7 Steps For A Healthy Smile

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The famous saying was coined in regards to fire safety. But like all timeless quotes, it applies to many more aspects of modern life. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX , we apply it to dental health.

Keeping your smile beautiful and healthy is done most effectively with preventative measures. Some essential guidelines are highlighted here.

Important Guidelines

  • Brush your teeth. Do it twice a day without fail, for two minutes. Be sure to use an ADA approved toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • Don’t forget the floss. Flossing between your teeth daily will do wonders for your teeth and keep your gums healthy too.
  • Wear a protective mouthguard when joining in an activity where your mouth could possibly be damaged.
  • Avoid smoking and sugary foods.
  • Piercings put you at greater risk for chipped teeth, infection, and nerve damage, so if you have them, make sure to keep your mouth extra clean!
  • Schedule regular dental visits.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX we want all our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums. People from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to our office for full cosmetic dentistry services. Request an appointment and schedule your next cleaning and 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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Has Your Smile Lost Its Luster?

Has Your Smile Lost Its Luster?

Has your smile lost its luster? Are your teeth discolored? If flashing a pearly white smile is important to you, cosmetic dentistry from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX can help.

Whether your teeth have been stained by years of sipping dark-colored drinks, or smoking has left them brown and dull, we can restore the whiteness and give new life to your smile.

Maybe you have injured a tooth, causing it to turn gray. We offer several solutions to restore the color to a tooth. When you come in for a consultation, we will determine which cosmetic dental procedure is optimal for your teeth.

Two of the most popular procedures we offer are porcelain veneers and teeth whitening.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic. They are permanently attached to the front of your teeth. People love them because they mask flaws like cracks and chips, and gaps between teeth.

Teeth whitening can transform discolored teeth, removing years of stains or yellowing. We offer in-office procedures and our formulas are far more powerful than any over-the-counter toothpaste or store-bought kit.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we restore smiles with cosmetic dentistry every day. People from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate trust us with their smiles, and also come to our office for family dentistry. Request 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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Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

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Are your teeth becoming yellow? Do you miss that pearly white smile of your youth? If so, you are not alone! At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, one of the most common problems our dental patients exhibit is that of yellowing teeth. Though we offer top-of-the line teeth whitening services, our patients will often ask us whether over-the-counter tooth-whitening agents can achieve that same effect. We are here to set the record straight!

Because many dental products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes claim to be able to enhance your teeth, it is understandable that there should be some confusion as to how effective they really are. Most of the time, changing your toothpaste to one with a whitening agent can’t hurt, as these products contain safe chemical additives that gently polish and whiten teeth. However, these substances can only remove stains that are on the surface of the teeth. This commonly results in whitening by roughly one shade. On the other hand, quick, in-office procedures usually enhance your teeth anywhere from three to eight shades. Quite a difference!

So there you have it! A whitening toothpaste, while helpful on a superficial level, does not compare to in-office whitening. Why not swing by Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX and schedule a whitening today? We also offer veneers, crowns, dental implants, and gum disease treatment. Most of our clients see the dramatic results of their in-office whitening and decide to go for the whole smile makeover!

If you are looking for quality dental care in the Royse City, Backland, Heath, or Fate areas, contact 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 Most Important Procedure For Smile Makeover Patients

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If you want to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry, please give us a call at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX to schedule a consultation – perhaps the most important part of any smile makeover.

It’s during your consultation we have a chance to talk about the following issues:

  • Your vision and expectations of how you want your smile to look.
  • The current condition of your dental health.
  • The characteristics of your teeth and gums that you wish to repair.
  • The combination of treatments necessary to reach your goal.
  • Your options for how to schedule the makeover process (all at once or over time).
  • Answers to all of your questions and concerns.

You’ll also have an opportunity to see before and after pictures of smile redesign patients.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, effective cosmetic dentistry consultations ensure complete patient satisfaction. We’ve improved the smiles of people from all over Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate, who also come to our practice for dental implants and much more. Schedule a consultlation 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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Versatile Veneers For A Vivid Smile

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Have you ever wished you could quickly attach perfectly shaped, dazzling white front surfaces to your teeth? Guess what? You can! With porcelain veneers, you can eliminate smile imperfections in just one visit to your outstanding Rockwall cosmetic dental office.

Simple procedure, dramatic results

The advanced porcelain veneer is one of the most versatile items in a cosmetic dentist’s toolbox. Veneers turn unattractive smiles into beautiful smiles with minimal disruption to the existing tooth structure. They are quicker and usually less pricey than complete crowns but are made with the same durable, translucent porcelain.

A celebrity smile secret

It’s no that wonder that a very large percentage of men and women in the public eye have porcelain veneers. An actress can receive a perfect smile in the morning and appear on a talk show that evening. A supermodel can permanently remedy a discolored tooth speedy and pose for photos right after leaving her dental office. A local television news anchor can have his teeth perfectly aligned in a couple of hours and report Texas news that same day.

Trust an experienced cosmetic dentist in Rockwall

I am Karen Williamson of Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall, Texas. I have carried out hundreds of veneer placements—alone and in combination with crowns, inlays/onlays, and tooth implants for dramatic smile makeovers. Perhaps you should consider veneers as the best way to attain your brilliant 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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The 4 Stages of Gum Disease

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You may be wondering why sometimes your gums are red and swollen, or your breath is bad. Maybe you’re just concerned with improving your dental health and want to be more aware for your next appointment. Learn about the four stages of gum disease you may be overlooking when thinking of your overall oral health needs.

GINGIVITIS

Try not to worry if your dentist recently diagnosed you with gingivitis. There is still hope for a full recovery and you can take action to prevent the condition from worsening. The main symptoms of gingivitis include red or swollen gums that cause discomfort while brushing and flossing. You may also notice undesirable breath on occasion. Gingivitis is typically caused by the buildup of bacteria on our teeth and along the gum line. The most common treatment is increased brushing and flossing in addition to more frequent dentist appointments. Be prepared to visit the dentist every 3 months for deep cleanings and professional care instead of the usual semi-annual checkups.

EARLY STAGE PERIODONTAL DISEASE

Unfortunately, if you hear “periodontal disease” or “periodontitis” in your next dentist appointment, you may be at risk of more serious effects. This means an infection has spread beneath your gums allowing harmful bacteria to slowly destroy the bone holding your teeth in place. Slight periodontal disease is the next step in the development of gum disease (or periodontal disease). This may lead to redness and swelling of the gums, foul breath and recurrent bleeding during brushing and flossing. It can be concerning any time our gums bleed while flossing, but it isn’t always a sign of gum disease and may simply be from deficient dental hygiene. Also, early stage periodontal disease can’t be entirely reversed, but your dentist can develop a treatment plan to keep it from getting worse.

MODERATE PERIODONTAL DISEASE

Moderate periodontal disease can also be managed by your dentist, but involves more advanced care. Your dentist will need to clear away plaque from below the gum line (this same treatment may also be used with early stage periodontal disease) in order to help correct the condition. Since your gums are slowly detaching from your teeth at this stage, surgery can reshape your gums and close the pockets between your gums and teeth to reduce plaque buildup. This may sound intimidating, but don’t worry too much! With exceptional self-care and one of our savvy oral hygienists at your side you can still prevent this condition from worsening.

ADVANCED PERIODONTAL DISEASE

The last stage of periodontitis creates the most devastating impact on your oral health. Most of the time dentists will use surgery to prevent tooth loss. Flap surgery is common for this stage and involves cleaning the actual roots of your teeth by scrubbing behind your gums. Your dentist may also smooth or reshape your compromised bone to prevent bacteria from accumulating.

However, keep in mind all of us are in control of our dental health. Occasionally genetic conditions can weaken our immune system and harm our gums and teeth, worsening periodontitis, but usually, we can prevent acute conditions like this from progressing by practicing proper oral hygiene.

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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There Is Hope For Denture Wearers

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The condition of your teeth has a considerable impact on your high quality of life. Denture wearers understand this all too well. The path from a healthy smile to a toothless mouth is downhill. Tooth decay and gum disease are painful. Treatment such as fillings and root canals can strain the budget. If the teeth can’t be saved, tooth extraction brings more physical and psychological pain. Extraction can result in bone recession.

The Drawbacks of Dentures

While dentures are better than having no teeth at all, they certainly come with a host of drawbacks. They can irritate gums and make breathing, eating, tasting food, talking, and laughing problematic. And dentures are not a once-and-your-done answer for missing teeth. As the jaw shrinks, they necessitate relines.

Stop The Progression

But there is hope on the horizon! Dental implant technology can improve the quality of life for people who have been wearing conventional dentures. To a certain extent, implants stop the downhill progression of declining oral health due to tooth loss.

Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor overdentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow your dentist to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are placed into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a durable base for an overdenture.

Restore Chewing Ability

Did you know that some denture wearers retain only ten percent of their chewing ability? Implant-supported dentures can halt bone recession and restore near-normal chewing ability. Improved chewing function with implants can result in better nutrition and overall physical health and vitality. The psychological benefits are equally valuable. When Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A patients are free of embarrassing denture-slipping, they are happier, more self-assured, and socialize more frequently.

Before you spend money on another denture reline, talk to your dentist about denture-stabilization implants.

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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Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A Patients Have A Choice In Dental Fillings

Rockwall Dental Patients Want A Choice In Dental Fillings

With all the talk in Rockwall of multi-procedure smile makeovers involving veneers, porcelain crowns, bridges, teeth whitening, dental implants, and invisible braces, sometimes the traditional dental filling is overlooked.

If a cavity progresses no further than a filling, Texas cosmetic dental patients can avoid more extensive and invasive treatments. Today, let’s talk about dental fillings.

Most dental patients in the Rockwall and Rockwall area have a few fillings in their mouths. When a tooth has been damaged through decay, a dental filling is the most common way Texas family dentists restore the tooth to its previous, intact condition.

Dental fillings have been used for over a hundred years, and they’ve come a long way from the silvery amalgam fillings many of us in the Royse City, Backland, and Heath, McLendon-Chisholm areas remember.

Rockwall cosmetic dentists and dental labs have been working to formulate filling materials that are more cosmetically pleasing to their Texas patients.

Today, the filling material of choice in Rockwall and around the country is a composite of plastic resin with glass or quartz filler. Referred to as composite fillings, Rockwall dental patients love the fact that they can be matched to their natural tooth color, making them practically invisible. This is particularly important when the filling needs to be in a conspicuous part of the mouth, such as the front teeth.

Despite the popularity of tooth-colored fillings, many Rockwall dentists still find amalgam fillings appropriate in some cases. Dental amalgam is made from a metal alloy, which gives it the ability to hold strong even when the chewing load is great.

I’m dentist Karen Williamson and I work hard to make sure each patient feels comfortable during their dental visit. I’ve practiced dentistry since 1993, and I find it especially rewarding when Royse City, Backland, and Heath,McLendon-Chisholm residents experience renewed confidence after a smile makeover.

Whether you are interested in replacing metal fillings with composites, or if you want to discuss tooth whitening and veneers, our staff would be happy to answer any questions you have.

Call 469-402-0024 today to schedule an appointment with Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A!

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 It Growing In Your Mouth?

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Believe it or not plaque can rear its ugly head in any Rockwall mouth – even yours – no matter how meticulous you try to be. If you have deep grooves, watch out. If you have a receding gum line, watch out. If you are a candy-loving Rockwall resident with the proverbial sweet tooth, watch out.

The plaque process goes something like this:
Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it will start to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture.) This bacteria will feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities will originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process, i.e. regular daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping.

A fabulous smile with fabulous teeth isn’t always the reality for Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, and Heath,McLendon-Chisholm folks. We encourage anyone in the Rockwall area who is unhappy with their smile to consider the benefits of a smile makeover.

Cosmetic dentistry can be a significant investment but the truth of just how much it will cost for veneers, braces, dental implants and even teeth whitening may surprise you. At our Rockwall cosmetic dentistry office, you can expect to learn about cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, orthodontics, restorative dentistry, and any number of other dental services.

Karen Williamson has been serving the Rockwall area since 1993. Call 469-402-0024 to schedule a consultation.

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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To Chew Or Not To Chew

To Chew Or Not To Chew In Rockwall

Hello gum chewers, today we’re going to talk about that sticky wad in your mouth. You know that it can freshen your breath, but can it really help shield your smile from tooth decay?

It really depends on the type of gum. Chewing regular sucrose-based gum can be beneficial in removing bits of food from the surface of teeth, but that benefit is negated by the stream of sugar washing over your teeth as you chew.

However, gum with some alternative sweeteners has an added benefit for your pearly whites. Xylitol is a sweetener that not only has fewer calories than traditional sugars, but it also has antimicrobial properties that curtail plaque build-up. This means that xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes tooth decay.

So if you’re headed out to a restaurant, bring a pack of sugar-free gum with you and pop it in your mouth when your meal is done. Of course, brushing and flossing are the optimal practices for your oral health, but when you can’t brush, choose a sugarless gum with xylitol.

I’m dentist Karen Williamson of Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A. We offer cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening. If you have any questions about how to improve your oral health, or if you would like specifics about any of our cutting-edge cosmetic dental procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, or complete smile redesigns, give us a call today at 469-402-0024.

Call our friendly team today for an appointment!

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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