Dr. Steven H. Poulos received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Creighton University in 1979. His special interests include helping anxious patients overcome dental fears, reconstruction of complex dental problems, cosmetic make-overs, emergency care, implant dentistry, children’s dentistry and advanced periodontic care.Dr. Poulos and his wife Cathy have two sons. They enjoy outdoor activities, travel, culinary pursuits, art and musical venues, and exterior gardening. They are active in their church, community and with their children’s activities.
Affiliations and Achievements:
- Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry
- Member, American Dental Association
- Member, Arizona State Dental Association
- Member, Central Arizona Dental Society
- Member, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Secret Weapons for Painless Dentistry
- Secret Weapons for Success
Dr. Stevens at My Scottsdale Dentist provide a friendly and comfortable atmosphere along with the latest and greatest technologies covering all types of restorative dental services including dental implants. You will enjoy distinct dental care that will enhance the quality of your life as well as your family’s.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances. Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
- Restore a patient’s confident smile.
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
In order to determine the best course of treatment, My Scottsdale Dentist uses a variety of diagnostic tools.
X-rays help us to really see what’s going on. They allow us to see in between the teeth and under existing fillings to help us detect tooth decay. X-rays also allow us to check the health of the bone supporting the teeth.
Dr. Poulos take diagnostic impressions to ensure the fit of any crown, bridge, or denture. The exact shape of your teeth and gums is molded in a flexible mixture that sets quickly. The mold is then used to create a replica of your mouth.
Comprehensive Oral Exams
The first step in any dental care plan is to determine your existing health conditions. All first-time patients receive a comprehensive examination, to include documenting your medical history, taking full x-rays, screening for oral cancer, examining periodontal (gum) condition, checking each tooth for cavities, and examining your jaw and bite.
Periodic Oral Exams
Once you are an established patient with a preventive dental care plan, you will want to see us regularly for cleanings and check-ups. Periodic exams are important for maintaining your healthy smile.
Consultation and Treatment Planning
Oral health is a lifelong concern. My Scottsdale Dentist, Scottsdale, Az takes the time to ensure you understand the conditions that need treatment and create a plan for correcting them. Dr. Poulos will also discuss the options for any cosmetic treatments you may be interested in. Additionally, we will outline a regular course of preventive care.
Gum Disease Diagnosis
Gum disease is much more common than people think. My Scottsdale Dentist will examine your gums for disease and determine the best course of treatment. Regular, careful brushing and flossing are essential to gum health.
Oral Cancer Screening
Anyone who smokes or uses chewing tobacco are especially at risk for oral cancer, but everyone who comes to us for a comprehensive exam is checked. No one is immune to cancer and as with any other disease, early detection and treatment important.
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. Poulos at your initial dental visit. Regular check-ups are recommended thereafter for prevention and early detection. At My Scottsdale Dentist, your regular check-up exams include the following:
- Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
- Dental Hygiene Cleaning: Removal of tarter and deep cleaning of teeth
- Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
- Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc
Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your molars, dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic coating is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively seals the deep grooves where decay is most likely to start.
A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface.
Children benefit greatly from dental sealants because thoroughly brushing back teeth can be difficult for kids. If the dentists at My Scottsdale Dentist recommends dental sealants for your child, don’t worry about professional removal of the sealant. The material will wear off naturally and safely over the years, providing a strong shield against decay at first, then simply dissolving when the child is old enough to no longer need the protection.