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May 06, 2022
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What is a Periodontist?

The gums are an important yet frequently overlooked part of the human anatomy.

Also known as the gingiva, this pink, fleshy tissue surrounds the teeth and covers the jawbone. The gums hold teeth securely in place while acting as a protective barrier and shock absorber. Most people don’t realize that the gums can also become an entry point for bacteria, leading to serious medical issues like pneumonia, bronchitis, and heart disease.

PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick, MD and Urbana, MD recognizes the importance of the gums and other tooth-supporting tissues to maintaining healthy smiles and overall health, with highly trained specialists on staff to diagnose and treat these critical issues. These specialists are known as Periodontists.

What is a Periodontist?

Periodontists are dentists who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease (gum disease), as well as the placement of dental implants. Periodontics is one of nine specialty areas recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA).

The word periodontal originated from the Greek words “peri”, meaning around, and “odon”, meaning tooth. With this definition in mind, periodontists are adept at diagnosing and treating conditions related to the gums as well as the jawbone, ligaments, and other tissues that support the teeth.

What does a Periodontist do?

Top periodontists, including Dr. Sharma and Dr. Pasieta of PearlFection Dentistry, favor a proactive approach that begins with prevention and non-surgical treatments and extends to cutting-edge restorations and surgical procedures if and when they are necessary.

Recognizing the Symptoms

Common signs of early-stage periodontal disease (Gingivitis) might be observed by a general dentist or dental hygienist during teeth cleaning. These symptoms include swollen or bleeding gums, gaps or “pockets” forming between the gum edges and teeth, gum sores, halitosis (bad breath), and unusual sensitivity to hot and/or cold liquids.

Customizing a Treatment Plan with your Periodontist

General dentists receive the training needed to recognize gum disease and treat less serious periodontal cases, but the focused education and training of a periodontist gives them a broader set of diagnostic tools and treatment options.

Once a patient has been referred to a periodontist, they will usually undergo a detailed periodontal exam. A treatment plan will be developed to control or eliminate the symptoms and stop infections from progressing into more severe periodontitis. The periodontist might also request a biopsy to test any suspicious gum sores or lesions.

Some of the many treatments and surgical procedures commonly performed by periodontists include:

  • Scaling and Root Planing – Deep teeth cleaning (scaling) with advanced dental tools is used to remove all plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. Rough areas of the roots are then cleaned and smoothed out (planed) so that they will reattach to the teeth more easily. 
  • Pocket Reduction Surgery – Also known as flap reduction, this minor gum surgery is performed to reduce the size of bacteria-trapping pockets that have formed between the teeth and gums due to the impact of periodontal disease on the supporting tissue and bone.
  • Crown lengthening – This form of restorative gum surgery reshapes the gum tissue to expose more of the tooth surface and improve the appearance. This process is also used to avail more of the natural tooth for bonding when a crown is installed over it.
  • Frenectomy – The skills and experience of Dr. Sharma and Dr. Pasieta are utilized to perform many types of soft tissue restoration. This includes frenectomy procedures to repair the connecting tissues between the lips, tongue, and gums.

Periodontists and Dental Implants

Periodontists are trained to perform delicate surgical procedures on the jawbone and other tooth-supporting anatomy. This expertise serves them well in the placement of dental implants.

  • Dental implants typically consist of a screw-like, metal (titanium) post that is secured to the jawbone. An abutment segment attached to the implant body is used to permanently install a porcelain crown.
  • Implant crowns are strong and realistic prosthetics that form the visible portion of the tooth replacement. Crowns can also be used to cover and protect cracked natural teeth. Implant crowns are made by special dental labs based on a cast of the patent’s existing teeth.
  • Implant supported dentures are an appliance method where a series of implants is used to permanently fix complete dentures to the jawbone. Unlike removable dentures that rest on the gums, implant supported dentures provide greater convenience along with a more natural look and feel

Oral surgeons are also well-versed in the placement of dental implants. The seating of prosthetic implant crowns might benefit from the expertise of a prosthodontist. With all these valuable specialties under one roof, PearlFection Dentistry fosters a smooth and successful dental implant process with a high standard of patient satisfaction.

Becoming a Periodontist

Periodontists must complete their undergraduate (Bachelors) degree, followed by four years of dental school. From there, they will typically spend three more years in training as a periodontal resident.

During residency, the periodontist-in-training will master dozens of complex surgical procedures and treatments while studying to absorb the latest scientific and practical knowledge. It is no surprise that precision, attention to detail, and curiosity are among the personality traits found in many successful periodontists.

As board certified or board eligible specialists with a wealth of training, knowledge, and experience, Dr. Sharma and Dr. Pasieta combine an unwavering commitment to their craft with a singular dedication to the health and satisfaction of their patients. 

Choosing the Right Periodontist

Many of us establish long-term partnerships with our general dentist. They can also become our trusted advisors when we need to choose a specialist. Direct access to top periodontists who put the health and comfort of their patients first can take some of the stress and worry out of this difficult decision.

With over 47% of adults over 30 in the U.S. showing signs of gum disease, a dental office with all specialties (including periodontists) available is a wise and convenient option. The services offered by PearlFection Dentistry range from deep teeth cleaning, whitening, and orthodontics to the placement of complex implant supported dentures.

If you have concerns about the health of your teeth or gums, don't hesitate! The dentists and specialists at PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland are here to help. Call us at (301) 663-5550 to set up a consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions that you have.

If you're considering getting an implant, you'll most certainly have questions for Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD. You might be wondering how a dental implant compares to a real tooth. Let's look at some of the differences between implants and natural teeth. 

It should be noted that one of the primary goals of implant dentistry is to try to provide the same form and function as your natural teeth. However, with that in mind, know that an implant is not a tooth. An implant does not decay and does not have dental pulp or periodontal membrane-like teeth. 

An implant won't always work in every case, but they do have some great advantages when they are called for.  

Some advantages of an implant: 

  • Often last for decades without needing to be replaced 
  • Create a functional and aesthetically pleasing replacement for your missing tooth 
  • Don't require surrounding teeth for support 
  • Do not decay like natural teeth 
  • Can be fixed or removable 
  • Can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth 

There are downsides to implants where natural teeth win out. The disadvantages of implants include: 

  • Higher cost compared to traditional dentistry 
  • It's a surgical procedure that requires a period of healing afterward 
  • Fracturing of fixtures and loosening of screws can occur (only in about 5% of patients) 
  • Since there is no cushion between the implant and the bone, the fracturing of crowns and bridges is more common with implants than with natural teeth, though this is rare. 

It's best to speak with Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, about your options regarding implants. Let us know what you want to achieve and we'll work with you as best we can to accomplish that. And don't hesitate to contact our office at 301-663-5550.

Our wonderful staff: Our general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr. Alex Sin Deuk Kim, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani.

Comprehensive Dental Care clinic with 15 doctors under one roof welcomes Dr. Constanza Mondragon DMD as a Pediatric Dentist for their Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland locations.

By: Pearlfection Dentistry

FREDERICK, Md. – April 4, 2022 - PRLog -- PearlFection Dentistry is proud to announce that Dr. Constanza (Connie) Mondragon has joined the practice as a full-time Pediatric Dentist. Dr. Mondragon is a board-certified Pediatric Dental Specialist with a passion for bringing healthy smiles to young patients and setting them on course for a lifetime of oral health.

Dr. Mondragon is originally from Columbia, South America. Inspired by her desire to serve others, she attended dental school at El Bosque University in Bogota where she received her DDS degree in 1995. After relocating to the U.S. in 2002, she completed the International Dental Graduate program at Nova Southeastern University in Florida and earned her DMD degree in 2015. In keeping with her interest in the unique dental needs of children, she went on to receive a post-graduate degree in Pediatric Dentistry from NSU in 2017. She later traded the sunshine and beaches of Florida for the proximity of family in the D.C. Metropolitan area.

“Dr. Connie” is committed to providing a high standard of care to implement and maintain her young patients' oral health while embracing the joy they bring. As an experienced bilingual (English/Spanish) Pediatric Dentist, she hopes to encourage healthy smiles and make a difference in the lives of her patients. Her belief in ethics, caring, and dedication to children and families has been demonstrated through volunteer activities and events aimed at providing essential dental services to children in need.

Outside of the office, Dr. Mondragon enjoys spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoys playing soccer with her nephew, which requires her to stay fit through long walks, Zumba, and working out at the gym. She also enjoys traveling, dancing, going to the movies, and outdoor activities.

Dr. Mondragon will be seeing pediatric dental patients at both the Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland locations, utilizing the most advanced dental facilities and equipment available. This includes specialized pediatric tools and materials for imaging, cavity filling, and cleaning. Dr. Mondragon will be supported by on-staff orthodontists and other specialists at PearlFection Dentistry with pediatric expertise. This creates a convenient, worry-free environment for young patients and their families when teeth straightening, gum treatment, oral surgery, or other specialized services are necessary.

As a Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Mondragon is dedicated to the oral health of children ranging from infants to teens and young adults. This specialty oversees the important transition from primary (“baby”) teeth to secondary teeth. Pediatric Dentists are well versed in orthodontic teeth-straightening methods, extractions, and the treatment of dental injuries. They often work closely with other specialists, general dentists, and pediatricians to ensure the best course of treatment. Dr. Mondragon emphasizes oral health education for her patients, reinforcing the importance of good dental hygiene habits and regular cleanings to prevent cavities and other common dental issues. As an experienced “kid’s dentist” she is adept at making children of all ages feel safe and comfortable while providing them with the best possible care.

The entire PearlFection Dentistry staff is excited by the addition of Dr. Mondragon to the Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland dental offices. As a skilled, caring, and dedicated kid’s dentist who feels she only receives rewards from the little ones, she personifies the PearlFection commitment to comprehensive dental care for the entire family, including adults, seniors, and children. With all dentistry under one roof, Dr. Connie’s addition to the growing PearlFection family bolsters an exceptional team that includes General Dentists, Cosmetic Dentists, two Periodontists, two Prosthodontists, two Oral Surgeons, two Orthodontists, two Endodontists, and a highly dedicated group of Hygienists, Dental Assistants, and office personnel.

About PearlFection Dentistry: PearlFection Dentistry has been providing patients with top-quality dental treatment in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere since 1977. PearlFection maintains convenient locations in Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland and is owned and operated by its dentists. PearlFection is currently welcoming new patients, and most forms of dental insurance are accepted.

Call today to schedule an appointment with our friendly patient coordinator at 301-663-5550 or 301-831-8303 (Urbana), or visit our websites: or to learn more about PearlFection Dentistry or make an appointment online.

Stewart Stringer




PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick MD and Urbana MD
Welcomes Dr. Scott Pasieta – Board Certified Periodontist

Dr. Pasieta will be the 15th doctor at PearlFection Dentistry and the 2nd on staff Periodontist.

By: Pearlfection Dentistry
FREDERICK, Md. - March 22, 2022 - PRLog -- PearlFection Dentistry is proud to announce that Dr. Scott Pasieta will be joining the PearlFection dental staff as a Periodontist, effective March 28, 2022.

With over a decade of Periodontal experience, Dr. Pasieta brings a wealth of expertise in gum disease treatment, advanced cosmetic procedures, and the placement of dental implants. In addition to supporting PearlFection Dentistry patients with non-surgical root planing and scaling treatments to clean and repair damaged tissue, Dr. Pasieta will also be using his expertise to perform dental implant surgery, crown lengthening, gum recontouring, and pocket reduction procedures.

After completing his graduate studies at the University of Maryland Dental School, Dr. Pasieta went on to earn his certificate in Periodontics from the Naval Postgraduate Dental School in Bethesda, Maryland. As a Navy Periodontist, Dr. Pasieta was afforded the opportunity to practice and travel all over the world, gaining valuable personal and professional experience along the way. While in Hawaii, he established a private Periodontic practice and served as an attending Clinical Periodontics faculty member for the New York University Waikiki Health Clinic. This breadth of experience has contributed to Dr. Pasieta’s impressive skill set and focus on exceptional patient care.

Dr. Pasieta is a dual board-certified Periodontist, accredited by the American Board of Periodontology in the areas of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry and a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. The ICOI is the world’s largest dental implant organization and the largest provider of continuing dental implant education. Dr. Pasieta is also an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology and the American Dental Association.

Determining the best dentist, specialist(s), and support staff to meet the unique needs of each patient is essential for ensuring an optimized outcome. The addition Dr. Pasieta compliments the PearlFection commitment to comprehensive dental care with all dentistry under one roof. Dr. Pasieta will join existing Periodontist Dr. Atul Sharma to become the second Periodontist in the Frederick Maryland office. These highly qualified specialists make use of the most advanced facilities, equipment, and tools available for gum surgery and implantology, with the ultimate goal of ensuring ongoing oral health and wellness.

When not in the office caring for his patients, Dr. Pasieta enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, cooking, attending the theater, and watching sports. "I am extremely excited to join the incredible team at PearlFection Dentistry," says Dr. Pasieta. "I look forward to making wonderful connections with my patients while treating them like family."
As a Periodontist, Dr. Pasieta specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of inflammatory diseases that affect the gums and other tooth-supporting tissues. Periodontists treat cases ranging from mild gingivitis to severe gum infections and other conditions requiring aggressive periodontal therapy or surgical intervention, including the placement of dental implants.

The PearlFection Dentistry staff looks forward to the addition of Dr. Pasieta to the growing team of dentists and specialists. With all dentistry under one roof ranging from cleaning, teeth whitening, and orthodontics to complex implant-supported dentures such as restorative all-on four dentures, the skills Dr. Pasieta brings to the table as an experienced, dual board-certified Periodontist expand and enhance the PearlFection Dental portfolio of services.

About PearlFection Dentistry: PearlFection Dentistry ( has been meeting the comprehensive dental care needs of the Frederick Maryland community since 1977. Along with an additional full-service dental office located in Urbana Maryland, they strive to ensure patients receive top-quality dental treatment while enjoying a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. With 15 doctors now on staff in various specialties including pediatrics, cosmetic treatment, and everything in between, you'll be confident your oral hygiene is always in the very best hands. Call today to schedule your appointment with our friendly patient coordinator at (301) 663-5550.

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