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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Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

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Regular check-ups and cleanings at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall are essential for good dental health. But some people tend to have gums that bleed after a thorough cleaning, causing them concern.

Is this a problem? Well, it depends. If your gums bleed for a couple days after your dental cleaning, don’t worry about it. But, if the bleeding and tenderness last longer, you should be checked for the possibility of gum disease.

Gum disease arises when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also see bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

It is a progressive condition and a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It is also treatable, but as with most conditions, the earlier it is diagnosed and the treatment begins, the better.

We treat gum disease at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall. Patients from throughout Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate know they can trust us with their dental health. They also come to our practice for dental implants, and all their dental care needs. 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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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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Why Look For The Seal?

Look For The Seal In Rockwall

When you go to a drugstore or supermarket looking for toothpaste, mouthwash, teeth whitener, or other oral care product, make sure that it carries the seal of the American Dental Association. This is a simple way to make wise choices for the products you need to keep your mouth clean, healthy, and free of cavities.

You can rely on the American Dental Association (ADA), which only places its seal on a product after it has been evaluated to be safe as well as effective. This often means that companies have to meet standards even higher than those required by law.

Making sure to purchase products with the seal is practically like shopping with your Rockwall dentist or dental hygienist right by your side!

Hi, I’m dentist Karen Williamson of Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall. We also serve the Royse City, Backland, and Heath, McLendon-Chisholm areas. We take pride in caring for our patients and, like the ADA, want you to have a healthy, beautiful smile.

Many of our patients want information about smile redesigns. If you’d like to know what cutting-edge cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile, schedule an appointment and we’ll guide you on possible courses of treatment.

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 Is Here For You

Rockwall family dentalHello, I’m Karen Williamson of Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A, a reputable dental practice in Rockwall, Texas.

The friendly team at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A would love to help you with any of your dental needs:

  • Immediate remedies for any pressing dental issues
  • A gentle, friendly dentist
  • Experienced care for patients with chronic health conditions such as cancer or diabetes
  • A cosmetic dentist who seeks ongoing training on the latest procedures and materials
  • An inviting dental office with amenities that make your visit comfortable and pleasant
  • A dental practice in Rockwall that focuses on preventative care

My team of dental professionals at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A has been serving the Rockwall area since 1993. We provide preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to patients of all ages.

We are located at 560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX, in Rockwall, Texas. We offer comprehensive dental services including cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening. Our passion is providing exceptional care for our valued patients. To make an appointment, call us at 469-402-0024.

I look forward to being your Rockwall dentist of choice.

Your Dental Home

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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Did You Know That You Can Change the Shape of Your Gums?

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Most dental patients know that cosmetic, restorative and orthodontic dentistry procedures improve your teeth. There are treatments to reshape teeth, straighten teeth, correct damaged teeth, whiten teeth, and replace missing teeth. But what about your gums? Do you understand how much gum shape adds or detracts from the appearance of your smile?

You Can Contour Your Gums

The shape and size of your gumline can make your teeth appear too large or too small or otherwise out of proportion. Gum contouring can fix gums that appear too low or too high in relation to the teeth and customize them for the perfect smile.

People who are unhappy with their gums might want to consider gum contouring. Many dentists and periodontists offer gum contouring surgery.

Gingival Sculpting

This procedure is also called gingival sculpting, gingival contouring, or gum graft surgery, but don’t let the term surgery frighten you. Gingival sculpting is done with a laser. It is minimally invasive. The procedure usually involves little pain and requires no recovery time.

Gum Contouring Can Treat Gum Recession

Gum reshaping is not always done for purely cosmetic reasons, it is also used to treat gum recession, a common condition that can lead to decay and tooth loss.

In gum graft surgery, soft tissue is commonly taken either from the roof of the mouth, the area surrounding the site of the grafting, or a tissue bank. Soft tissue grafts used to cover exposed tooth roots protect teeth from receding gums and can relieve sensitivity. Of course, gum grafts often increase the attractiveness of the smile in the process.

If you are seeking more specifics about gum contouring or other dental procedures, call Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A today at 469-402-0024 to schedule a consultation.

We provide quality dentistry to patients in Rockwall and the greater Rockwall area.

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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Cosmetic Dentistry vs. General Dentistry

Rockwall Cosmetic Dentistry

Today’s article describes how general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry are different.

General dentists are dedicated to preventing and treating oral diseases such as cavities and gum disease. When a problem is diagnosed, let’s say, a cavity between two teeth, a general dentist will establish the best way to restore the tooth involved.

Cosmetic dentists perform elective dental procedures that make a smile more attractive. Cosmetic dentistry procedures available at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A include teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding, veneers, inlays, onlays, and dental crowns.

Some dentists, like myself, offer both general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. In some cases, there is a cosmetic component to restorative procedures. For example, if a dental patient comes in after receiving an injury that chipped a front tooth, the tooth needs to be restored to prevent decay. The tooth is also less structurally sound, so it is vulnerable to further damage. In addition, the tooth affects the overall appearance of the smile. Depending on the specifics of the damage, there are several restorative options. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns are all used to repair a damaged tooth.

As you can see, there is not always a definitive line between general and cosmetic dentistry. At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A, my friendly team provides a full spectrum of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures.

We treat area patients of all ages: from toddlers just beginning to get their baby teeth to mature patients who remember the days when many people were afraid of dentists and their whiny drills. (Some of our wonderful elderly patients might have crowns that are older than our hygienists.)

Experienced dental professionals who provide pediatric, general, orthodontic, and cosmetic dental procedures can meet all of your family’s dental needs.

If you are looking for a full-service dental practice in the Rockwall area, I invite you to visit Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall. To schedule an oral examination or cosmetic dental smile makeover consultation, call 469-402-0024.

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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7 Ways To Fix A Chipped Tooth

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In a perfect world, each of your prized teeth would stay healthy, strong, and brilliantly white throughout your life. The truth is, however, that most Texas men and women will need to restore a tooth at some point.

A tooth can be compromised by tooth decay, enamel erosion, a chip or crack, gum disease, or injury. Sometimes old restorations break and need to be replaced or root canals performed decades ago develop an abscess.

Here are 7 different options for repairing a damaged tooth:

Dental Bonding
Bonding, officially called direct composite veneers, is used to fix minor cosmetic problems – small chips, cracks, discoloration, and spaces between teeth. A skilled cosmetic dentist applies moldable tooth-colored composite resin and shapes as desired. The resin is then cured with a special light to harden and adhere tightly to the tooth. Composite bonding is often the most cost-effective option for improving healthy teeth with minor cosmetic issues.

Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth. They are used when the underlying tooth is structurally sound and free of decay. A beautiful veneer can cover a chip or crack or repair the alignment of a tooth that appears slightly off-kilter as compared to surrounding teeth.

Fillings
Modern white fillings are strong and inconspicuous. A minimally invasive filling at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A leaves you with more of nature’s optimal dental material — your own enamel and dentin. We can also replace old amalgam fillings with white fillings. This makes your teeth look a lot better every time you open your mouth. Get rid of all that metal!

Inlays and Onlays
A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are produced in a dental lab, they are generally called indirect fillings. A less invasive inlay or onlay may be used instead of a traditional filling or, in some cases, a crown. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are typically smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.

Crowns
A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, stability, and function. A crown is frequently necessary for a tooth that has had a root canal, a tooth with extreme decay, or as the replacement tooth in a dental bridge. Attaching a crown to the abutment is the final step of a tooth implant procedure. Crowns can be made of all metal (such as gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin.

Soft Tissue Grafts
Gum recession puts teeth and underlying bone at risk. Soft tissue grafting can cover the exposed root of a tooth to avoid further damage. Gum surgery is also carried out for cosmetic reasons such as reshaping a gumline to eliminate a “gummy” smile.

Dental Implants
What if a tooth has to be extracted because it is beyond saving? For many Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A patients, a dental implant anchored into the bone is the optimal solution. A tooth implant consists of a strong metal post (artificial root), an abutment (connecting piece), and a beautiful crown. A dental implant has many advantages over a dental bridge. They are stronger, provide virtually natural function, avoid bone recession, and do not impact the surrounding teeth. For patients with several missing teeth, custom implant-anchored dentures can be designed in any configuration needed.

For more specifics about any of these procedures, call Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A at 469-402-0024. Thanks for visiting the Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A blog. We appreciate your interest in our Rockwall dental practice.

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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Worried About Dental Visits?

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“How can I overcome anxiety about visiting the dentist?”

1. Consider what the anxiety stems from. For example pain, injections, loss of control, personal space invasion, embarrassment about fear of the unknown.
2. Communicate these fears and concerns with your dentist.
3. Expect respectful consideration and open discussion about resolving issues of concern.

Dentist Karen Williamson has been helping anxious patients relax and feel comfortable since 1993.

Fear of pain is a natural human response. Not knowing what the process will entail can be scary. Allowing Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A to professionally address your concerns today makes tomorrow’s visits manageable for both parties.

We provide exceptional expertise in many areas of dentistry. Education, training, and certifications are important to our office conduct.

Please don’t let the unknown keep you from receiving the quality dental care that will ensure a healthy smile. We have answers to your dental questions.  You will value your healthy, beautiful smile long after you forget the anxiety of the dental process. Knowledge brings power to anyone afraid of dental care. dentist Karen Williamson can educate and provide information valuable to you from your first visit onward.

Call us to set up an informative meeting at 469-402-0024 whether you have urgent problems or simply need an exam and cleaning. Count on Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A to put you at ease.

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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Your Smile Says Keep Trying!

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Today’s message is for people who are frustrated because they haven’t been successful at making some changes that will benefit their oral health. We want to encourage you to keep trying and assure you that the team of dental professionals at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A is eager to help.

Keep Trying To Floss

Many people are dutiful about brushing and believe that it makes up for the lack of flossing. This is a misconception. Flossing is the only way to clean food debris and plaque from the gumline. Failure to floss can lead to periodontal disease which can, in turn, lead to tooth loss. We urge everyone to make it a habit to floss correctly every day. If you are not sure how to floss correctly, any one of the courteous dental hygienists at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A would be happy to teach you. (They’re the pros!) Call 469-402-0024 to schedule a professional dental cleaning a review on flossing.

Keep Trying to Overcome Dental Anxiety

Skipping dental checkups can have harmful, and in some cases, irreversible oral health consequences. Severe tooth decay or delayed diagnosis of oral cancer are two potential risks. If you are afraid of going to the dentist, you are not alone. This psychological disorder affects a significant portion of the population. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage this condition so you can undergo an exam and any necessary services. Talk to dentist Williamson if you or a family member suffers from dental anxiety. Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A delivers oral sedation and other help for uneasy patients.

Keep Trying to Quit Tobacco

Smoking is just as detrimental for your teeth and gums as it is for other parts of your body. If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to quit the habit, it’s clear that you value your health and want to lower your risk for all the issues caused or exacerbated by smoking, chewing, or vaping.

Many smokers do not kick the habit the first time. But there’s hope! According to the CDC, there are now more former smokers than present users. Each of those former smokers was once right where you are. Keep trying!

Sometimes a little help can make all the difference. Call Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A at 469-402-0024 to schedule an appointment.

Source:
The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services., Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014, accessed June 13, 2017

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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