Dead Or Just Sick?

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Since our teeth don’t grow and the enamel is not comprised of living cells, sometimes we forget that teeth are alive. We are reminded that they have active nerves when we have a toothache or sudden sensitivity to hot or cold food. With serious infections, root canal therapy may be in order. We perform them at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall.

Like other organs, teeth need a blood supply to stay alive and healthy. Veins, arteries, lymph vessels and nerves live below the enamel and dentin in the pulp of the tooth. When the blood flow is cut off, the tooth eventually dies. What can cause blood flow problems? Injury, trauma, infection, large fillings, and multiple restorations can impact a tooth’s blood supply.

Root canal therapy can save a dead tooth. During root canal the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material.

The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. The final steps are the core build up and functional crown.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, root canal therapy is nothing to fear! We also offer complete general dentistry services. Call to 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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Smokeless Is Not Harmless For Rockwall Tobacco Chewers

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Cigarette sales have decreased in the past decade, and at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we won’t kid you: we’re happy about that. But some people have switched to smokeless products, on the misconception that smokeless tobacco is harmless.

This is absolutely not true. Regardless of the specific type, this form of tobacco is as deadly as cigarettes.

We encounter the consequences of smokeless tobacco use because many occur in the mouth. Oral cancer, mouth lesions, gum disease and tooth decay are the most common dental problems caused by smokeless tobacco.

Keeping a pinch between your cheek and gum all day is a bad idea, period. The dangers are two-fold: the tobacco erodes the teeth and also causes the gums to pull away from teeth.

  • Precancerous Mouth Lesion Screening: Mouth lesions are painful sores that could eventually become cancer. If smokeless tobacco use is stopped, the lesions ordinarily disappear within a year.
  • Oral Cancer: Smokeless tobacco increases the risk for several types of life-threatening cancers including those of the mouth, gums, lips, tongue, and throat.

Oral cancers can be as deadly as lung cancer and usually require surgery. Even if someone has the cancer successfully removed, the collateral damage to the face, neck, or jaw is not pretty.

These are the main dental risks of smokeless tobacco. In addition, there are two other biggies: addiction and heart disease, though those are topics for another day.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we services include general and cosmetic 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 Gift Of Oral Health

The Gift Of Oral Health In Rockwall

Many of our patients at Karen E Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall wonder why, with all the improvements in dentistry, we still send you home with a complimentary toothbrush and roll of floss.

It’s true, they do seem a little old-fashioned in our high-tech world, but don’t let their simple design fool you. These tools are your best bet to prevent decay, plaque build-up, and gum disease for dental patients!

When done properly and consistently, brushing and flossing are a critical part of everyday oral hygiene.

Brushing, which should be done at least twice a day, can be done effectively with any type of toothbrush. There is no need to pay a bundle for a fancy electric toothbrush. Just brush your teeth in small, circular motions for 2-3 minutes making sure to reach the surfaces of every tooth.

Flossing should be done once a day and is vital for reaching the areas where a toothbrush cannot.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, our services include family and restorative dentistry. Call us 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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Treatment For Sensitive Teeth

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Millions of Americans experience tooth sensitivity to one degree or another, causing them to avoid certain foods and beverages. If this sounds like you, please talk to us about it at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall.

People with sensitive teeth are most likely to have problems with temperature. Hot or cold things, like coffee and ice cream, can be really difficult.

There is more than one cause of sensitive teeth, so it’s important to have a proper diagnosis. A common cause is worn tooth enamel. This can expose the dentin just beneath it. Enamel can wear down from using a hard-bristle toothbrush and brushing too aggressively. That’s why we always – repeat, always – recommend using a soft-bristle brush and a light touch.

Other causes:

  • Tooth erosion from highly acidic foods and beverages
  • Tooth decay
  • Receding gums
  • Bruxism (tooth grinding)

The treatment for sensitive teeth may involve filling a cavity or replacing a worn filling. If it’s caused by gum loss, you may need a graft.

Many cases respond very well to sensitive-teeth toothpaste. Take a look in the store: just about every major brand includes a line for sensitive teeth, and they are known to work. Many people see results within a week or two.

The most important thing is to talk to us about it, at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall. Our services include family and restorative dentistry. 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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Think You Know How To Brush? Think Again.

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You’ve been brushing your own teeth since you were five. You switch to auto pilot morning and night and get it over with. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we ask what may sound like a silly question: are you doing it right?

Actually, many men and women are making tooth brushing mistakes. You may need to tweak your routine to better support your oral health and guard your smile from decay and gum disease.

Here are critical tooth brushing tips:

1. Take your time.
It’s understandable. You want to get it over with and go to bed. Proper teeth cleaning takes time and careful attention. Time yourself the next time you brush—you might be surprised at how swiftly you finish. The process should take at least two to three minutes. It can also be helpful to take a different route around your mouth every few days. By adjusting your pattern, you approach areas from a different, and possibly, better angle.

2. Don’t forget to floss.
No matter how agile you can be with your brush, it’s difficult to clear away the plaque from all those narrow gaps between your teeth. That is where bacteria can easily multiply and start the decay process.

3. Use the right toothbrush.
It is ironic that some people hurt their enamel or gums because they brush too forcibly with a hard brush. dentist Williamson counsels patients to only use a soft brush. If you’ve had gum grafts, you may want to use an extra soft brush.

4. Don’t keep your tooth brush near the toilet.
This is repulsive to think about, but each time the toilet is flushed, bacteria is sent far into the air—even if you close the lid. Keep your toothbrush in a clean place and allow it to air dry.

5. Use fluoride toothpaste.
This may seem like a no-brainer but you may be surprised that some oral care products don’t contain fluoride. And you may think it’s only for kids. Not true. Your enamel is consistently under assault from acidic foods and drinks and fluoride helps it remineralize.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we want all of our patients to enjoy excellent dental health, and it begins with brushing and flossing at home every day. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. 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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Top 10 Reasons To Visit Your Dentist

Visit Your Rockwall DentistYou smile deserves regular attention. If you haven’t had a dental examination in a while, here are the top ten reasons to see us at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall:

  1. Check Up: It’s time, and this is the best way to prohibit dental problems.
  2. Clean Up: Our dental hygienist is ready to give you a super clean smile.
  3. Brush Up: If it has been a while since your last dental visit, it’s probably time to come in for a refresher course on correct dental hygiene.
  4. Avoid Pain: If you have dental pain and have been putting off a trip to the dentist, come in now, because we specialize in relieving dental pain.
  5. Fillings: We can find and fill all your cavities in almost no time at all. This will help you forego more painful troubles down the road, and helps some of those sensitivities to hot and cold.
  6. Prevent Gum Disease: We’ll assess the health of your gums and, if necessary, make sugggestions for improvement.
  7. A Whiter Smile: We can help. We have tooth whitening options available that will upgrade your smile and make your teeth whiter.
  8. Tooth Replacement: If you are missing a tooth, we can help restore your smile with the latest in tooth replacement technology.
  9. Cosmetic Dentistry: Considering making improvements to your smile? We can help you evaluate the options.
  10. Confidence: Nothing brings you more confidence than a healthy,  smile.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Services include family and restorative 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

 

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Teeth Whitening: Do It Right

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It’s not a news flash to say that we’d all like to have a beautiful smile, and the whitest teeth possible. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, teeth whitening is one of the procedures we are asked about the most often.

The reality, of course, is that the color of teeth can vary greatly from one person to the next. In fact, many people have teeth that are yellowish or gray, or otherwise dull and off-color. And that probably accounts for the popularity of whitening toothpastes.

There’s a remarkable range of these toothpastes in any grocery store, along with whitening strips and similar products. They contain abrasives that polish the teeth, and help to dissolve stains.

Types of Stains

There are two kinds of stains on teeth: extrinsic and intrinsic.

  • Extrensic stains. Extrinsic stains are surface stains. We’re all vulnerable to them, because they’re the type of teeth stains that come from things like coffee, cola, and other beverages. Tobacco is also a major staining agent, whether it’s smoked or chewed.
  • Intrinsic stains. These are stains that are within the enamel of the tooth itself. They are often caused by antibiotics such as tetracycline.

What To Do?

Whitening products from the store can be effective. But they do not have the whitening power of professional teeth whitening.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, our teeth whitening can whiten your teeth up to eight shades, leaving your with a brilliant white smile. It’s just one of the cosmetic dentistry services 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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A Ginormous Cavity?

Rockwall Cosmetic DentistryAt Karen E Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, when we repair a tooth that has cavities or damage, the restorative dentistry procedure chosen often depends on the location of the problem. We’re talking tooth-specific locale here.

If there is a chip, crack, or decay on the biting surface, an onlay or inlay is often created to fix it.

Inlays and onlays are a type of tooth restoration. They are usually bigger than a conventional filling, but smaller than a complete crown. An inlay is used to fill an area inside the cusp tips or bumps of a tooth. An onlay covers an area that includes more than one cusp.

The inlays and onlays we place for our patients are indistinguishable from their natural teeth. Dr. Williamson has the finely-honed eye for detail and complete mastery of dental aesthetics to shape the restoration and create an exact match.

Our inlays and onlays:

  • Are stain resistant
  • Do not bring about tooth sensitivity
  • Are beautifully matched to natural teeth
  • Strengthen the tooth and safeguard against further decay or degeneration

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, our services include 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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5 Cavity Basics

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Preventing cavities is one of the main reasons people visit the dentist. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we want all our patients to have healthy gums, and teeth free of any decay.

Here are five things you should know about cavities.

  1. Tooth decay is one of the most common of all diseases, second only to the common cold.
  2. With daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings and checkups, cavities are preventable.
  3. When fluoride is in your tooth structure, it makes the enamel stronger and more resistant to cavities.
  4. Dental sealants have been shown to make teeth ninety-nine percent cavity-free over a six year period.
  5. One of the best ways to prevent tooth decay is to limit your intake sugar.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we want to keep all of our patients cavity-free, and recommend a cleaning and checkup with us every six months. We offer family 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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10 Terrific Tooth Tips From Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A

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In addition to cleanings and checkups, Karen W. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall likes to share useful information to help you stay on top of your dental health. So without further introduction, here are ten terrific tooth tips:

  1. If you have kids and your municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, talk to your pediatrician about fluoride supplements. Fluoride strengthens both the teeth you can see and the ones still forming in the jaw.
  2. Set a timer when you brush to make sure you spend at least two minutes thoroughly (but gently!) cleaning all surfaces. Don’t forget your tongue – it provides a cozy home for bacteria to flourish.
  3. Floss before you brush so that tooth bristles can better reach between teeth.
  4. If you can’t brush after a meal, chew some sugarless gum with xylitol. Xylitol may curb the growth of bacteria on your teeth to reduce plaque formation.
  5. Eat carbohydrates with meals instead of alone as snacks. More saliva is generated while eating a meal and this can lessen the effects of carbs sitting on your teeth.
  6. An oral fluoride rinse used right before bedtime adds an extra measure of decay deterrence. Fluoride rinses (not traditional mouthwash) work best when swished over teeth for at least thirty seconds after flossing and brushing. After spitting it out, don’t rinse with water.
  7. Let the residue protect and strengthen your enamel all night long. This is especially important for kids – just make sure they don’t swallow it.
  8. If you have diabetes, it is important to understand that unhealthy blood sugar levels can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. We can help you maintain oral health in spite of your condition.
  9. Beware of the dental risks of chronic dry mouth (xerostomia). Continual saliva production is essential for keeping the mouth lubricated, washing the food from tooth surfaces, and neutralizing the acid caused by plaque. Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers are some of the medications that can cause dry mouth.
  10. Wearing a mouthguard when you participate in sports can prevent tooth injury.

At Karen W. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we want all our patients to take good care of their teeth. Brush and floss daily, and see us for a checkup every six months. Services include family and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next exam 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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