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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Unexplained Headaches Or Jaw Pain?

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Hello! I’m Karen Williamson, DDS, of Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall. I have been practicing quality general and cosmetic dentistry since 1993. Today’s post focuses on malocclusion, or a bad bite.

Malocclusion is the dental term for a problem in the way your top and bottom teeth come together. The ideal bite is when the upper teeth are slightly forward of the lower teeth. You have probably heard of “overbites” and “underbites” but the two arches can be misaligned in many other ways as well. Crowded teeth can also cause a bad bite, as well as the opposite situation – teeth that are too far apart.

If the misalignment is very slight, there are often no related problems. However, if the malocclusion is moderate to severe, the patient is at risk for many other health issues such as difficulty chewing and speaking, headaches, hearing problems, increased decay, jaw pain, and gum disease.

The domino effect of these problems can get pretty serious. For example, chewing difficulty can trigger ulcers and gum disease increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Consider also how these problems can impact a patient’s emotional well-being and capacity to perform their job.

Putting health issues aside, these problems can get pretty expensive to treat.

There are several effective treatments for malocclusion, but first, you need a diagnosis. If you suspect that you have a misaligned bite, I hope this post has given you some good reasons to communicate with dentist Karen Williamson. Call 469-402-0024 to schedule a consultation and exam.

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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Unexpected Stress? Don’t Forget Your Smile

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When you suddenly have to juggle extra balls, some are bound to get dropped. Perhaps you are going through a divorce or became the caregiver for an ailing parent. Perhaps you took on a second job or started night school to earn an advanced degree.

Not every stressor is negative. A new baby, marriage, career, or move can be exciting but overwhelming. It’s okay – and sometimes helpful – to drop some of the balls. You can probably let another parent take over room mother duties for a few weeks, forego a haircut, or skip poker night until things calm down.

When life hands you extra challenges it is easy to get lax about oral hygiene. Sometimes you feel too exhausted to brush or floss and skip regular check-ups and cleanings. dentist Karen Williamson wants to remind you to consider the possible consequences of neglecting your smile.
1. Tooth decay
2. Gum disease
2. Tooth and gum pain
3. Bad breath
4. Infection
5. Tooth loss

Your plate is already full – you don’t want to add poor oral health and the associated expense and inconvenience required to treat advanced dilemmas.

Let the car go unwashed for a few weeks. Record your favorite show to watch later when things slow down. Postpone that kitchen remodel. But keep your smile healthy – it really will make your life easier, healthier, and happier.

Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall provides gentle, comprehensive dental care for the whole family. Our services include:
teeth whitening
restorative dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
orthodontics

dentist Williamson is a member of American Dental Association. You can learn more about American Dental Association at http://ada.org. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, we invite you to call us at 469-402-0024 and schedule an exam and cleaning. Our considerate team will make you feel comfortable and relaxed. There is no need to feel ashamed about plaque build-up or a cavity. We completely understand how stressful life can get and love helping our Rockwall area patients get back on track.

“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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Think A Missing Back Tooth Is No Big Deal?

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Most people are embarrassed by a missing tooth in the front of the mouth. It may not be fair, but a gaping hole would have negative connotations for just about anyone. We can address that issue with a dental implant, at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall.

But what about a missing molar? Someone who loses a back tooth is more likely to leave the gap. “You can’t really see it when I smile, right?” “I have another molar back there, I can chew with that one.” If the tooth had been hurting, sometimes they are so relieved that the pain is gone, they consider an extraction the final answer.

Bone Recession

Since we can’t see the bone that anchors our tooth roots, we may not consider its condition. The health of a jawbone plays an essential role in overall oral health.

When a tooth is extracted, the bone at the extraction site begins to shrink and recede. A dental implant prevents that: it replaces the tooth root and maintains the health of the bone.

A dental implant is a titanium post that gets inserted into the jaw. One implant can support an artificial tooth, and several of them can support a dental bridge, or even a full dental arch (denture).

The implant not only supports a replacement tooth and prevents bone recession. It also helps neighboring teeth from shifting and rotating.

To find out more about dental implants, please schedule an appointment with us at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall. People from Rockwall, Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate also come to our practice for complete cosmetic dentistry and other services. 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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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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Wear A Crown In Rockwall

Wear A Crown In Rockwall

Dental crowns are among the restorative procedures we use most at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall. Crowns restore and protect a tooth that has been damaged, or had dental work. Each crown is custom-made to fit the tooth it is for.

This type of crown is sometimes called a “cap” because of the way they fit over the tooth. The purpose of the crown is to restore the tooth’s shape and size, and also its functionality. Once the crown is cemented into place it completely covers the visible portion of the tooth.

Some of the reasons we place a crown over a tooth:

  • It may have been badly chipped or broken
  • There may be a cavity too big to fill
  • A restoration after a root canal
  • Discoloration, or a similar cosmetic reason

When a crown is used as a restoration there is usually a temporary one before the final one. The temporary is used to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is made in a dental lab. A temporary crown is, of course, not as strong as a permanent crown, and patients need to be aware of that.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall we offer CEREC same-day crowns. Patients come to our practice from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate for crowns and other restorative dentistry, and much more. 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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Tooth Restoration: Dental Implants And Dental Bridges

Rockwall Dental Implants and Dental BridgesTooth replacement has been a highly requested dental service at Karen E Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX. When our patients want information about tooth restoration, we usually tell them about fixed (or traditional) dental bridges and dental implants.

A dental bridge is an artificial tooth that replaces a missing tooth. The false tooth—called a pontic—is fused to porcelain crowns on either side of the extracted tooth.

Dental Implants Replace the Root and Crown

Dental implants are also popular and can often be a better choice. A dental implant includes a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.

After it has bonded with the bone (it usually takes three to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then affixed. The entire process takes several months, but consistently yields extraordinary results.

Preserving Facial Contour

Both of these tooth replacements maintain or restore facial contour and allow you to talk and eat normally. Tooth replacements prevent adjoining teeth from gradually shifting and can help correct bite problems, as well.

Dental implants and bridges are among the restorative dentistry procedures available at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX. Other services include 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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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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