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The William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Guide To Preventing Gum Disease

On October 2, 2015, in Gum Disease, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry

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Hearing that you have periodontal disease or “gum disease” can be upsetting. Here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio, Texas, we are committed to educating and assisting patients in preventing gum disease. If you discover that you already have gum disease, don’t despair. We can help.

Symptoms of Gum Disease
Bleeding gums
Swollen, tender gums
Receding gums
Bad breath that won’t go away
Loose adult teeth
Sensitive teeth

Whether you are just being diagnosed, working to undo problems of the past, or trying to prevent gum disease for the future, Dr. William Stewart has answers.

Steps for Healing or Preventing Gum Disease

Brush at least two times a day – morning and night
Brush with fluoride toothpaste
Floss at least once a day
Visit dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings
Use a fluoride rinse before brushing
Avoid between-meal snacking
Avoid tobacco products

Solutions for Correcting Serious Gum Disease

Root planing

Dr. Stewart knows gum disease can sneak up on you. Regular check-ups and consistent, thorough oral hygiene is important for preventing the pain and health issues associated with periodontal disease. Gum disease can be successfully treated, but avoiding it is clearly best.

Dr. Stewart is equipped with the education and experience to care for the full gamut of San Antonio patients’ dental needs including cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and dental implants.

William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas 78230

Dental Crown Or Porcelain Veneer?

On September 25, 2015, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry

William J. Stewart Jr. DDS offers multiple procedures for improving smiles. Two of the most popular procedures in the San Antonio area are dental crowns and porcelain veneers.

A dental crown covers the entire portion of the tooth that is above the gumline. A veneer is a wafer-thin, covering for just the front of a tooth. Veneers are made with several layers of ceramic laminate. Crowns can be made of all porcelain (ceramic), porcelain fused to metal, or gold. Both crowns and veneers are cemented in place. Crowns and veneers are durable and can last many years, though they are not stronger than natural enamel.

Both of these procedures improve the tooth aesthetically, but porcelain crowns are usually a better solution for a tooth that has been compromised by decay, damage, or a root canal. Veneers can perfect the shape of a tooth, repair a minor crack, cover stains, or straighten the appearance of teeth that are slightly misaligned.

It takes a team of experienced Texas dental professionals to create durable, natural-looking and perfectly functioning crowns and veneers. Your San Antonio cosmetic dentist must prep the tooth, create a precision mold, and communicate to the lab technician exactly what is needed. The role of the San Antonio dental lab technician is equally important. He/she must meet the precise standards necessary for successful restorations: the perfect shape, the perfect size, color that blends seamlessly with surrounding teeth, and the proper placement in the mouth. The team at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS provides the highest quality cosmetic dental services and restorations.

I am William Stewart of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. If you would like more information about crowns, veneers, and additional cosmetic dental procedures, I invite you to come in for a no-pressure cosmetic dental consultation. I can help you achieve a smile that is both healthy and brilliant. Call 210-493-3040 today!

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Crooked Teeth And Cavities

On September 25, 2015, in Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry

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Many dental patients in and around San Antonio hold the belief that orthodontists only change the look of your teeth. Consequently, they think that the only reason to find an orthodontist in the Shavano Park, Leon Springs, or Beorne area is if you are interested in cosmetic dentistry.

The fact is that your ability to clean your teeth is enhanced when your teeth are straight and uncrowded.

When uneven teeth begin to crowd together, it becomes difficult to make important daily cleanings effective. And, when your teeth aren’t cleaned properly, problems with plaque buildup, cavities, and gum disease commonly ensue.

If you are curious if your teeth are crowding or if your bite is not aligned, then you need to visit your San Antonio dentist. Your dentist can evaluate whether or not you need to see an orthodontist, and then recommend one near you.

Also, if you feel that the appearance of your teeth is an issue, ask your dentist about a smile makeover. There are numerous state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry procedures carried out daily. These include teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, crowns, and more!

Hello, my name is Dr. William Stewart. My patient-centered and detail oriented local dental practice, William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, is located at 13220 Huebner Rd in San Antonio. I am passionate about healthy, celebrity-caliber smiles. We are currently accepting new patients, so if you are in or around San Antonio, give us a call at 210-493-3040.

We can answer any questions you have about our top services, which are:

Sedation dentistry
Dental crowns
Root canals
Teeth whitening
Clear braces

We hope to see you soon!

Dr. William Stewart
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas

Get On Top Of Your To-Do List by Calling William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

On September 11, 2015, in General Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry

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Is it time to get your life back in order, San Antonio? Call it Spring Cleaning. Call it a Hard Reset.  I like to call the small and simple tasks cling-ons. These are things like refill a prescription, change your furnace filter, get your oil changed, replace the lightbulb or make a dental appointment.

If you’ve been pushing dental work onto the back burner, maybe it’s time to just get it out of the way and move on to your other tasks. Call 210-428-6535 to set up a consultation. Once and for all determine your dental needs and create a straightforward, fantastic, all-encompassing plan.

Here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS we see patients for many smile adjustments including the following:

root canals
clear braces
sedation dentistry
teeth whitening
dental crowns

Dr. William Stewart strives to provide distinctive service to our fantastic patients in San Antonio, Texas. At your consultation feel free to ask about veneers, implants, invisible braces, bridges and all things dental. We answer cosmetic dentistry questions all day long and Dr. Stewart knows how to clearly explain the pros and cons related to various treatment plans.

Since 1981, San Antonio patients have enjoyed having William J. Stewart Jr. DDS nearby, ready to provide cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and dental implants.

Move through your to-do list today – change your oil, check. Replace that lightbulb, check. Make a dental appointment, check. It feels great.

William Stewart

Healthy Lifestyles For Healthy Lifesmiles

On September 4, 2015, in Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry

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Dental health and a dazzling smile depend on much more than simply brushing regularly. In today’s William J. Stewart Jr. DDS post, we present a quick refresher course on essential lifestyle practices that affect oral health. You are probably familiar with most of these recommendations, but it is helpful to get a reminder once in a while. We encourage all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that promotes dental health as well as overall physical health. After all, the two are inseparable.


Eat a nutritious diet.
Eat calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that attack enamel.
Brush gently but meticulously at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
Make sure you clean thoroughly between teeth with dental floss or interdental cleaners such as flossing picks.
If you have children, meet with your San Antonio dentist about water fluoridation. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, you may want to give your children fluoride supplements.
Get your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year.
Have a dental examination twice yearly with your San Antonio dentist.


Eat a sugar frequently. Sugar triggers the production of detrimental cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel.
Snack throughout the day. This speeds up plaque production and subjects the teeth to constant bombardment with acids.
Chew on ice.
Use your teeth as tools. Ever.
Drink energy drinks.
Get oral piercings.
Ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.

If you have oral pain or haven’t visited a dentist in a while, call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS  at 210-428-6535 to schedule an appointment with William Stewart. Tooth problems get worse over time – especially if there is decay or gum disease.

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we serve the San Antonio area with exceptional dental care including general and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about sedation dentistry, dental crowns, root canals and teeth whitening.

William Stewart
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas 78230

Sleep Dentistry At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

On August 28, 2015, in Sedation Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry

Sleep Dentistry At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

Dental visits can be extremely stressful and for some Texas residents, the fear and anxiety associated with a trip to the dentist prevents them from getting the care they need. At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS we provide the best oral sedation dentistry available. We will accommodate your needs with minimal, moderate, or deep sedation.

Don’t let dental dread keep you from achieving a perfect smile.

According to a national survey by the American Dental Association, Crest, and Oral B, the smile is the number one physical trait. Don’t let your smile go unnoticed.

In addition to sedation dentistry, at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS we offer our San Antonio patients a variety of procedures, including sedation dentistry, dental crowns, root canals, teeth whitening, and clear braces.

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, our professional staff will provide the best possible care for you and your family. Whether you need preventive care or cosmetic dentistry, the patient-centered and detail oriented team at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS will give you something to smile about!

For more information on oral sedation dentistry or any other dental procedure, contact us at 210-428-6535.

We are located at 13220 Huebner Rd   San Antonio, Texas 78230  Call today!

Dental Crowns At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS In San Antonio

On August 21, 2015, in Dental Crowns, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry

Dental Crowns at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio Dental crowns have been used in dentistry for over 2000 years. There is evidence that the Etruscans experimented with crowns on teeth using ivory and bone as early as 700 B.C. By 200 A.D., they began using gold crowns to construct artificial teeth. Ancient Egyptians fashioned tooth replacements out of seashells and then hammered them into their gums. (Oral sedation, anyone?)

Porcelain crowns were first used in the 1800s. With the refining of metal casting methods in the 1900s, crown dentistry advanced significantly.

Today, crowns are strong, comfortable and are made to match your surrounding teeth.

Dental crowns (also called caps) cover the entire visible portion of the tooth and are cemented in place. Crowns are used to strengthen teeth that have been worn down or weakened by decay or injury. Crowns are also used to restore the original shape of a tooth or solely to improve the appearance of a tooth.

The most common types of crowns are:

  • All-porcelain (ceramic)
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • Gold

The material used is determined by several factors. If you suspect you need a crown, want to replace an old crown, or want to learn about other cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Dr. William Stewart at 210-428-6535. William J. Stewart Jr. DDS is located at 13220 Huebner Rd in San Antonio. We have been serving patients in the San Antonio area since 1981. We can recommend the best tooth restoration or cosmetic dentistry option for you.

Bad Breath Treatment at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

On August 14, 2015, in Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry

Bad Breath Treatment at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Do you suspect that you have bad breath? I’m William Stewart of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, a full-service dental office in San Antonio, Texas. I help our dental patients diagnose and overcome this unpleasant and potentially embarrassing condition.

Halitosis is caused by the bacteria that live on and around your teeth, gums and tongue. Breath mints and mouthwashes do not cure bad breath, they only mask the symptoms. Proper oral hygiene can cure many cases of bad breath. However, in some cases, bad breath is caused by more serious conditions. Sinus and tonsil infections, acid reflux, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, kidney malfunction, and eating disorders are just some of the health issues that can cause bad breath.

If you have bad breath, the first thing to do is make sure you are cleaning your teeth, gums and tongue thoroughly. This does not mean you should brush as long and forcefully as possible. Brushing too vigorously can harm gums and contribute to gum recession. At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we help patients of all ages learn safe and effective brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning methods.

And don’t forget regular professional cleanings. Our friendly dental hygienist is trained in the latest and most effective deep-cleaning procedures. Your teeth feel so good after being cleaned professionally!

To make an appointment for an exam, cleaning or consultation, call 210-428-6535. Your teeth are too important to neglect.

You Won’t Be Out Cold (Unless You Want To Be!)

On August 7, 2015, in Uncategorized, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry

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Does your heart start pounding at the mere thought of having a cavity filled? Do you get sweaty palms when you drive by any Beorne cosmetic dental practice?

Many San Antonio residents who have improved their smile with cosmetic dentistry chose to use sedation. Though the terms “sleep dentistry” and “oral conscious sedation” are often used interchangeably, they are not identical. There are three main types of sedation used in dentistry.

Nitrous Oxide
The first level uses nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas” as it is sometimes called. Nitrous oxide has been used in San Antonio cosmetic dental offices for generations because it is safe and effective. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the procedure, but wears off quickly after the mask is pulled off. If you need a little help to get through dental treatment, but don’t want to be knocked out cold, nitrous may be your best option.

Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives don’t start working as quickly as nitrous oxide, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of tranquility. These medications, however, do not usually produce complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are used in “conscious” sedation. Two common sedatives used by Beorne dentists are diazepam and triazolam.

IV Sedation
IV sedation uses medications similar to those used in surgery and results in true “sleep dentistry.” Most patients are completely oblivious to what is going on in their mouth. IV sedation is often used for procedures such as root canals, wisdom teeth extractions and multi-procedure smile makeovers.

To learn more about sedation dentistry, adult braces, tooth implants, or porcelain veneers, call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS at 210-428-6535.


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A healthy smile is priceless and superior dental care is a worthwhile investment in your quality of life. But the cost for treatment and precision restorations can sometimes be prohibitive. Knowing what to expect price-wise can make your dental visit more palatable.

Obviously, the cost of some procedures such as crowns versus fillings are dependent upon unknown factors. X-rays can show the basic problem but sometimes the extent of the damage isn’t clear until we get in there. Our caring staff works to offer estimates based on best-case and worst-case scenarios.

Nailing down the cost is much easier once the overall treatment plan is established. Dr. William Stewart performs an oral exam, reviews the patient’s dental history, and consults with the patient before creating an estimate. The price is influenced by the patient’s current condition, cosmetic goals, and long-term functionality.

Usually, the cost of treatments such as teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers, denture fittings, and the price of cosmetic dentistry can be explained at the initial consultation with Dr. Stewart. We encourage our patients to take some time to review the options before they settle upon  which elective procedures to pursue. We never pressure our patients to make a quick decision about something as important as dental treatment.

Here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we are committed to customized patient-focused care. Often the treatment plan will be extended over several visits to allow healing and adjustment in the mouth before doing more work.

With restorations, the most conservative treatment is always preferred. The cost is weighed with priority for adequate eating and speaking functionality. Personal confidence in appearance is also taken into account and given priority.

Dr. Stewart has been practicing patient-centered and detail oriented dentistry since 1981. If you are in the market for teeth whitening or dental crowns but are worried about how much it will set you back or whether your insurance company covers the procedure, then call 210-428-6535 today and let us look into it for you.

Feel free to shop around and compare our reasonably-priced prices to other dentists in the area – but be wary of bargain-basement dental advertisements. Many ads present a false picture of the actual cost of the treatment. And, do you really want to trust your smile to the lowest bidder?

Thank you for visiting our blog.

William Stewart
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas 78230