Tell Your Dentist Which Prescription Meds You Are Taking

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It’s standard practice for healthcare providers to find out what medications their patients are taking. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall our patients sometimes wonder why we ask them about prescription medications before their dental process.

Here’s why:

Some medications—prescription or over-the-counter—can affect oral health or dental treatment.

Bleeding Issues

Heparin/warfarin and other anticoagulants can bring about abnormal bleeding, because they affect your ability to clot. If you undergo oral surgery, it’s critical for your dentist to know if you are taking these prescription medications.

Abnormal Gums

Do you feel as though your gums are significantly bigger in proportion to your teeth?

Enlarged gum tissue is an overgrowth of the gum tissue around your teeth. Gingival hyperplasia can make your gums appear more prominent than your teeth. It can be caused by poor oral hygiene or prescription medications. These include antiseizure drugs, calcium channel blockers (nifedipine, verapamil, and diltiazem), or immunosuppressants. If you are taking these drugs, make certain you are paying close attention to your teeth and gum care.

Dry Mouth

Over 400 drugs can trigger or exacerbate dry mouth. This long list includes, but is not limited to; antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, high blood pressure medicines, and muscle relaxers.

Chronic dry mouth can increase the risk of tooth decay. Saliva contains minerals that help enamel stay strong. Saliva also plays a role in controlling plaque.

When you come into Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, be prepared to let us know which prescription meds you are taking along with the dosage. This helps us provide the best care possible. Patients from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to us for family and cosmetic 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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Missing Teeth? 5 Things You Need To Know About Dentures

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This post from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall covers five things you should know about dentures.

1. Dentures are not the only replacement choice for missing teeth. Dental implants used alone or in combination with a partial denture is often a better option for patients. Whereas a removable appliance replaces only the visible parts of teeth, an implant replaces both the root and crown of a tooth. This has important implications. Dental implants can prohibit bone recession that typically occurs following tooth extractions. Dental implants can deliver patients the near-normal ability to chew and speak.

2. There are more than one type of denture. Most individuals are familiar with the removable denture that replaces a complete upper or lower arch. There are also partial dentures that are used for patients who have some existing teeth. Partial dentures can be fixed in the mouth or detachable.

3. Even if you have worn dentures for a while, you may be a suitable candidate for implant-anchored dentures. The vital factor is whether or not you have enough bone to support an implant. Bone grafting can augment natural bone for some implant patients. Schedule an appointment with dentist Karen Williamson to find out if you are a good candidate.

4. Regardless of your tooth replacement configuration—full dentures, partial dentures, or tooth implants—you still need to practice correct oral hygiene. Removable appliances should be cleaned daily.

5. Even if you have no natural teeth left, it’s essential that you have biannual dental examination. Optimal oral health is a fundamental component of overall physical well-being. We will examine your mouth for indications of diseases like cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. It is also a good idea for your dentist to examine the condition of your appliance at your visit.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we have placed a lot of dental implants. People from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to our office for implants and other 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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Rockwall Parents: Do You Know AAP Recommendations?

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In this post from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we bring an important message to new parents or parents-to-be.

For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents to begin children’s dentist visits before the third birthday.

The AAP and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has updated that advisory and counsels parents to take their child to a dentist before the first birthday, or within six months of when the  first tooth appears.

Why? Prevention, prevention, prevention! Sadly, even though pediatricians counsel parents about children’s oral health, dentists find advanced tooth decay in very young children.

Furthermore, high-risk kids should be seen as early as possible. Here are some of the risk factors:

  • Sleeping with a bottle
  • Drinking juice continually during the day
  • Abnormal tooth development including demineralization and staining
  • Thumb sucking
  • Tooth grinding
  • A mother with acute decay
  • Other health dilemmas

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall our family dentistry is for everyone in your household. People from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate also come to us for our cosmetic 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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What is the Recovery Time for a Dental Implant?

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Once one of our patients at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall decides to go ahead with a dental implant, one of the first things they want to know is: how long is the recovery time?

Our answer? It’s difficult to predict, because every case is different. There are various factors that go into the process, but not all of them apply to each case.

Some of the issues include:

  • Any failing teeth? In addition to the lost tooth the dental implant replaces, patients sometimes have unhealthy teeth that need to be removed before the implant goes ahead. That extends the entire process.
  • Bone grafting? If there has been significant bone recession, we’ll need to boost the patient’s bone mass. This is usually done with a graft, which promotes new bone growth.
  • Osseointegration. This is a big word that means, quite simply, the process of the implant post fusing with the bone. We usually allow for about two months, but sometimes it’s faster and sometimes slower. Once the post has fused, it is strong enough to support a replacement tooth.

These are the main variables. It may sound like a lot, and sometimes it is. But it’s worth it! A new dental implant looks and functions like a natural tooth, restoring not only your smile, but your ability to bite and chew.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall dental implants can replace a single tooth, or support a full dental arch. People from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate also come to our office for family 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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What is a Sleep Study?

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Sleep apnea is a disorder that can lead to serious health issues. It’s treatable at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, but before treatment can begin we need an accurate diagnosis, and the results of a sleep study.

Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops and starts during sleep. It can happen dozens of times. There are three main types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea is when throat muscles relax, cutting off oxygen to the brain.
  • Central sleep apnea, when the brain does not properly communicate with the muscles that control breathing.
  • Complex sleep apnea involves both obstructive and central sleep apneas.

A sleep study involves measuring brain activity during sleep. The data that is collected gives a revealing picture of your sleep patterns, from how often you roll over to how much time you spend in light and deep sleep stages. It is a key to the most accurate diagnosis.

Sleep Studies

Sleep centers have popped up all over in recent years. Sometimes they are within a hospital and sometimes not. The tests they conduct may be done in an on-site sleep lab, or in your home.

With each, a series of sensors are attached to your head and body. These sensors connect by wire to a computer, which gathers and stores data while you sleep. From there, we can determine the best course of action.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we can treat sleep apnea. Patients from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate have come to our office to find relief. We also offer complete family dentistry. Please 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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Rather Have A Root Canal?

Rockwall EndodonticsHave you ever heard the phrase ‘I’d rather have a root canal’ to describe something painful or unpleasant? At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall TX, we perform root canal therapy routinely for our patients and many report minimal discomfort.

Root canal procedures have advanced significantly in recent years. For many root canal patients, the procedure is no more stressful than getting a filling.

A Straightforward Procedure

Root canals are not all that complicated. The most important thing to remember is that the procedure is done to save an infected or damaged tooth. We do that by cleaning out the infection inside, filling the space that leaves, and sealing it.

  • Teeth have had a root canal can last a lifetime.
  • Most patients say their root canals were virtually painless – not much different than having a cavity filled.

One reason for that is modern anesthetics. They are better than ever. We begin with a local anesthetic, and that’s enough for a lot of patients. We also have stronger options.

Root canals are usually completed in just one appointment. It takes about two hours to complete the procedure. You may need to schdedule a follow-up for a crown or filling, but in simple cases everything can be done in just one session.

At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall TX, root canals don’t live up to their bad reputation. Patients from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate call us for general and restorative dentistry. Call 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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Restoring Smiles

Restoring Smiles at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in RockwallWe believe a good smile is essential for putting your best face forward. At Karen E Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we use cosmetic dentistry to make smiles better than ever!

Some patients have only a few dilemmas they wish to repair. Perhaps one or two teeth are misshapen and seem out of alignment. If the problem teeth are only superficially crooked—meaning they do not need to be moved into place with orthodontia—porcelain veneers may be the solution. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells that are attached to the front of one or more teeth. They are extremely versatile and can correct shape, color, or both.

Another plus: porcelain veneers are essentially non-invasive and do not influence healthy tooth structure.

Some men and women were happy with their smile in years past but now want to bring up the whiteness a notch or two. Professional teeth whitening can help.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, cosmetic dentistry restores smiles and improves lives. People from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate have trusted us to transform their smiles. We also offer complete family 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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How Long Should You Brush?

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At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX we recommend brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, every time you brush. Most people think they brush that long but would be surprised if they actually set a timer. Many of us only brush for about a minute, if that.

Essential Dental Health
Brushing your teeth is an important part of any dental health routine. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, and with a soft-bristled toothbrush. We strongly recommend flossing, too. Before or after you brush? The jury remains out on that one. We think before is better, but the most important thing is that you do it.

Be sure to get all over your teeth: the front and the sides, inside and out, and the tops. When you do the sides, be sure you brush along the gumline. Use a gentle touch, and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle.

As you do the front and side surfaces, move the brush in gentle, circular strokes.

Toothpaste
Use a pea-sized blob of fluoridated toothpaste – or more than pea-sized, if you’re so inclined. Too much toothpaste is no big deal, but be sure to use enough.

Be sure the head of the toothbrush isn’t too big, especially if you have a smaller mouth. It needs to fit easily between your cheeks and gums. The handle is less important. Make sure it feels comfortable in your hand. Replace your toothbrush every three months, if not more often.

Tooth Massage
Plaque is soft and loose, so you don’t have to brush very hard to remove it. Think of it not so much as brushing, but massaging your teeth.

And remember, brush for at least two minutes! If you’re running late, and are tempted to cut it short, resist. If it helps, use a stopwatch.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. People from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to our practice for general 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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Is Your Smile In A World Of Hurt?

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Do you have extreme tooth damage, bone loss, or few to no remaining teeth? This post from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall is for anyone whose mouth is in a world of hurt.

We understand how dental issues impact you every day of your life. Whatever the cause of the condition – severe mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health – there is hope.

Restorative dentistry can renew your healthy, attractive smile – or give you the stunning smile you never had. Patients who undergo full mouth reconstruction regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally. How would that affect your life?

Full mouth reconstruction (sometimes called full mouth restoration)  refers to a combination of dental procedures that restore a smile for people with multiple damaged or missing teeth. Treatment may include crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, white filling replacement, or dental implants.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we offer a rull range of restorative dentistry procedures that don’t simply renew your smile: they can give you back a big part of your life. Patients from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate also come to our practice for complete general dentistry. 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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3 Reliable Steps To Find The Best Rockwall, Texas Dentist

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Looking for a new dentist? Maybe you’re new in town, or maybe you’re just looking for a change. Whatever the reason, Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall has some suggestions you may find useful.

It isn’t a decision you want to take lightly. Ideally you should establish a relationship that you can count on for years to come. Asking your family and friends is a tried-and-true method, but since that’s one of the first things you’re likely to think of, we’ll share a few other ideas.

  1. If you’re moving, ask your current dentist for a recommendation in your new town.
  2. Ask your physician
  3. Try the local or state dental society.

Establish a short list of potential new dentists. From there, call or visit each one before making up your mind. Be sure to read online reviews, too, to see what others in your town have to say.

Considerations

Keep in mind the following:

  1. Does a practice take your insurance? Even if they are out of your network, a practice may submit claims to all insurance providers. Be sure to ask.
  2. Where is the office? You know what real estate agents say: location, location, location! Make sure the office is conveniently located. That may mean they are close to your job. Don’t forget to find out their office hours.
  3. Specialties. Not all practices perform every dental procedure. So may not extract wisdom teeth, while others may not offer dental sedation. Learn as much as you can before committing to anything.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we are committed to excellence in dentistry. People from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to our practice for general and cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Please 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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