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Dr. Steven Alan Guttenberg, DDS MD

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Dr. Steven Guttenberg is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon practicing in Washington, DC. Dr. Guttenberg specializes in the treatment of problems related to the face, mouth and jaws. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Guttenberg is a unique dental specialist who can provide emergency medicine, perform general surgery and give anesthesia. These medical doctors are the only type of medical care specialist who can administer anesthesia, besides anesthesiologists. Typical procedures performed by Dr. Guttenberg are tooth extractions, especially wisdom teeth, corrective jaw surgery, cleft palate surgery and reconstructive surgery after an injury. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons can also perform dental work including placing dental implants. These surgeons might also deal with conditions of sleep apnea, oral cancers and more.
49 years Experience
Dr. Steven Alan Guttenberg, DDS MD
  • Washington, DC
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Accepting new patients

I don’t like the shape of my mouth. Can it be corrected?

It may be treatable. However, you must see a competent oral and maxillofacial surgeon first and then have a diagnosis made. Once it is, a treatment plan can be developed.

How is an overbite fixed?

Once properly diagnosed, your problem can probably be solved by a combination of orthodontic treatment and possibly jaw surgery. Please visit you oral and maxillofacial surgeon READ MORE
Once properly diagnosed, your problem can probably be solved by a combination of orthodontic treatment and possibly jaw surgery. Please visit you oral and maxillofacial surgeon for more information.

Is surgery helpful in treating sleep apnea?

Surgery to move your jaw forward may be the answer to your issue. See your oral and maxillofacial surgeon so he or she can evaluate you for that kind of surgery.

What are the possible treatments available for dental cysts?

If the cysts are caused by a dead tooth, root canal treatment may be helpful. It they are not, enucleation can help cure. The surgery performed by a competent oral and maxillofacial READ MORE
If the cysts are caused by a dead tooth, root canal treatment may be helpful. It they are not, enucleation can help cure. The surgery performed by a competent oral and maxillofacial surgeon should not be difficult.

After a root canal are there chances of an infection in the jaw?

Infection is a possibility. Return to the dentist who performed the procedure and have it checked out.

My wisdom tooth hurts a lot. Is extraction the only option?

Your wisdom tooth stopped erupting years ago. What is happening is that your gum tissue, due to inflammation, has started wearing away. Extraction is probably the best option.

After my oral surgery I got mouth sores. What could cause this?

They are probably temporary and should disappear in 7-10 days. It is not a complication of surgery.

Will I have to be on a liquid diet post my oral surgery?

Depending on the type of surgery, you may have to take a liquid or soft diet. Just make certain that your caloric intake is identical to the ADA diet that you should normally be READ MORE
Depending on the type of surgery, you may have to take a liquid or soft diet. Just make certain that your caloric intake is identical to the ADA diet that you should normally be on.

What can I expect after a tooth extraction?

Soreness and swelling for about 3 days is normal.

What are the potential treatments for TMJ?

Treatment can range from medication, to bite appliances, to close or open joint surgery. You must see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to make the proper diagnosis of what is READ MORE
Treatment can range from medication, to bite appliances, to close or open joint surgery. You must see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to make the proper diagnosis of what is causing your joint problem. Then a treatment plan can be formulated.

What can I do to relieve pain from my TMJ?

Treatment can range from medication, to bite appliances, to close or open joint surgery. You must see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to make the proper diagnosis of what is READ MORE
Treatment can range from medication, to bite appliances, to close or open joint surgery. You must see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to make the proper diagnosis of what is causing your joint problem. Then a treatment plan can be formulated.

Fear of local anaesthetic allergy

The odds of having a true allergic reaction to modern local anesthetics is extremely rare. I would not worry about it. In the highly unlikely event that it did occur, your dentist READ MORE
The odds of having a true allergic reaction to modern local anesthetics is extremely rare. I would not worry about it. In the highly unlikely event that it did occur, your dentist should be fully able to treat it.

I have a hard bump in my gums after my tooth extraction. What can I do?

See the dentist who performed the surgery to evaluate your situation.

I had a car accident that caused my bottom jaw to be out of place. Can surgery help me?

Yes. This is commonly done. Please see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who can help properly diagnose and treat your issue.