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Dr. Steven Pohlhaus

Dentistry
Linthicum, MD
33 years experience male

Locations

Baltimore Center for Laser Dentistry

Linthicum, MD

Address

1302 Concourse Drive, Suite 101, Linthicum, MD, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 7:00am - 7:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Chesapeake Life Insurance Company (The)

CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield

Cigna

Assurant Inc

Aetna

About

Bio

Dr. Pohlhaus is a native Baltimorean and had been practicing in Linthicum since 1992. He developed an interest in minimally invasive dentistry early in his career and began using dental lasers in 2004. He has devoted his career to introducing his patients and colleagues to the benefits of lasers. Dr. Pohlhaus has been lecturing on the topic of dental lasers since 2005 and is a trainer for Fotona USA's "Phast Start" Laser course for new owners of the Lightwalker Laser. He was also on the faculty at the University of Maryland Dental School in the Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences for twenty years. Dr. Pohlhaus also runs the Dominican Dental Project, an annual dental service project in that country.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Dentistry

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

148 Answers
62 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Yes: Hard tissue lasers can be used to perform most restorative dentistry, often without the need for local anesthetic. Just about any cavity can be treate... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Depends how severe: You should consult with your md as snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea. Dental devices can be very effective to control both non-apneic snoring and s... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Not Really: Antibiotics can help relieve dental discomfort within a day or two when properly prescribed for a given professional diagnosis. The bacteria in oral i... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Wait two weeks: If the lesion does not resolve in two weeks have it evaluated by a dentist. It is extremely unlikely to be oral cancer but it still may need treatment... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Monitor Closely: GI symptoms from antibiotics are common. However, if the diarrhea persists after discontinuing antibiotics or is severe you need to see and MD to rule... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Very rare.. But...: Unless you have damaged or replaced heart valves an infection of the heart from the teeth is quite unusual. If valves are damaged you do need to be ex... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Might be TMJ: Post op pain such as this is usually do either to the needle or strain in your jaw muscles from staying open. The best medicine right now is rest the ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Might throat sore: If you are prone to recurrent canker sores (recurrent aphthous stomatitis) they can also occur in the throat. Also recurrent aphthous can occur during... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
No Filling at all: Early diagnosis of dental decay (caries) can allow for interventions without the need for traditional fillings, that is, non surgical treatment. Throu... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Could be TMJ: Those symptoms could certainly indicate a TMJ problem. Visit my webpage on TMJ for more comprehensive explanation here.......http://www.laserdentistb... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
May be a gum issue: Your teeth may appear short due to too much gum tissue if not due to wear, trauma, etc. Crown lengthening can be done with a laser and the postoperati... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Get it checked: If it has been two months I would have it looked at . The most common cause of this is if the filling is slightly hgh. It may feel normal to bite on ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
No: Once extracted no tooth will grow back in its place...
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Here's the latest : This recommendation seems to change all the time. The latest opinion seems to indicate that antibiotic prophylaxis is not needed. Follow the link for... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Could be many things: Such growths in the mouth are quite common. It could simply be a bit of extra tissue as you indicated. Two other common diagnoses for such growths are... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Normal Finding: Geographic tongue is quite common and needs no treatment. The "map-like" pattern it gets it's name from will change and wax and wane over time and thi... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Bite on a tea bag: Biting on a tea bag (real tea...not herbal!) can help blood to clot.
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Probably not cancer: Lip cancers usually do not come on suddenly like that. Probably trauma like you think. However , if the lesion persists for more than two weeks or rec... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Talk to sleep doctor: Those symptoms may indicate some type of sleep disordered breathing such as apnea or upper airway resistance syndrome. A consult with a sleep physicia... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Not Very: If you have made it a week without a dry socket the odds of getting one are pretty slim.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Less with Lasers: Laser dentistry has eliminated the use of local anesthetic in my office ~ 90 percent of the time for routine filling work for 9 years now. Otherwise p... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
4x a day: Apply to ulcer four times a day. If you would like to make it a bit stickier mix it with Orabase...available OTC
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Get it Checked: If it is a dental problem,the pain you describe could most likely be either inflammation in your jaw joint or referred pain from a tooth. This type of... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Aggravating Factor: The actual cause for grinding is often not known. Stress will often result in increased grinding in a patient who already has the habit.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Lido with epi OK: Dental care is fine during your pregnancy with a few common sense guidelines. Lidocaine with epinephrine is categorized as Pregnancy category B and is... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Lasers can help: If there is a dentist in your area that has a laser they can effectively shorten the healing time. Common canker sores (Sores not on your gums) are no... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
A thorough exam..yes: Make sure your dentist looks at your throat and has you stick out your tongue so they can see the sides/back of the tongue for any pre cancerous chang... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Healthy Diet : A well balanced diet with minimal sugar is the most important. Start proper toothbrushing habits as early as possible. An exam at 18 months is recomme... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Get to the dentist: Have a dentist take a look and they can help diagnose the problem. In the meantime ibuprofen and warm salt water rinses can help control the pain some... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Only the nerve: Only the nerve tissue inside the root is removed. The root is left in place. For more info on root canals check out this webpage...http://www.laserden... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Possibly: Dry mouth and eyes can indicate Sjogren's syndrome. Your primary physician or a rheumatologist can help make the diagnosis.
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Diagnosis?: It is important that a proper diagnosis is made. Was a biopsy taken? Lichen planus in the erosive form can be quite uncomfortable. It can often be man... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Not Likely: Oral hairy leukoplakia is a fairly specific diagnosis. It consists of fuzzy white patches on the side of the tongue (not the cheeks). It is associated... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Medicine for that: You should see your dentist for definitive diagnosis and prescription. Angular cheilitis is a fungal infection of the skin at the corners of the mouth... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Could Be: Actual swelling (that is look in the mirror and your face is puffy) from a sinusitis is not very common, but can occur in severe cases. Dental pain du... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Root Canal Likely: Hopefully the tooth is fixable from a structural standpoint. The pain you are having strongly indicates a need for root canal treatment (or extraction... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Needs Evaluation: Call your dentist to take a look. You may be getting a dry socket or other post operative infection. If so it will need to be treated. This is not unc... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Get to the Dentist: A swollen face is a very worrisome sign that the infection has spread from the tooth and jawbone into the soft tissues of the face. Left untreated thi... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
No...: Aleve and Ibuprofen are the same type of drug...NSAIDS. By taking them together you effectively are overdosing. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a different... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Cause and Effect?: There is a lot of synergy with these various problems. TMJ syndrome actually causing all those problems is not likely. However TMJ issues and postura... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
See DDS don't delay: An inability to open one's mouth can be a sign of a serious dental infection. If it is the cause the infection is spreading beyond the tooth into the ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Not Usually: Classic aphthous ulcers (ie canker sores) occur on the non gum tissues of the mouth the great majority of the time. Ulcers on the gingiva are usually ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Lasers can help: A dentist with a laser can help you. Using what is known as photobiomodulation (or biostimulation) the healing time for mouth ulcers can be reduced to... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Get it checked: There are many things that can present this way. The most common cause is a enlarged salivary gland called a mucocele. These are benign and fairly eas... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Might be : It could be. Jaw pain and bite changes can be a sign of an acute TMD episode. A problem with a tooth can give the same symptoms as well. Dental pain c... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Needs to be checked: Pain in the teeth may have many causes. The tongue itself can not damage the teeth but this may be a sign of teeth grinding (bruxism) which is quite c... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
See a dentist: The pea size lumps are probably lymph nodes. The oral signs you indicate may mean you have chronic periodontal disease which may explain the enlarged... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
No: Oral Devices that pull the lower jaw forward are another option..known as Mandibular Advancement Devices. The are considered appropriate treatment for... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Call your dentist: Visible swelling that many days after the procedure may indicate a postoperative infection. You may need antibiotics or if you are taking them already... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
Dentistry 33 years experience
Get it checked: An inflamed nerve causes the tooth to respond painfully to cold. An important thing to note is how long the pain lasts. If responds to cold only and l... Read More

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Mar 22, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Pohlhaus is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Pohlhaus is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I have looked it up. Not many dds's use it. My take on it: Protocol does not allow gum to be sutured. It's like LANAP with a very fragile tissue adherence. Mostly fails....Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I am hopeful that I can keep the suspected retreated root canaled #15 tooth that is the last one in the UL quadrant. Perio had said to pull. I then saw an endodontist. F...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I will make sure that I floss as usual and will not be so concerned about getting permanent cement. I now have better context in this. Florida dentists leave so many una...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Maryland Dental School
Graduated 1989MD

Residency

VA Medical Center, Washington DC

Awards

Top Dentist, Second Place, Maryland - Winter
2013
Top Dentist, First Place, Maryland - Spring
2015
Thought Leader, Second Place, Maryland - Winter
2015

Affiliations

American Dental Association
American Academy of Oral Medicine
Academy of General Dentistry
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