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Floss Pick Facts For San Antonio

On March 31, 2017, in Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Dental patients who live in the Shavano Park, Leon Springs, and Beorne area want to keep their mouths as healthy and clean as possible. However, they are also looking for convenience, and that’s why many of them turn to floss picks instead of old-fashioned dental floss.

These little tools are quite handy. They usually have a handle that is pointed and can double as a toothpick, and a length of floss strung in a U-shaped groove. They are inexpensive and can be used more discretely than floss.

While this may seem like a dream come true for those hoping to make flossing a more regular part of their oral health routine, floss picks are still a step below actual floss in effectiveness.

The American Dental Association has only approved dental floss for cleaning in between teeth. One issue is that floss picks can’t curve and form the angles needed for superior cleaning.

So, what is a responsible dental patient to do? The first thing is to meet with your San Antonio, Texas dentist and see what their opinion is. If you love floss picks, continue to use them when convenient, but still try to use regular dental floss daily.

If you are in the process of looking for a new dentist, we hope that you consider William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. We have been serving the San Antonio area since 1981 from our San Antonio practice.

Our patient-centered and detail oriented staff would love to answer any questions you have regarding flossing and other dental health concerns, as well as questions about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers.

Call 210-493-3040 today to schedule an exam or consultation.

Dr. William Stewart
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
210-493-3040
http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/about/


The following website was used as source material for this blog: http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/ada-seal-of-acceptance/product-category-information/floss-and-other-interdental-cleaners, accessed on August 1, 2014

 

How Long Will A Dental Crown Last?

On March 24, 2017, in Dental Crowns, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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San Antonio endodontists, oral surgeons, and general dentists use dental crowns (sometimes called caps) in many restorative treatments. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured, a crown can correct bite misalignments, and a crown is usually necessary after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

Crowns are also used extensively for purely cosmetic problems: yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen.

Dental crowns are fabricated from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:

1. All ceramic (porcelain-based)
2. Porcelain fused to metal
3. Gold alloys
4. Base metal alloys

Your dentist can help you determine which type is right for you. Factors to consider are the location of the crown in the mouth, your budget, and any allergies to metal.

When many San Antonio dentists provide a crown restoration, they use a process that requires two office visits. On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth and take an impression for the dental lab. Then, the dentist will make a temporary crown for the patient to use until the permanent crown is ready. Some dentists have special technology that allows them to fabricate and place crowns in one visit.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last? Dental crowns can last for many years, but they are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades. There is encouraging evidence, however, that points to a high success rate: a 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns will not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years.1

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio, we provide quality restorative and cosmetic dentistry. In addition to dental crowns, we offer sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, and dental crowns.

William Stewart
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas 78230
210-493-3040
http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/about/

1Bader JD1, Shugars DA., “Summary review of the survival of single crowns,” PubMed.gov, 2009, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19146146, accessed June 16, 2014

 

Eating Got You Down, San Antonio?

On March 17, 2017, in Dental Implants, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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San Antonio men and women with missing teeth know that chewing can be difficult and painful. If you are looking at the cost of dental implants in San Antonio and feel uncertain whether this is the step you ought to take, come see William Stewart DDS at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS to learn all about tooth implants. Dental implants are usually the best permanent tooth replacement for San Antonio people whose missing teeth make it hard to chew and eat.

Improving a smile beyond just the functional needs can also be explored during an informative consultation with Dr. Stewart. William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio offers the Shavano Park, Leon Springs, and Beorne areas straightforward advice about restoring your smile while still keeping it comfortable in the pocket book. Come explore the possibilities, including the cost of a smile makeover. Call to set up a personal consultation today: 210-493-3040.

With experience in dental crowns, sedation dentistry, clear braces, and teeth whitening, William J. Stewart Jr. DDS serves their new San Antonio, and Beorne patients by answering all of their questions without a hard sell approach. The choice has always been with the patient.

If you have missing teeth, come see our patient-centered and detail oriented team and let them improve your eating experience. (Haven’t you waited long enough?)

William Stewart
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas 78230
210-493-3040
http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/about/

 

3 Ways To Keep Your Mouth Happy, Shavano Park!

On March 10, 2017, in Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Hi. I’m Dr. William Stewart, an experienced dentist here in San Antonio. It is my goal to help my patients have optimum oral health, and today I would like to talk about something else associated with our mouths that doesn’t get as much attention as cavities or cosmetic dentistry: it’s our sense of taste.

A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth, but also a mouth that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods. And it turns out that many of the habits that will keep your taste buds sensitive are those that will also be good for your teeth and gums. So here are a few tips to help you better enjoy the flavor of your food.

1) Treat dry mouth. Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly by your Shavano Park, Leon Springs, or Beorne dentist. Plus, optimal levels of saliva are important to avoid cavities and keep gums healthy.

2) Avoid processed foods with fake flavors and too much sugar and salt. They will quickly desensitize you to more subtle, healthy flavors.

3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are responsible for so many horrible health issues, but many people don’t realize that their sense of taste is dulled while they smoke and the olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently.

Thank you so much for visiting the San Antonio dentist blog. Along with dental health and a keen sense of taste, I want my patients to have the beautiful smiles they have always desired. So, if you have any questions regarding cosmetic dentistry such as smile makeovers, dental implants or teeth whitening, please contact us. We are located at 13220 Huebner Rd and you can reach us for an appointment at 210-493-3040.

Call a member of our patient-centered and detail oriented staff today!

Dr. William Stewart
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
210-493-3040
http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/about/

Sedation dentistry
Dental crowns
Root canals
Teeth whitening

 

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