water

But don’t do any of the above until you have scheduled an appointment with us. Mild toothaches are irritating, but it could be something more serious that we’ll want to treat immediately. Don’t take any chances!

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we treat toothaches every day. People from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to us for complete family and restorative 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

 

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6 Reasons To Ditch Your Dentures For Dental Implants

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Dentures that rest on the gums have a long history in dentistry. But a revolution is taking place, and these traditional dentures are no longer the only option. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we offer implant-supported dentures.

Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into your jaw. Within a few months the post has fused with the bone. This forms a rock-solid foundation for a replacement tooth.

One implant can support one artificial tooth. Multiple implants can support a dental bridge, or full dental arch.

Dental implants provide the following benefits:

  • Stability. Implants don’t move around in your mouth.
  • Form and Function. Implants look and function like natural teeth.
  • Like a New Root. Dental implants mimic a natural tooth root, promoting healthy bone
  • Bone Retention. The implant prevents bone recession and stimulates blood circulation
  • Comfort. No gum irritation
  • Appearance. Get your smile back!

Before you can get a dental implant, we must make sure you’ve got enough healthy bone to support it. Even if you have lost bone mass due to recession, though, a bone graft can stimulate new bone growth. In a matter of months you should have enough bone mass in the jaw to support the implants.

Implant-supported dentures from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall can change your life. Patients come to our practice from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate for complete family dentistry services. 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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Let’s Work Together To Keep Your Smile Healthy And Beautiful

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At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we remind our patients that good dental health is the result of two main components: what we can do in our office and what you can do at home.

We recommend regular cleanings and checkups here at the office: on average, every six months. Your teeth get a thorough cleaning, and we examine you for any signs of gum disease. Every checkup includes a screening for oral cancer. The American Cancer Society projects that about 53,000 people will get a form of oral cancer this year. Of those, nearly eleven thousand cases will be terminal.

At home, it’s essential that you brush your teeth every day; twice a day is better. That regimen should include flossing, too. We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Should you floss before or after you brush? The jury is out on that one. The most important thing is that you do it.

Use a pea-sized blob of fluoridated toothpaste. There are lots of different types of toothpastes out there, and the brand you choose doesn’t matter all that much. Just be sure it contains fluoride, and that the box carries the American Dental Association sea.

And that is what good dental health boils down to: brushing and flossing every day, and regular checkups here at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall. Our patients come to our office from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate for family and restorative dentistry, and many other services. 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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Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Saliva

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In this post from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we are going to review the complexity and importance of your saliva.

Don’t be squeamish! Your saliva is a finely balanced body fluid that not only helps maintains dental health but also helps with the digestion of your food.

So, without further ado, here are the main components of saliva.

  • Water. No surprise here! Your saliva is comprised of water, for the most part.
  • Enzymes. Enzymes are important biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.
  • Immunoproteins. These are powerful cells that fight invaders, such as bacteria. The immunoproteins in saliva curb the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth. This is crucial for avoiding gingivitis and keeping the appropriate pH balance in the mouth.
  • Minerals. Saliva minerals aid in maintaining the protective enamel surface of the teeth.

Most people produce enough saliva, but some suffer from a condition called dry mouth, which is a lack of saliva. Dry mouth can be dangerous to your dental health, so be sure to speak with us if you are experiencing this.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we are committed to the dental health of every patient. Our patients come here from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate for family and cosmetic dentistry. Call us 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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Is Your Smile Holding You Back?

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In this post from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we begin with something we’d classify as Murphy’s Law.

You leave the house on a pressing errand, looking completely disheveled. Inevitably, you bump into someone you know. How do you feel in your ill-fitting sweatpants and stained T-shirt?

Attractive clothing, well-groomed hair, and a fit body boost morale for most people. But do you know what others notice first? Your face. Specifically, your smile and eyes. Study after study has shown that sensational teeth and eyes always capture attention.

Now, it’s difficult to change your eyes unless you get colored contacts. But beautiful smiles are within reach, because at name of practice we can work miracles with cosmetic dentistry. We can turn ordinary smiles into stunning first-impressions.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Available cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening. We can transform your smile from dull to dazzling.
  • Porcelain veneers. Cover chips, cracks, and other tooth imperfections.
  • Dental implants. Replace missing teeth with state-of-the-art implants that look and function like natural teeth.

If you are not satisfied with your smile, cosmetic dentistry from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX can help. People come to us from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate for complete general dentistry services. Call to find out what we can do for your smile!

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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Should You Worry About Dental X-rays?

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At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, keeping our patients in excellent dental health is easier when we have thorough information. In  this case, pictures are worth a thousand words.

Pictures, in the form of x-rays, reveal what’s going on below the surface of your teeth and gums. That’s why we like to have complete and up-to-date X-rays.

There are several types of x-rays:

  • Bite-Wing x-rays give us a picture of the upper and lower back teeth. We can see how they touch each other and see if there is any decay.
  • Panoramic x-rays give us the big picture: a view of the teeth, jaws and jaw joints, nasal area, and even the sinuses. These are especially useful if we think the patient may need orthodontics or a dental implant.
  • Occlusal x-rays show us the floor of the mouth, and the bite of the upper or lower jaw. They’re good for showing the development of children’s teeth, both the baby and permanent teeth.

How often we take X-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your dental health. Because children are growing and experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need X-rays more frequently.

Since they use radiation, some patients are concerned about x-rays. But they are designed to minimize patient exposure; you only get negligible amounts. The latest generations of x-rays reduce radiation even more. Still, we take the added safety measure of covering the patient with a heavy leaded apron and collar.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, x-rays help us maintain the dental health of all our patients. People from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate call us for our general and 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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