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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
https://www.stewartcosmeticdentistry.com/about/

 

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.

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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

 

Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant

On February 12, 2016, in Dental Implants, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Attention San Antonio Replace Your Dental Bridge Before You Lose TeethHello San Antonio visitors, welcome to William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. Let’s talk about a tooth replacement option common in San Antonio: dental bridges.

While dental bridges have restored smiles for thousands of San Antonio dental patients, they are not problem free. Many Texas people with dental bridges find it impossible to keep the small areas around the bridge clean. This is not surprising because it is hard to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge.

Of course detrimental bacteria has no trouble moving in and taking over without the San Antonio dental patient even knowing it. When the decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, it is not only painful, the person is at risk of losing those teeth also.

That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most San Antonio people with missing teeth are great candidates for dental implants.

A dental implant looks just like the beautiful tooth restoration on a high-quality dental bridge, but the important part is what you don’t see.

A dental implant is screwed directly into the jaw bone. It is not attached to teeth like the dental bridges traditionally used in San Antonio. In a way, a dental implant is a more conservative tooth replacement because it leaves the adjacent teeth intact. The bone and gum tissue mesh permanently with the titanium post that serves as the replacement tooth root.

Dental implants do not have the same decay risk as the teeth that anchor dental bridges. Of course patients with dental implants need to brush and floss, but cleaning a dental implant is usually no more difficult than cleaning a normal tooth.

Dental implants have a far better track record in Texas than dental bridges. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime for smile-smart San Antonio dental patients.

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, dental implants can replace one or more teeth providing stability, beauty, and natural function.  Additionally, they can also serve as anchors for full or partial dentures. No more embarrassing slipping!

If you want more specifics about dental implants, I invite you to call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS at 210-428-6535. I am Dr. William Stewart. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation. A celebrity-caliber smile can be yours with dental implants.

William J. Stewart Jr. DDS

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3-Tooth Solution For A 1-Tooth Problem?

On October 31, 2014, in Dental Implants, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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Do you have a missing tooth?
Are you considering the different types of restorative dental procedures available?
Does a dental bridge seem to make the most sense financially?

If you have a missing tooth and want to restore that gap in your mouth, it is critical to reflect on the differences between a dental bridge and a tooth implant.

Dental bridges have replaced teeth for generations of San Antonio dental patients. However, they have some drawbacks:

  • They are a 3-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem – the adjacent teeth must be prepped and crowned to hold the replacement (floating) tooth.
  • It is hard to properly clean the small areas under the bridge.
  • A dental bridge does not protect against bone recession at the extraction site.

Why does a tooth implant have advantages over a dental bridge?

  • It is a 1-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem.
  • It is usually stronger.
  • Will curtail the risk of bone recession (as compared to a bridge) because it replaces the tooth root.
  • It is usually not as difficult to clean as a dental bridge – lower risk of decay.
  • They commonly last longer.
  • Dental implants can support a denture or partial denture.

If you need to replace a tooth, talk to your San Antonio dentist about dental financing options.If you choose a dental implant, it will probably be less expensive in the long run.

If you want to learn more about dental implants, I invite you to call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS at 210-493-3040. I am Dr. William Stewart, and I am devoted to restoring smiles for my San Antonio area patients with stunning permanent restorations. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation at my San Antonio office.

6 Reasons To Ditch Your Dentures For Dental Implants

On December 13, 2013, in Dental Implants, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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6 Reasons To Ditch Your San Antonio Dentures For Dental Implants

For thousands of years, dentures have been allowing people to chew foods harder than mashed bananas and flash some teeth when they smile. However, San Antonio denture wearers know how unstable, irritating, embarrassing, and inconvenient they can be.

Today, San Antonio folks with missing teeth are fortunate to have a tooth replacement choice that is far better than both traditional dentures and dental bridges. A tooth implant provides the total package, so to speak. An implant replaces the visible part of the tooth and – this is key – also the root.

The dental implant process works like this: A super-strong titanium post is anchored directly into the jawbone. An abutment is then attached to the post. Finally, a crown or denture is attached to the abutment. Tooth implants provide the following benefits:

Stability – Implants don’t move around in your mouth.  This permits normal chewing, swallowing, and speech.
Bone Retention – The post prevents the bone loss that almost always occurs after a tooth is extracted
Dental implants prevent jaw muscle dysfunction that can occur when remaining teeth are forced to compensate for missing teeth
Tooth implants eliminate gum irritation caused by dentures
No need for denture relines
No denture adhesive needed (Remember, they are anchored in your jawbone just like natural teeth!)

San Antonio dental implant patients with one or two missing teeth can replace each missing tooth with a permanent implant. San Antonio folks with significant tooth loss are usually best served with an implant-anchored denture.

If you want more information about tooth implant costs in San Antonio or cosmetic dental financing, call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS at 210-493-3040. William J. Stewart Jr. DDS is a full-service general and cosmetic dental practice dedicated to preventative dental care. We offer:

 

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Are you a busy San Antonio resident who can’t find the time to improve your smile? My name is Dr. William Stewart and my staff and I at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS believe finding the time to restore missing, cracked, or discolored teeth is the most important thing you can do with your time.

You may think that hiding your smile as you zip around zip area 78230 running errands or dropping kids off will make your cosmetic dental problems disappear. Think again. At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS we have been treating the residents of San Antonio since 1981 and have seen the results of neglected teeth and gums. Don’t let your smile deteriorate any longer, call me today at 210-493-3040 to begin restoring your smile.

One of our specialties at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS is dental implants. Whether you have damaged or lost your tooth due to injury or periodontal disease, we have custom treatment plans to restore it. Our happy San Antonio dental implant patients have discovered that implants look and feel like their own teeth.

Dental implants are great for producing a foundation for dentures, supporting a bridge, or replacing a damaged tooth without disturbing the surrounding teeth. Since dental implants interface into the anatomy of your jaw they help reduce bone loss and gum recession.

My staff and I at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS would love to have a consultation and develop a comprehensive treatment plan for you. Your smile is our number one priority, make it yours as well and you will be healthier and happier.

We provide advanced general and cosmetic dentistry including dental implants, emergency dental treatment and sedation dentistry.

A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth In San Antonio

On February 24, 2012, in Dental Implants, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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San Antonio Permanent Tooth Replacement Are you one of the many San Antonio men and women who has had a tooth extracted? Perhaps you have a missing tooth as a result of emergency dentistry. If the tooth had been bothering you, it may have been a relief. Unless, of course, the tooth was in the front of your mouth and now the gaping hole shows every time you smile. Ignoring it is impossible because your tongue can’t leave it alone.

Once the tooth has been pulled, you have many decisions to make. Can I afford a dental bridge? Do I want to damage two healthy teeth to anchor the bridge? Should I go with a partial denture? What about bone loss?

What if you could have a fresh start? What if you could have a permanent, natural looking tooth replacement that would restore your smile and retain the healthy bone and gum tissue around the tooth root?

With a dental implant from William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, you can. A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. A dental implant consists of three parts: the titanium post, the abutment, and the restoration.

The Titanium Post
—Inserted directly into the jaw bone
—Extremely strong
—Titanium is unique in that it bonds with living bone tissue (also used in knee and hip replacement surgery)

The Abutment
—Can be made of gold, porcelain or titanium
—Permanently attached to the post (it will not slip and slide like dentures)

The Restoration (Dental Crown)
—Usually made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM)
—Is made to match the color of surrounding teeth
—Will look as good or better than the tooth it replaced

Dental implant surgery is not an experimental treatment. The materials and techniques have been tested and refined for several decades. It has been performed by San Antonio cosmetic dentists and prosthodontists for over twenty years. To schedule a dental implant consultation, call 210-493-3040.

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

More Valuable Than a Diamond

On February 3, 2012, in Dental Implants, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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“Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.”
-Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, 1605

San Antonio cosmetic dentistry When Cervantes wrote Don Quixote, there was no way to replace teeth that were lost to trauma or decay. We are fortunate to live here in San Antonio at a time where there is a permanent replacement for missing teeth-the amazing Dental Implant.

A dental implant, or tooth implant, is anchored into the jaw bone. It does not slide around like a removable denture. It functions just like a natural tooth.

With a dental implant, you can talk, chew, and brush like normal. Eat that steak. Laugh out loud. Sing at the top of your lungs!

The dental implant procedure available in San Antonio is not an experimental treatment. Dental implants have been available for many years. You can be sure that the dental implant procedure has been fully tested and tweaked to perfection. The success rate for dental implants in San Antonio is almost one hundred percent.

If you have a missing tooth and want to get a tooth implant, it is important to choose an experienced San Antonio cosmetic dental specialist to perform your implant procedure. To schedule a dental implant or cosmetic dentistry consultation, call 210-493-3040.

A San Antonio dental implant is a strong and beautiful tooth replacement that, incidentally, costs much less than a diamond of similar size. (See the quote at the beginning of this article.) To discuss financing options, contact our office.

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we offer the full spectrum of restorative, cosmetic, and general dentistry services. If you need a gentle sedation dentist to put your mind at ease or a precision smile design artist, we invite you to meet Dr. William Stewart, DDS.

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we are committed to providing superior dental care for patients from 20 to 70.

How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in San Antonio

On January 6, 2012, in Dental Implants, by Stewart Costmetic Dentistry
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How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in San Antonio If you are one of the many San Antonio denture wearers, you know that they are not the ideal solution for missing teeth.

The problems with dentures include slipping, gum irritation, trouble eating and talking, bone loss, and inability to taste food due to a covered palate. Clearly, dentures do not feel and function like natural teeth.

Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can help you avoid the need for dentures later in your life, but other factors can make dental replacements an inevitability.

The good news? Modern dental implant technology is making dentures a thing of the past.

At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS, we have information and expertise that can help bring hope to San Antonio denture wearers through dental implant technology. There are a variety of effective denture/implant tooth configurations.

Call William J. Stewart Jr. DDS at 210-493-3040 to book an implant overdenture consultation with cosmetic dentist Dr. William Stewart. We can help you understand your options and can recommend options.

If you currently wear traditional dentures and are not happy with them, implant anchored dentures may dramatically change your life. Your chewing ability will be similar to that of natural teeth and you will be able to eat hard foods again. How about a thick T-bone at your favorite San Antonio steakhouse? In addition to being able to enjoy your meal, you will avoid the embarrassment of having your dentures rattle around in your mouth in public.

Before you pay for another denture reline, ask your San Antonio dentist about the possibility of dental implants. While tooth implants are a significant investment, the dental implant cost is very reasonable when you consider they can last a lifetime.

Attention San Antonio denture wearers: there is life after dentures with tooth implants!

Come see us at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS at 13220 Huebner Rd in San Antonio, 78230 for more information about dental implants.

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