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Why a Water Flosser Might be a Good Idea

On January 26, 2018, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by PM Blogger
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Today, we’re discussing the water flosser, also known as interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet. The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was developed in the early 1960’s by Colorado dentist Dr. Gerald Moyer and John Mattingly, a hydraulics engineer. The apparatus is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically. Since its inception, several other companies have entered the market with similar products. (Note: William J. Stewart Jr. DDS does not necessarily endorse any particular brand.)

A water irrigation tool oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to shoot out bits of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you insert the tube into your mouth, turn it on, and then lean over the sink with your mouth slightly open to let the water dribble out as you navigate the stream of shooting water around the gumline, stopping momentarily at each gap between neighboring teeth.

There have been over 65 studies that have confirmed the safety and effectiveness of water flossing for calculus reduction, plaque biofilm removal, bleeding reduction, inflammation reduction, and gingivitis treatment.

Should I Use a Water Flosser?
If you don’t floss at all, absolutely. If you have gingivitis, maybe. It may also help you keep your teeth and gums healthy if you have dental bridgework.

First, meet with Dr. Stewart to obtain an oral care treatment plan that factors in your tooth and gum health, physical dexterity, and lifestyle. The following factors may impact whether or not Dr. Stewart guides you to use an interdental irrigation device.

Braces or other orthodontic appliances
A physical limitation that reduces ability to brush and/or floss
Gingivitis
Gums that bleed when flossing
Bleeding around dental implants when flossing
Aversion to flossing
Sensitive teeth

The patient-centered and detail oriented team at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS would love to help you learn the best suited techniques for keeping your gums pink and healthy and firmly attached to cavity-free teeth. To schedule an appointment, call 210-428-6535.

Sources:
Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS, “Interdental Cleansing,” The American Dental Hygienist Association, https://www.adha.org/resources-docs/7123_Waterpik_Irrigation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
Carol A. Jahn, RDH, MS, “The Water Flosser: Your Tool For Optimal Oral Health,” https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/pro/education/pdf/Waterpik_WaterFlosser_ContinuingEducation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
“Water Flossing,” MouthHealthy (ADA), http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/water-flossers, accessed March 10, 2017

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

Smile Makeovers: First Things First

On December 22, 2017, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by PM Blogger
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Hello, I’m Dr. William Stewart of William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. Thanks for visiting my blog. In today’s post, we will focus on something that happens occasionally when a patient requests cosmetic dentistry.

Let me set the stage. The patient comes in for a consultation about a smile makeover. We’ll call him Mr. Jones. The dentist listens carefully as he explains the esthetic problems that he wants to remedy. Mr. Jones wants to fix two chipped teeth, replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, and whiten his whole smile. He describes what he envisions for his smile after undergoing treatment.

The dentist performs an examination of his entire mouth and takes x-rays, discovering some additional problems in the process. He has moderate to severe tooth decay throughout his mouth. Mr. Joes also suffers from gum disease and severe jawbone recession.

The dentist explains that these troubles need to be addressed before the smile makeover. Mr. Jones says that the smile makeover is his first priority and plans to deal with the other problems sometime in the future.

How does the dentist advise him? He will probably explain that the lasting success of a cosmetic dental procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or tooth whitening is influenced by the condition of the mouth at the time of treatment. There must be a solid, healthy foundation, so to speak, on which to build the smile makeover.

First things first. It makes no sense to attach a veneer to a decayed tooth that may need a root canal. A dental implant may not integrate with the surrounding bone structure if placed at a site where there is bone recession. Tooth whitening will probably not produce favorable results where there is gum disease and exposed tooth roots.

Can Mr. Jones ever have his dream smile? Yes! There are treatments to repair all of the problems mentioned previously. But just like many other things in life, the order of operations is critical.

If you are interested in a smile makeover or simply need a check-up, schedule an appointment by calling 210-428-6535. I look forward to discussing both your oral health and esthetic concerns.

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

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I’m Dr. William Stewart, and I’ve been practicing dentistry here in San Antonio, Texas since 1981. At my practice, William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we focus on three important things as we attempt to be your dental provider of choice.

Family:
We want to be the dental practice families turn to for reliable care, whether for routine preventative services, tooth restoration, or cosmetic dentistry. If your son chips a tooth and is in severe pain, we want to be the first choice that comes to mind. We offer variety for any family’s various dental needs.

root canals
clear braces
sedation dentistry
teeth whitening
dental crowns

William J. Stewart Jr. DDS focuses on your Family.

Facts:
When we sit down in consultation and you say “Dr. William Stewart, I need to know the cost of veneers, dental implants, the cost of a dental bridge… I need to know my options.” We’ll give you the bottom line on cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and dental implants. Whether it’s affordable dental care for quality of life or affordable cosmetic dentistry for increased confidence, we’re here. Look us up or call: https://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/ 210-428-6535

We focus on the facts.

A Friendly, Comfortable, and Safe Environment:
We focus on clean, bright, and inviting and follow rigorous standards of sterilization. Our team here is friendly, professional and considerate.

Our practice has a friendly atmosphere.

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

 

5 Reasons To Choose Cosmetic Dentistry

On October 27, 2017, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by PM Blogger
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When was the last time you looked into the mirror? Were you totally satisfied by what you saw? If the answer is, “Not really,” then you may want to check out at these 5 great reasons to communicate with your San Antonio dentist about cosmetic dentistry procedures.

1. The first reason is that a little cosmetic dentistry goes a long way. Some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as teeth whitening, are simple and easy to do, but they can have dramatic results.

2. Next, you might be surprised at how cost-effective it is! Next time you are in the office of your dentist, ask for a price chart. You may be pleasantly surprised.

3. Don’t worry about pain, your dentist will keep you comfortable. Many cosmetic dental patients expect the procedures to be painful, but dentists in the are trained to help you stay relaxed and free from discomfort. This is true whether you are getting dental implants, veneers, or a complete smile makeover.

4. You’re never too old! Many mature men and women think that cosmetic dentistry procedures are only for the young, but teeth continue to change throughout your life and these procedures may be exactly what is needed. Plus, many satisfied patients say they look years younger after their procedures are complete.

5. Your cosmetic dentist can treat your particular cosmetic dental problem. Some folks have been led to believe that they have to live with chipped, cracked, or missing teeth, but today’s dentists have the tools and procedures to fix a wide array of dental problems.

If you are looking for a dentist, William J. Stewart Jr. DDS would love to serve you. My name is Dr. William Stewart and I have been a San Antonio, Texas dentist since 1981. Please call 210-428-6535 to make an appointment.

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

Take 5: Straight Talk About Braces

On October 13, 2017, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by PM Blogger
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Having braces in San Antonio uncovers unique concerns.

Hello, I’m Dr. William Stewart at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. I support healthy oral hygiene and regular, consistent check-ups. Hygiene for braces is a bit different.

Here are five essential concerns to keep in mind with braces:

1. Be Careful What You Eat

Sweets and extra food stuck in hard-to-notice spaces may lead to plaque and yellowing around the appliances in your mouth. Avoid sweets, juices, sodas, anything that will stain your teeth. Also, sticky things like gum and caramel can break the equipment in your mouth.

2. Consider a Mouthguard

Sports are the center of life for many families. We’re an active community. I love that. A quality mouthguard provides important protection for both your teeth and braces.

3. Take Time for Gum Health
Maintaining healthy gums requires deliberate brushing and flossing. In the past, two minutes of quality brushing was acceptable. Braces are trickier to clean. What’s another minute to make sure every nook and cranny is taken care of?

4. Check the Mirrors
Humans are exceptional at noticing flaws. Check your smile often in a mirror to keep your braces free of obvious food particles.

5. Smile with Confidence
At first, people will notice the change in your smile. But if you’re relaxed about your new braces, soon your friends will simply look past them without even noticing.

Thanks for visiting my blog today, hope it helps.

I’ve been treating patients in San Antonio, Leon Springs, Beorne and beyond since 1981. You name it – dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers – we do it.

I’ve got the expertise, experience, tools, and team you need to maintain a healthy smile. I deal daily with teeth whitening, dental crowns, root canals, clear braces, and sedation dentistry. The cost of a smile makeover, cosmetic dentistry, and celebrity-caliber teeth may be more affordable than you think.

Meet with me today and we can go over the possibilities and simple options to meet your needs. Can’t wait to see you!

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

5 Tools For Tooth Transformations

On September 29, 2017, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by PM Blogger
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Too-small teeth. Misshapen teeth. Cracked teeth. Chipped teeth. Spacing irregularities. These problems are all-too-common. But you don’t have to live with them! With the advances in cosmetic dentistry, there are fixes for these vexing tooth troubles!

1. Veneers. (Also called dental laminates or porcelain veneers). These extremely thin shells are custom-made so the size, shape, and color are perfectly matched to your surrounding teeth. The veneers are securely cemented to the front of the teeth to dramatically improve your smile.

2. Bonding. This procedure uses a strong tooth-colored resin to close spaces, correct chips and cracks, or change the shape. The resin is molded into place and then a light is applied to harden the material for secure adherence to the tooth.

3. Recontouring. Minimally-invasive reshaping of a tooth by removing little bits of enamel to improve the shape or length. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is sometimes called odontoplasty or slenderizing.

4. Crowns. Most people are familiar with this durable multi-purpose restoration. Natural-looking dental crowns are fabricated in the shape and color of the tooth and cemented into place to fully cover the part of the tooth visible above the gumline.

5. Braces. Patients of all ages are transforming their smiles with industry-leading orthodontia. Before you dismiss this option as too time-consuming or costly, learn about the new braces now available. Braces are more convenient and discrete than ever before.

Countless San Antonio dental patients have achieved dazzling smiles with a smile makeover from William J. Stewart Jr. DDS!

My name is Dr. William Stewart. I am committed to to helping my patients have optimum oral health and beautiful smiles. If you have any questions about veneers, bonding, recontouring, or crowns, I invite you call us at 210-428-6535 to make an appointment today.

“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

 

 

Help For Tetracycline And Fluoride Stains At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

Here at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, our mission is making the smiles of all Texas dental patients white and bright.  Today, we are going to talk about ways to enhance your beautiful smile.

Maybe as a teen you were prescribed tetracycline to combat acne, but have now been left with discolored teeth. Or maybe the municipal Texas water you drank growing up had excessive fluoride, another cause of tarnished teeth.

If you are like many adults, you have sipped thousands of dark beverages such as coffee, soda, and wine over the years – and your teeth are showing the effects. Call me today at 210-428-6535 to talk about our extensive treatment plans.

One of the options we recommend at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS for treating discolored teeth are beautiful dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain laminates). The reason I recommend veneers is that veneers not only restore discolored teeth, but they can cover worn, chipped, and cracked teeth.

This is done by placing a thin composite of porcelain over the damaged tooth or teeth leaving a gorgeous, white, flawless smile. At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS we feel that porcelain veneers are the least invasive form of cosmetic dentistry, yet the results are stunning. The smiles of our happy San Antonio veneer patients are dazzling.

My staff and I at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS also offer teeth whitening in San Antonio, dental restorations and Shavano Park invisible braces. Come see why the patients of San Antonio have been improving their smiles at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS since 1981.

 

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS: 210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

 

Want A Reason To Smile All The Time?

On July 7, 2017, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by DentalCMO
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If you are not happy with your smile, we invite you to examine a complete smile transformation.

1. Look and feel younger.
2. Improve your oral health.
3. Increase your confidence.
4. Smile all the time!

Hello, I am Dr. Stewart. Welcome to my dental blog. I serve my patients at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS which is located at 13220 Huebner Rd in San Antonio, Texas. I have been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry since 1981.

There has never been a better time to practice dentistry because dental procedures unavailable just a few years ago are now commonplace. During my career, I have become proficient in a wide variety of advanced dental treatments aided by breakthroughs in techniques and tooth restoration materials. My passion is providing the highest standard of dental care for my San Antonio area patients and creating the healthiest and most beautiful smiles possible.

If you are not familiar with the latest state-of-the art dental procedures, you might not realize what cosmetic and restorative dentistry can achieve. A total smile makeover involves a combination of cosmetic dental procedures which may include dental crowns, porcelain veneers, dental bonding, tooth implants, inlays and onlays, gum contouring, teeth whitening and, in some cases, orthodontia.

If you have dental anxiety, we can help. Sleep dentistry, sometimes called conscious sedation, will calm your nerves and help you relax while you undergo your smile redesign.

If you are in the San Antonio Shavano Park, Leon Springs, or Beorne area and have cosmetic dentistry questions, schedule a consultation by calling us at 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

 

 

What Is Crown Lengthening?

On June 23, 2017, in Cosmetic Dentistry, by DentalCMO
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gummy smile surgery Perfect smiles created at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS often require crown lengthening.

Crown lengthening surgery is a safe and effective procedure that exposes more of the visible part of the tooth. Some patients undergo crown lengthening surgery at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS to alter their gummy smile.

A gummy smile refers to upper teeth that appear too short because excess bone and soft tissue covers part of the teeth. When a gummy smile is eliminated, our San Antonio patients can’t believe how it changes their whole face. They love their new smile which reveals pleasing, symmetrical portions of their upper teeth.

Sometimes, a patient needs crown lengthening because of tooth fracture. When a tooth breaks at the gumline or a crown is fractured, crown lengthening makes tooth structure accessible for the necessary restoration.

Digital imaging is one of the technological tools that helps San Antonio dental professionals perform crown lengthening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures. When a Shavano Park cosmetic dentist has a highly-detailed, 3-D image of tooth and bone structure, he/she is able to achieve the precision necessary to design smiles to the patient’s exact specifications.

If you are seeking a dental smile makeover and live in the San Antonio area, schedule a smile consultation by calling 210-428-6535. We are conveniently located at 13220 Huebner Rd in San Antonio. When you come in, we can show you photos of Texas cosmetic dentistry patients who are enjoying their dazzling smiles that were created with the help of the skilled smile artists at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS.

 

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230

 

 

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A mouth full of unattractive teeth can really distract from a beautiful person’s appearance. Having a red-carpet-worthy smile can bring you increased satisfaction and confidence in your social interactions with your distinguished A-list friends.

This smile, however, doesn’t have to have a celebrity price tag. Five-star yet affordable cosmetic dentistry and VIP treatment has been available since 1981 at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. Come see what our expertise and experience can offer. When you ask about the cost of veneers in San Antonio, Texas 78230, don’t forget to ask about the cost of dental implants as well.

What are dental veneers? Veneers are paper-thin shells of durable material (ceramic, porcelain, or composite resin) bonded to the teeth to provide strength and add beauty to any smile.

What are dental implants? A wonderful long-term solution for missing teeth, dental implants are artificial roots surgically implanted in the jaw to anchor a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, or denture.

The best way to find out if veneers or dental implants are a possibility is to meet with William Stewart DDS at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS for a smile makeover consultation.

We can create a smile you will be proud to flash at all of your public appearances throughout Hollywood or on location in San Antonio, Beorne, or Shavano Park.

Dr. Stewart is raising the bar as our practice strives to deliver excellence with every possible service:

root canals
clear braces
sedation dentistry
dental crowns
teeth whitening
or ________________( fill in the blank!)

Treat your fans to a dazzling smile created at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS.

Contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS:

210-428-6535

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13220 Huebner Rd
San Antonio, Texas
78230