Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery


Q: What is an oral & maxillofacial surgeon (OMS)?
A: First, maxillofacial is a term used to describe actions of, pertaining to, or affecting the jaws and face - such as maxillofacial surgery. In addition to being a periodontist, Dr. Steinhilber also specializes in the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.

Q: So, what does an OMS do?
A: An OMS does a number of things. They provide safe and effective anesthesia in order to provide the following services: extract impacted and nonrestorable teeth (dentoalveolar surgery), replace lost teeth (dental implants), perform corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery), remove complex tumors (oncologic surgery), rebuild faces damaged by injury or disease (reconstructive surgery), and relieve jaw pain (TMJ surgery). They also perform cosmetic surgery of the face, jaws, and neck.

Q: What training has Dr. Steinhilber had?
A: Following graduation from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Steinhilber completed a two-year residency in Periodontics and obtained his MSD (Masters of Science in Dentistry degree). Following that, he completed a four-year residency in Oral & Maxilofacial Surgery. During his surgery residency, he had extensive training in oral & maxilofacial surgery, plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ENT) and general surgery. He also received extensive training in advanced facial trauma surgery, implant and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Steinhilber is a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ACOMS). He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ABOMS). This required an intensive application and examination process, including a comprehensive written and oral examination. He recently passed an intensive recertification examination of the ABOMS.

Q: Will it be covered by my insurance?
A: Many oral and maxillofacial procedures are covered by dental insurance, medical insurance or both. Some cosmetic and elective procedures are not covered. This is something you'll want to discuss with Dr. Steinhilber or the staff.