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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.

 

Don’t Bite The Dentist, San Antonio!

On December 9, 2016, in Restorative Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Bite down hard, but not on Dr. Stewart’s hand!

Do you find that biting down hard is painful or awkward? There are ways to find the source of the trouble and there are ways to make it right.

Let William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio, Texas help you with that everyday chewing luxury most of us take for granted. Let us get you back to chewing pleasurably every meal of the day.

As we examine your mouth and survey the damage, we will remain gentle and forthright. We can guarantee a wonderful view of our ceiling. And if you haven’t already, come check out our gentleness and customer care. Call now while you’re thinking about it: 210-428-6535

William Stewart DDS remains the dental provider in San Antonio most worthy of your trust. We, of course, offer cosmetic dentistry. When we schedule you for teeth whitening or dental crowns, you can be secure and confident that we’ve got it handled. We also encourage our San Antonio friends to consider dental implants as an option with us.

When it comes to dental restoration, improving your smile, instilling confidence, offering gentle care, and generally providing affordable cosmetic dentistry throughout the San Antonio area, William J. Stewart Jr. DDS is going to drill this home every time – Improving Patient’s Lives Through Their Smiles.

Instead of the dentist, chew on that, San Antonio!

William Stewart
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas 78230
210-428-6535
http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/

 

Soda Spells Double Trouble For Leon Springs

On November 25, 2016, in Oral Health, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it seems that these days it’s the dietary villain of choice. Today in the William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Dental Blog, we are going to give you yet another reason to avoid this ubiquitous drink.

For dental health, soda deals a double punch of damage with two of its ingredients: sugar and phosphoric acid.

Sugar is bad for your teeth primarily because it softens enamel and makes the teeth more prone to decay. This is especially harmful to San Antonio, Shavano Park, and Beorne children and teens because their enamel is not fully developed.

Some people think that they can avoid problems by choosing diet soda for their refreshment, but, unfortunately, the acids found in diet soda have basically the same detrimental softening effect on enamel.

Soda consumption can also lead to discoloration of teeth and the need for cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening.

Our recommendation is simple: stop drinking soda or dramatically reduce your soda consumption to improve your dental health. Also, keep your kids away from soda as much as possible so their teeth have the chance to mature healthily.

Can’t kick the habit? Try to drink water right after you have soda and brush more often (but wait a half hour after you consume your soda so the enamel isn’t brushed while it is soft).

My name is Dr. William Stewart. I provide advanced general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to the San Antonio area. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to have the dazzling smiles they desire, so if you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry, give us a call at 210-493-3040.

Call for your appointment today!

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

 

Let’s Work Together To Keep Your Smile Healthy And Beautiful

On November 18, 2016, in Family Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS we approach all your dental needs from two separate angles – what we can do in our San Antonio office and what you can do at home. For example, tooth whitening and correcting discoloration can be treated in our office or at home. Here in the office there are safe and effective methods for lightening yellowed or stained tooth enamel. At-home whitening methods are also safe and effective and sometimes more affordable.

Additionally, we advise you regarding food and drink choices that can affect your whitened smile. Be aware of staining culprits such as coffee, tea, tobacco and harsh sodas. We understand that avoiding these items altogether is not an easy lifestyle change. Nor do we expect it.

Awareness and precaution can make a big difference. Rinsing your mouth out with water after drinking a dark or sugary drink can cut down on the contact your teeth have with such substances. Prolonged exposure to sugar can lead to buildup of plaque and tartar and prolonged exposure to staining substances can lead to stronger staining and discoloration.

If you are interested in making improvements to your smile and creating a more confident appearance for your professional career or personal relationships, please pick up the phone and contact the amazing staff at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS today 210-428-6535. Dr. William Stewart, DDS, takes pride in providing patient-centered and detail oriented care and expertise when treating patients.

Come discover the personal attention with root canals, the patient and steady hand with teeth whitening, the wise and thorough instruction relating to sedation dentistry. Once you’ve scheduled a consultation, make the easy drive to 13220 Huebner Rd San Antonio, Texas 78230 and settle in for guidance that will make your daily oral care and lifestyle choices productive and meaningful.

When it comes to hygiene and healthy teeth we are a practice that wants to see you as little as possible. (It’s not that we don’t love you – we just want you to have a healthy smile!) If we only see you twice a year for regular checkups then we’ve done our job. Check out our website at http://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/about/ or come in for an evaluation and recommendations.

Dr. Stewart provides the full spectrum of dental services from cosmetic dentistry to porcelain veneers to dental implants. And we welcome patients from all over the area, from San Antonio to Beorne and from Shavano Park to Leon Springs.

Improving Patient’s Lives Through Their Smiles- William Stewart

 

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, TX
78230

 

 

6 Ways To Improve Your Smile

On November 11, 2016, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Who would say no to a prettier smile? I am guessing no one, and now with all of the amazing cosmetic dentistry procedures available from San Antonio, Leon Springs, and Beorne cosmetic dentists, most dental patients can get the smile they want. Here is a quick look at some of the most popular treatments.

1. Teeth whitening is the most common procedure and it is used to lighten discolored teeth. This quick and easy procedure is usually done in the dentist office, and the results can be surprisingly dramatic.

2. Bonding is a popular treatment that uses a dental composite that resembles enamel. This material is applied to the surface of the teeth, sculpted into the desired shape, and then hardened and polished.

3. Tooth reshaping is a simple way to improve the appearance of teeth. It involves removing part of the enamel and can be used to fix small chips or to change the length or position of teeth.

4. Veneers are custom-made porcelain coverings that are very thin. They are bonded to the teeth and can be used to close gaps or cover discolored teeth.

5. For most San Antonio, Leon Springs, and Shavano Park patients, dental implants are the best way to fix a missing tooth.

6. And finally, there is the complete smile makeover. A smile makeover uses a combination of the available treatments to get Shavano Park dental patients the smiles they want.

Hi. I’m Dr. William Stewart, a local San Antonio dentist, and I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best. My practice, William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, offers the following services:

sedation dentistry
dental crowns
root canals
teeth whitening

If you are in the Shavano Park, Leon Springs, or Beorne area and are in need of dental care or have cosmetic dentistry questions, please give us a call at 210-428-6535.

We hope to hear from you soon!

 

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, TX
78230

 

 

Creating Beautiful Smiles At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

On October 21, 2016, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Creating beautiful San Antonio smiles at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS I am glad you found our blog! I’m William Stewart, DDS, of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, a full-service dental practice in San Antonio. I am a proud member of the American Dental Association. My profession is dentistry, but my passion is providing superior and affordable dental care for my San Antonio patients.

I began serving Texas residents in the San Antonio area back in 1981. Since that time, my profession has undergone dramatic changes which have benefited my Shavano Park teeth whitening patients and Leon Springs tooth restoration patients in many ways.

We offer cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers and dental implants.

I know my San Antonio dentistry patients have many choices for their dental care and I work hard every day to surpass expectations.

I build long-term relationships with my cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic patients. I constantly educate myself on the latest procedures to determine how I can best serve my patients.

My porcelain veneer patients appreciate the time I take to thoroughly analyze their total oral health. My patient-centered and detail oriented staff enjoys keeping my family dentistry practice running smoothly so I can concentrate on what I do best—serving my San Antonio patients!

William Stewart, DDS  210-428-6535

 

No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

On October 14, 2016, in Family Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we stay abreast of new discoveries in the exciting field of dentistry and occasionally share interesting facts with our patients. Today’s post focuses on new findings in an interesting field of research: genetic dentistry.

“About 60% of the risk for tooth decay appears to be due to genetic factors.” Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.1

Whoa! Did she say 60%? That’s huge. You might be thinking: “That’s why I brush and floss but still get cavities.” Or, better yet, you might be thinking, “No wonder I have never had a cavity but eat candy often and occasionally go to bed without brushing.”

A recent article on CNN.com highlights tooth decay risk factors that have a genetic link1:

Enamel Strength
Your genes play an important role in the composition of your tooth enamel. Soft enamel is more cavity prone.

Sugar Cravings
Whether or not you love sugar has a genetic basis. Now you can blame your parents if you pop M&Ms all day. (But it still isn’t good for your teeth or waistline!)

Chemical Composition of Saliva

Your saliva can protect against cavities – if it properly metabolizes critical minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Your genes influence your saliva’s ability to prevent decay.

Immune Response to Bacteria
We don’t like to think about the detrimental bacteria in our mouth but, hopefully, our immune system is ever-vigilant at fighting their constant attempts to cause decay and gum disease. The stability of your immune system is determined, in part, by genetics.

In the next few decades, scientists in the emerging specialty of genetic dentistry may play an essential role in the development of new cavity prevention techniques.

The purpose of this article is not to encourage William J. Stewart Jr. DDS patients to be lax about oral hygiene if their parents have strong teeth. Nor to cause those whose teeth decay easily to throw their hands up in despair and resign themselves to a toothless mouth.

Proper oral hygiene is critical for all of us, regardless of our genetic predisposition to tooth decay. You have the power to be proactive about your oral health, regardless of the genes you inherited. Whether you have frequent dental check-ups, consistent fluoride intake, effective brushing and flossing techniques, and proper nutrition, is up to you.

If you need a thorough dental exam, an expert dental cleaning, a refresher course on proper brushing and flossing, or want to improve your smile with innovative cosmetic dentistry, call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS at 210-428-6535 to schedule a consultation.

1Paul Frysh, “Bad teeth? Blame your genes,” CNN, July 3, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/03/health/tooth-decay-causes/, accessed on June 24, 2015

 

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

 

Makeovers For Busy Shavano Park Smiles

On September 23, 2016, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Have you been considering sprucing up your smile with cosmetic dentistry but are afraid you can’t fit it into your hectic schedule? Let William J. Stewart Jr. DDS put your mind at ease.

Cosmetic dentistry at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio is speedier than you think. Some services such as teeth bleaching can be done in just one visit to our comfortable office.

If you are one of the many San Antonio folks who wants to have their teeth corrected, check out the new orthodontic options including 6-month braces, invisible braces, and adult braces.

A porcelain veneer is a well-liked minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure. Veneers can repair chipped teeth, cracked teeth, discolored teeth, and slightly misshapen teeth.

If you replace your old silver fillings with tooth colored fillings, you can open wide without flashing any silver. Your rear molars will look like they did before you had any cavities filled. (How long ago was that?)

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we create beautiful smiles every day. It’s your turn! Call us today at 210-428-6535!

Improving Patient’s Lives Through Their Smiles

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230