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Keeping You Comfortable

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At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall TX, we make every effort to help our patients feel comfortable. Though our chairs are cushy as can be, we are not only talking about physical comfort here. We are talking about emotional comfort. In other words, peace of mind.

Here are four ways we are dedicated to keeping your comfortable:

1. We don’t judge you. We have devoted a professional career to promoting oral health and creating beautiful smiles.

The courteous dental team at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A is here to help you, regardless of the state of your teeth. We have treated patients with severe tooth neglect, advanced gum disease, enamel erosion caused by eating disorders, tooth damage caused by illegal drug use, baby bottle tooth decay, tobacco-stained teeth: basically, every imaginable dental problem. We don’t live in a bubble. We understand and empathize with our patients.

2. We protect you from pain. We will eliminate or minimize pain as best we can. Dr. Williamson is a pro at administering barely noticeable injections.

3. We help you with your dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist is far more widespread than you might realize and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. The perceived loss of control, instruments poking in your mouth, and teeth being worked on is not pleasant. Some people get claustrophobic because they need to lie still in the chair for treatment.

We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to those patients who need something extra to get them through their appointments. It may not make you laugh, but nitrous is extremely effective and has been used in dentistry for more than a century.

4. We communicate with you. Procedures are thoroughly explained and all your important questions will be answered prior to treatment. If you are not sure you want to initiate treatment, we are happy to let you think about it for a while. There is no rush.

If you have postponed dental treatment for any reason, we encourage you to give our office a call. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we offer 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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Stick Out Your Tongue!

Rockwall oral cancer examsDentists like Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX diagnose and treat conditions of the teeth and gums. These conditions can affect the tongue. Let’s discuss the tongue.

Have you ever considered all the important things your tongue can do? It helps us talk, perceive the texture and flavor of food, chew, and swallow.

This strong and nimble gymnast is in nonstop motion during our waking hours. It is a wonder that we don’t accidentally bite it more often as we smile, chew, drink, breathe, swallow, cough, and laugh.

Your tongue can also reveal physical problems. These may include digestive issues, infections, and diseases of the blood.

When we perform oral exams, the tongue is always looked at for signs of oral cancer and other serious diseases.

Here are some tongue abnormalities and possible causes:

  • Swollen tongue: reaction to food/drink/medication, strep infection, leukemia, hypothyroidism
  • White tongue: dehydration, yeast infection, irritation to tobacco, enteritis, gastritis, colitis, anemia, or other nutritional deficiency
  • Canker sores: may be linked to stress or reaction to food, toothpaste, or mouthwash.

If you have persistent canker sores, you may want to try eliminating products that contain sodium lauryl (or laurel) sulfate (SLS). SLS is a foaming agent that is found in many personal care products.

If you can’t find an SLS-free toothpaste at your local grocery store, we would suggest trying health food stores, specialty drug stores, or trusted online sites.

Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX provides general and cosmetic dentistry. Your dental health is our number one concern. 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

 

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What Is More Valuable Than A Diamond?

Rockwall cosmetic dentistryEvery tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.” -Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, 1605

When Cervantes wrote that, there was no way to replace teeth that were lost to decay or trauma. We are fortunate to live at a time where there is a permanent replacement for missing teeth: the amazing dental implant, available from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall.

A dental implant is anchored into the jaw bone, and serves as a support for an artificial tooth. They fuse with the bone to become one with it. A dental implant functions just like a natural tooth.

With a dental implant, you can talk, chew, and brush like normal. Eat that steak. Laugh out loud. Sing at the top of your lungs!

Dental implants are not an experimental treatment. They have been available for many years. You can be sure they been fully tested and even improved upon.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we provide dental implants and many other services, such as general 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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Gum Disease: A Serious Threat

One of every ten American adults is likely to get some form of gum disease by the time they’re sixty-four years old. It’s a serious condition, and at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, gum disease is one of our specialties.

First things first. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, and is associated with health issues like diabetes and heart disease. So brush and floss your teeth every day – twice a day, in fact. If you don’t, your chances of getting gum disease increase.

In addition to age, other risk factors for gum disease include tobacco use. Health experts say that tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for getting gum disease. If you don’t smoke, don’t start, and if you do smoke (or chew), quit.

It appears some people are genetically predisposed to gum disease. Even when they take great care of their teeth, such people may still be more likely to get it. If you think it runs in your family, don’t despair. A genetic test can confirm it, even if you aren’t showing any signs. Getting early intervention treatment may help.

Stress, too, is another risk factor for gum disease. Stress may make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection.

Poor nutrition and teeth grinding or clenching can also put you at greater risk of developing gum disease.

Finally, certain medications can affect your oral health and make you more prone to gum disease. These include some oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and heart medications. If you have any concerns, ask us at your next appointment.

If you are showing any signs at all of gum disease, such as bleeding when you brush your teeth, let us know. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we provide effective gum disease treatment. 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


Smile Makeover Questions Answered

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Even some people with excellent dental health want to improve specific components of their smile. Though proper brushing is essential for healthy teeth, it won’t re-contour a gumline or repair a broken tooth. A cavity-free mouth may still have stained or slightly misaligned teeth.

If you want to correct the smile elements that can’t be improved with diligent oral hygiene, call Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall to schedule a smile makeover consultation. During your visit, we will talk to you about:

Cost
Each smile makeover is completely unique, therefore the price varies from patient to patient depending on the specific procedures performed. During your consultation, we will give you an estimate for your cosmetic dental smile makeover.

Function
Proper function is priority one. Your smile transformation will maintain or improve your ability to talk, eat, and smile.

Beauty
This is probably the main reason you are choosing to transform your smile. We will describe the cosmetic improvements you can expect and the technical details about the care.

Sedation
If your smile redesign requires several hours of treatment, or if you have dental anxiety, you may want to consider sedation. dentist Williamson will explain your sedation options and the associated costs.

Health
If you have existing tooth decay or gum disease, these troubles need to be addressed prior to your cosmetic concerns. It may be possible to combine needed restorative procedures with your cosmetic work.

Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall provides 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

 

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Captivate Audiences Once Again

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Remember when being a toothless five-year-old dazzled friends and family? When a lisp was considered cute and endearing? Doesn’t really work for adults. Toothless smiles are awkward and lisps can make you self-conscious. But at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we can do something about that with a dental implant.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed in your jaw. An artificial tooth goes on top of the post. There are several benefits to dental implants: the post prevents bone loss, while the artificial tooth looks and functions like a natural tooth.

If you are missing teeth, have undesirable gaps, or are just not satisfied with your smile’s current state, call us at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A. in Rockwall. In addition to dental implants we offer general dentistry and other services. Make 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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Bad Breath Treatment

Bad Breath Treatment at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.ADo you suspect that you have bad breath? At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall, we can help our  patients overcome this unpleasant, irritating, and potentially embarrassing condition.

Halitosis is caused by the bacteria that live on and around your teeth, gums, and tongue. Breath mints and mouthwashes do not cure bad breath, they only mask the symptoms. Proper oral hygiene can cure many cases of bad breath.

In some cases, though, bad breath is caused by more serious health concerns. Sinus and tonsil infections, acid reflux, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, kidney malfunction, and eating disorders are just some of the issues that can cause bad breath.

If you have bad breath, the first thing to do is make sure you are cleaning your teeth, gums, and tongue thoroughly. This does not mean you should brush as long and forcefully as possible. Brushing too vigorously is dangerous to gums and contributes to gum recession.

For more, call us at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX. We offer general 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

 

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Quirky Dental Facts That May Surprise You

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At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall TX, we provide the highest standard of dental care. But in this blog post, we share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

  • Many dental patients are aware that before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. But did you know that blacksmiths also moonlighted as dentists?1 How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?
  • The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems. That’s a grill with major bling
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools. (Not a very pleasant image, right?)
  • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material. (“Mom, my toothbrush smells like bacon!”)
  • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.3 There is no evidence that it actually worked and it is unknown if the same remedy was used by donkeys.
  • Every person’s tongue is unique – just like a fingerprint.
  • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.

At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall TX, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find quality dental care and our friendly team of dental professionals. Our 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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Gum Health Affects Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

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At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A. in Rockwall, we are concerned not only with the condition of your mouth, but also with how it affects your overall health and well-being. This post looks at the connection between dental health, diabetes, and gum disease.

Scientists have known for quite some time that people with diabetes have higher rates of gum disease. Maintaining proper blood glucose levels is the key to minimizing the risk of gum disease and related issues for those affected.

Additional research is exploring the reverse relationship. In other words, whether poor oral health increases the risk of developing diabetes. Findings from a long-term study suggests that it does.

“We found that over two decades of follow-up, individuals who had periodontal disease were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life when compared to individuals without periodontal disease.” -Ryan T. Demmer, PhD, MPH1

Additional trials are exploring how tooth and gum health bumps the ability of diabetics to manage the disease.

“Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.”2

If you have diabetes, it is important that you see a dentist regularly and are dedicated to daily oral hygiene, proper nutrition, and other vital practices. Additionally, your success in controlling your blood glucose levels will improve your oral health and vice-versa.

If you don’t have a dentist and live in Rockwall or the greater Rockwall area, call the team at Karen Williamson DDS, PA. We offer gum disease treatment, and comprehensive dental health care. 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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Dental Crowns At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A In Rockwall

Dental Crowns at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in RockwallDental crowns have been used in dentistry for over 2000 years. Those ancient crowns are a far cry from what we use today, at Karen E. Williamson DDS in Rockwall.

There is evidence that the Etruscans experimented with crowns on teeth using ivory and bone as early as 700 B.C. By 200 A.D., they began using gold crowns to construct artificial teeth. Ancient Egyptians fashioned tooth replacements out of seashells and then hammered them into their gums. (Oral sedation, anyone?)

Porcelain crowns were first used in the 1800s. With the refining of metal casting methods in the 1900s, crown dentistry advanced significantly.

Today, crowns are strong, comfortable and are made to match your surrounding teeth.

Dental crowns (also called caps) cover the entire visible portion of the tooth and are cemented in place. Crowns are used to strengthen teeth that have been worn down or weakened by decay or injury. Crowns are also used to restore the original shape of a tooth or solely to improve the appearance of a tooth.

The most common types of crowns are:

  • All-porcelain (ceramic)
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • Gold

If you suspect you need a crown, want to replace an old crown, or want to learn about other cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Karen E. Williamson DDS in Rockwall. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make 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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