Steinhilber is a periodontist... What does that mean?
A: That means that Dr. Steinhilber is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases.
Q: What is periodontal disease?
A: Periodontal disease is more commonly know as gum disease. Gum disease can destroy the bone and surrounding tissue supporting the teeth if the problem goes untreated. This can cause teeth to become loose, and in some cases, painful. Gum disease can also cause bad breath, alter the appearance of your smile, and the worst case scenario would be tooth loss.
Q: How can I avoid gum disease?
A: Periodontal disease is mainly caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque. The best way to remove plaque before it becomes a problem is through careful, daily brushing and flossing and regular professional examinations and cleanings.
Q: Let's say I need treatment, what does that involve?
A: After an review of your medical and dental history, your gums and teeth will be examined. Radiographs may also need to be taken to evaluate bone supporting the teeth. Most treatment involves removing plaque and calculus (hardened deposits) and smoothing the root surfaces. More advanced cases may require surgery.
Q: What does the process involve ?
A: Advances in technology have improved equipment, local anesthetics are provided, and modern techniques are used. Most patients desire IV sedation to make treatment more comfortable keeping in mind that treatment is tailored to suite individual needs. All of this makes periodontal treatment more comfortable than ever before. Comfort during and after treatment will be tailored to suit your individual needs.
Q: Is it expensive?
A: Cost will vary depending on your needs. After the suggested treatment has been determined you will be given an estimate. Keep in mind this treatment is better for your health and less costly than replacing the teeth you'll lose if you let this go untreated.