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Dental Miracles Seen And Unseen At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

On February 17, 2017, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Quality dental care and cosmetic dental procudures can be extremely visible. Think porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and teeth whitening. Today, however, let’s talk about some purposefully unseen procedures that can contribute to a healthy, sensational smile. Today’s post will highlight three industry-leading cosmetic dental treatments: white fillings, invisible braces, and dental implants.

White Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings, white fillings, or invisible fillings are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural tooth color. These are fabricated out of strong composite resins and porcelains. If you would like to get rid of the silver amalgam fillings in your teeth, white fillings are the answer. You can’t go back and eliminate those cavities, but you can make the silver disappear.

Invisible Braces
Orthodontia has become less visible with the availability of invisible braces. Custom invisible braces are worn either over teeth or behind the teeth. Invisible braces are effective and convenient. Though they are not always the best tooth-straightening option, they have helped many dental patients align their teeth for a dramatic improvement in their smile.

Dental Implants
Sure, the crown of a tooth implant is clearly visible. But the critical part – the component that makes them so much stronger than a dental bridge – is anchored into your jawbone. A titanium post secures your restoration to offer the look, feel, and strength of a natural tooth. If you are missing one or more teeth, look at dental implants.

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS we are passionate about creating appealing smiles for our valued Texas dental patients. We provide a full menu of general, preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatments including complete smile makeovers.

Some of our most popular treatments at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS include sedation dentistry, dental crowns, and root canals. Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS today at 210-428-6535 to schedule an informative consultation.

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

Tooth Whitening Dentistry In San Antonio

On February 10, 2017, in Teeth Whitening, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Tooth Whitening Dentistry In San Antonio One of the easiest ways to brighten your smile is to have your teeth whitened. There are several options when it comes to tooth whitening systems. You can choose from a selection of over-the-counter tooth whitening products at your local San Antonio drug store, or you can rely on your San Antonio dentist.

It is a good idea to consult with your dentist before using OTC tooth whitening products. Your dentist knows your teeth and dental history and can recommend a tooth bleaching product best suited for you.

There are many variables when it comes to tooth whitening. The color of your teeth at the beginning of your treatment will influence the end result. Other factors include existing cosmetic dentistry such as crowns and dental bonding, gum health, and tooth sensitivity. Your San Antonio dentist has experience treating tooth discoloration and understands the benefits and drawbacks of the available methods.

Your San Antonio dentist may offer a tooth whitening solution that you can take home with you. In some cases, your San Antonio dentist may recommend a professional treatment that is done at the dentist’s office. Professional tooth whitening can produce dramatic results in a single treatment, but is often done over a few treatments.

Tooth whitening in the San Antonio area is less expensive than it was in the earlier days of tooth whitening technology. Today, tooth whitening treatments are very affordable.

If you are interested in tooth whitening and live in the San Antonio area, please call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS to make an appointment for a tooth whitening consultation.

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

6 Things You Should Know Before Having Oral Surgery

On February 3, 2017, in Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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When it comes to preparing for oral surgery,  the admired patients of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS are given 6 important instructions to get them through from start to finish.

First, Choose Wisely
Understanding the pros and cons of a procedure helps you attain the prime outcome. This important knowledge about your dental experience opens up a conversation with our staff. Which leads us to the next instruction:

Second, Question Up Front
Before calling 210-428-6535 to schedule an appointment for a desired procedure, please schedule a consultation to answer these 4 important questions:
-What are the alternatives to having it done?
-Why is this the best option?
-How many visits should I expect?
-What kind of complications or risks are there?
(After you’ve asked your questions, we’ll ask ours.)

Third, Update Records
This is not just for billing purposes. The conscientious staff here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS want to prepare for any emergency. Making sure your personal contact information is up-to-date helps us convey critical specifics to you post-procedure.

Fourth, Be Honest
While Dr. William Stewart has a gentle, caring touch, we find that slight pinches and cramping and other pain can arise while you are in our chair. When the doctor asks if you are comfortable, please, please be honest. We understand it is difficult to communicate clearly when your mouth is inundated with tools. Experience has helped us to read your cues. Let us make you as comfortable as possible.

Fifth, Rest and Recover
After any extensive procedure, it is critical to allow a period of rest for your mouth. This rest period may vary depending on how the procedure goes. This instruction will be given to you along with any other required recovery instructions. Follow these as issued.

Finally, Sixth, Accept our Thanks
We appreciate your business and we appreciate the way the San Antonio communities have spread the word that William J. Stewart Jr. DDS is San Antonio’s best kept dental secret located right here at 13220 Huebner Rd San Antonio, Texas or on the web at http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/. We are so grateful for the trust you’ve placed in our hands. Thank you.

We would love to have you invite your friends to enjoy the same excellent service and care we’ve given you whether they need root canals, clear braces, sedation dentistry teeth whitening, dental crowns, or details on how to improve general oral hygiene. We are here to serve.

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

Smile Transformations At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

On January 27, 2017, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Hello friends of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS! Today’s post is for San Antonio men and women who aren’t happy with their smile.  Common troubles for patients include yellow teeth, misaligned teeth, too much or too little gum tissue, missing teeth, or damaged teeth.

Few San Antonio people have naturally perfect smiles, but those that practice proper oral care can avoid many problems that impact oral health and the attractiveness of their smile. But some San Antonio folks are unsatisfied with their smiles even though they practice vigilant oral hygiene.

The patient-centered and detail oriented team at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS wants you to know that cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile, regardless of the imperfections. Dr. Stewart has the experience and skill to transform ordinary smiles into extraordinary smiles.

We offer dental bonding, porcelain veneers, tooth implants, crowns, tooth whitening, crown lengthening (gum shaping), inlays/onlays, and orthodontia.

Dr. Stewart considers the following critical smile characteristics:

Bright teeth, free of stains
Pleasing gumline
No chips, cracks, cupping, or excessive wearing
Tooth size, length, and placement in harmony with facial features
Teeth aligned on three planes

Call 210-428-6535 today to meet with us about a fantastic cosmetic dental smile makeover at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio.

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

Missing Teeth? Don’t Miss Out On A Beautiful Smile

On January 20, 2017, in Dental Implants, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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If you have missing spaces in your smile due to dental caries, injury or any other reason, there is hope. If your existing teeth are stained, decayed, or cracked, there is hope. If your teeth have always been misshapen, or crooked, there is hope. Cosmetic dentistry can fix all of those problems.

Dr. Stewart at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS has the proficiency handle the toughest cosmetic dental problems. Since 1981, Dr. Stewart has restored and improved smiles with advanced cosmetic dentistry.

Regardless of the problem, it is usually preferable to retain your natural teeth. If this is not feasible, and you have already lost teeth, we offer multiple ways for you to preserve (or regain) your ability to eat, drink, speak, laugh, and smile with confidence.

Dental Veneers
If you still have your teeth, but are not happy with them, these might be the best answer. Stunning porcelain veneers offer a relatively cost-effective approach to cosmetic adjustments – uneven color, size, or shape. These are very thin shells bonded to the front of the teeth. They brighten unsightly, but structurally sound teeth.

Dental Implant
A dental implant is a tooth replacement that incorporates an artificial tooth PLUS an artificial root (usually biocompatible titanium). With local anesthesia, the artificial root is actually inserted into the jaw bone where it integrates with the bone tissue. There are three parts to a dental implant: the artificial root, the connecting abutment, and the final crown or denture.

A dental implant is often the most appropriate restoration as it offers beauty, strength, natural function, and protection from bone recession that often take places at the site of a missing tooth.

Dentures
Most San Antonio residents have heard of dentures: a plate holding artificial teeth that can be removed for cleaning. These are individually-constructed and can contain varying numbers of teeth. Sometimes the entire set of upper and lower teeth have to be pulled and a denture created. Modern dentistry offers a myriad of custom dental implant-denture combinations to restore missing teeth.

There is no need to miss out on an attractive smile. Schedule your initial consultation at 210-428-6535 to visit us at 13220 Huebner Rd in San Antonio, Texas. We are perfectly situated for our neighbors throughout the San Antonio area.

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

Are Dental Veneers Reversible?

On January 13, 2017, in Porcelain Veneers, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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With many San Antonio residents looking to improve their smile, porcelain veneers are a popular option in the Texas cosmetic dental community. Unlike a crown that completely covers the tooth, a veneer is a super thin layer of a very substantial porcelain, composite bonding, or ceramic. When bonded to a tooth, the veneer creates a natural, translucent, and perfect new surface. It improves the appearance of the visible portion of your tooth instantly.

To begin, you will need a consultation with your dentist, who should have ability in cosmetic procedures. You should examine what you do not like about your smile and know how you want it improved. Veneers may not be ideal for you. Other cosmetic dental procedures are available that may be a better fit for the characteristics you wish to change.

Porcelain veneers can fix many minor to moderate problems, including the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Gaps between teeth can be filled, as well as the lengthening or shortening of teeth to complete your attractive smile.

Your dentist will also discuss both types of veneers: “traditional” and “prepless.” Before a traditional veneer is put on the tooth, the dentist first removes a very thin layer of enamel. Enamel cannot be replaced, which is one reason this technique is irreversible.

The second method is called “no-prep” or “prepless.” With this type, enamel removal is generally not necessary. When no enamel is removed, the treatment can be reversible. However, this method has specific criteria.

Furthermore, it is possible to use both types of veneers for multiple teeth, depending on the condition of each tooth.

Your dentist will help you evaluate your unique needs and counsel you on how to reach your goals. Once you and your dentist have created a dental plan, your dentist will work with a laboratory and dental team to assure everything is carried out as discussed.

If you do not have a cosmetic dentist, we invite you to visit our outstanding practice at 13220 Huebner Rd in San Antonio. William Stewart is a successful smile makeover artist. Experience is an important consideration. Call 210-428-6535 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

The Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

On January 6, 2017, in Dental Implants, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Hello. I am Dr. William Stewart. Thanks for visiting my blog. Today’s post focuses on missing teeth and bone health.

Our teeth have many important functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to shrink. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes – kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is continually regenerating itself. This essential process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movements of the teeth stimulate this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

San Antonio people with missing teeth not only have an unsightly gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness – it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence in themself or withdraws from social situations because they are self-conscious about their smile.

Modern San Antonio dentistry to the rescue. Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For patients missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

What if your bone has shrunken so much that there is not enough to support an implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely performed with success in the San Antonio area and can be done with your own bone, synthetic bone material or bone from a cadaver.

If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures. Tooth implants can provide a unforgettable smile! Schedule a consultation with Dr. William Stewart by calling 210-428-6535.

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

On December 30, 2016, in General Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for optimal dental health. However, some dental patients in the Shavano Park, Leon Springs, and Beorne area worry because their gums tend to bleed after a thorough cleaning.

Is this a problem? Well, it depends. If your gums bleed for a day or two after your cleaning, it isn’t really a problem. But, if the bleeding and tenderness lasts longer, you really need to return to your San Antonio dentist and discuss the possibility of periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also experience bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

Hi, I’m Dr. William Stewart of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio. Avoiding gum disease is just one of the many important goals I have for my San Antonio and Beorne patients. Along with optimum dental health, I also seek to give my patients the beautiful smiles they desire through cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bonding, and teeth whitening.

Our top services here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS include:

Sedation dentistry
Dental crowns
Root canals
Teeth whitening
Clear braces

Feel free to look us up on the web or call 210-493-3040 today.

Dr. William Stewart
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
210-493-3040

 

Can I Objectively Evaluate My Smile?

On December 23, 2016, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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It is no secret that a beautiful, pleasing, healthy smile can be your most revered physical attribute. After all, people notice your smile first thing. How do you know if your smile is detracting from your appearance?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; if you look at your smile in the mirror and believe it is unattractive, it doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks. But what if you are not sure?

There are many issues that are generally considered to detract from celebrity-caliber smiles. Missing teeth is a biggie. People who are missing teeth in the back of the mouth may mistakenly believe that the gap doesn’t show. They are usually wrong. When smiling, talking, laughing, or eating, a missing tooth definitely shows – even if the missing tooth is the very last molar.

Yellow or gray teeth diminish the appeal of a smile – even one that is perfectly healthy and aligned – and crooked teeth are generally considered unattractive.

There are a few unique smile characteristics that some people proudly show off and others wish to change. For instance, a gap between the two front teeth can become your trademark. True Blood star Anna Paquin, actor Woody Harrelson, and singer Seal have retained their spaces. Perhaps the most famous gap-toothed smile belongs to seventy year-old model Lauren Hutton who has proudly flashed it throughout her fifty-year career. Other celebrities such as Zac Efron, Tom Cruise, and Keith Urban weren’t happy with gaps so they transformed their smiles with revolutionary cosmetic dentistry.

If you want an objective aesthetic evaluation of your smile, how can you do this? You can’t see your smile from every angle when you look in the mirror. If you want an expert opinion on the attractiveness of your smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist. There are a surprising number of design principals that are used in smile transformations. These include size, shape, alignment, proportion, color, and translucency. Moreover, cosmetic dentists also consider the characteristics of the gums, lips, and facial features.

When you have a cosmetic dental consultation, you will be able to see how the essential elements work together to create a natural-looking, standout smile. Bottom line? If you want to change your smile, you can! Schedule a consultation today by calling 210-428-6535.

 

Wear A Crown In San Antonio

On December 16, 2016, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Wear A Crown In San Antonio

Some San Antonio residents who have a weak or broken tooth may want to research dental crowns as a solution to improve their smile and overall oral health. A crown is really a cap or covering that is tooth-shaped and when it is in place, it will cover the portion of the covered tooth that is above the gum line.

Crowns can be made of metals, resin, ceramic, porcelain, or a porcelain-fused-to-metal material. Your San Antonio area dentist will usually put in a temporary crown while a permanent crown is being created especially for your mouth in a dental laboratory.

Some dentists, including Dr. William J. Stewart of San Antonio, can create porcelain crowns in a single day with CEREC one-day crowns. Patients love having fewer visits and getting their perfect smile sooner with this breakthrough technology.

Dental crowns have been used successfully in San Antonio cosmetic dentistry for decades.

Many Shavano Park, Leon Springs, and Beorne dentists use crowns when performing smile makeovers to cover patient’s discolored or poorly shaped teeth. Strong, natural-looking crowns are also used with dental implants.

If you think a dental crown may be right for you, check with your San Antonio dentist. Or, if you are searching for quality dental care in the San Antonio area, call us here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. We are located in San Antonio and have been serving the greater San Antonio area since 1981. We are currently accepting new patients at our state-of-the art, yet warm and comfortable dental office.

Call us at 210-428-6535 and our patient-centered and detail oriented staff can answer any questions you have about teeth whitening, veneers, enamel shaping, or any other cosmetic dental, general oral health, or dental financing questions.