s-patient1We work as a team with our dental specialists to provide state of the art dental care for our patients. Our emphasis is on total preventive care for our patients in the best setting possible.

Dental Examination

We will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums, specifically looking for any potential problems. Depending on the patient, X-rays may be taken. If there are any signs of decay or other problems, we will recommend treatment options and make notes of any conditions that may need future observation. Oral hygiene instructions will also be provided along with suggestions to help you care for your teeth.

Routine Teeth Cleanings

At least twice a year, you should schedule a routine dental cleaning. Depending on your oral health some patients require 3 - 4 dental cleanings each year.  During each visit, one of our dental hygienists will remove plaque from your teeth, especially from places where your brush can’t reach, such as underneath the gum line and between teeth. We will then clean your teeth and apply fluoride to help protect your teeth once you leave the office.

Fillings

“Fillings” replace damaged or decayed tooth structure with a restorative material. There are several different types of filling materials, including:

  • Silver amalgam: Silver was once the most commonly used material when it came to dental restorations, such as fillings. However, silver fillings do not have much aesthetic appeal to patients. We no longer provide this service in our office. All silver fillings eventually need to be replaced over time. When that time comes, we replace the old silver fillings with something gold or white, either a filling, onlay or crown depending on how much tooth structure  remains. 

  • Gold fillings: Gold fillings are very durable, able to last approximately 10 to 15 years. The main drawback to gold fillings is the cost of the restoration, since gold is a precious metal.

  • White fillings: After much research, some new tooth-colored materials have been developed that are stronger, longer-lasting and more aesthetically pleasing to our patients. These new tooth-colored fillings bond directly to the tooth, strengthening it by restoring most of its original shape. The fillings can even be custom-colored to match your teeth to help give you the most natural-looking smile possible.

Root Canals

A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed tissue from inside a tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthened filler. There are a number of reasons a root canal may be necessary, including dental injuries, severe decay and infection or inflammation in the tooth pulp. When left untreated, these problems can cause extensive damage to the tooth structure.

Root canals can typically be completed in one visit, with an endodontist,  although more extensive cases may require another appointment. You will also be able to drive yourself home from their office after the appointment.

Tooth Extractions

An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are sometimes necessary if:

  • A primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth
  • The tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired
  • The patient has gum disease
  • The tooth is impacted – this is usually the case with the third molars, or “wisdom teeth,” as they erupt years after the other teeth and often have insufficient room in the jaw

Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically by the oral surgeon. A mild anesthesia is used to ensure the patient is as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.In addition, our specialists provide sedation to their patients when indicated. 

Laura L. Steinberg, D.D.S., P.A.

  • The Office of Dr. Laura L. Steinberg - 601 Walter Reed Dr., Greensboro, NC 27403 Phone: 336-855-1001 Fax: 336-855-1343

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