Martha's Vineyard Endodontist, Dr. Karen Gear, Announces the Grand Opening of Her New Practice, Bringing Advanced Technology for Saving Teeth to Island Residents

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Dr. Karen Gear, a New York endodontist whose dental career spans over two decades, is pleased to announce the grand opening of her new dental practice in Martha’s Vineyard on Friday, June 14. For island residents, Martha’s Vineyard Endodontics will provide proximity to dental technology designed to save teeth.

Dr. Karen Gear is a Martha's Vineyard endodontist

Dr. Karen Gear brings Advanced Technology in endodontics to Martha's Vineyard.

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New York endodontist, Dr. Karen Gear, has relocated from New York and opened a new office on Martha’s Vineyard. This will provide residents and visitors advanced endodontics services, specializing in saving teeth. As an island resident, Dr. Gear is the sole owner of her practice, offering locals year-round endodontic treatment at an accessible location. She is now accepting new and emergency patients.

June 14 will be the official grand opening of the practice, although Dr. Gear is currently working at this location. Locals looking to save their teeth will no longer have to take a ferry to receive treatment but can visit Dr. Gear right on the island to preserve their teeth. The new office location is on Martha’s Vineyard at Tisbury Market place, just a short walk from the Steamship Authority Terminal. Her practice also allows her the ability to work with general dentists on the island through referrals so that shared patients can have optimized dental services. Patients can also call and schedule their own appointment, and do not need a referring dentist to see Dr. Gear.

Martha’s Vineyard Endodontics offers a wide range of services and dental treatments to choose from. Dr. Gear specializes in endodontic procedures that aim to save teeth, focusing on the roots and reconstructing cracked teeth and dental trauma. As a member of the American Association of Endodontists, Dr. Gear is a specialist that focuses on diagnosing, preventing and treating diseases that develop in the soft tissue of your tooth or root canal. Being an endodontist separates her from a dentist in that she has received extensive training on root canal treatment and issues related to the teeth after receiving her dental degree.

Treatments available on Martha’s Vineyard include a variety of advanced options such as treatment of pulp (tooth nerve exposure), evaluation of a painful tooth or teeth, second opinions, root canals, re-treatments of failed root canals, dental trauma, and apical surgery (tooth root surgery). She utilizes a laser for sterilizing root canals before sealing. Another noteworthy technology available at Dr. Gear’s new office is the VELscope, an early oral cancer screening device.

Along with standard endodontic treatments, Dr. Gear belongs to an elite group of dental professionals that have completed the training and possess the equipment required to perform the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), the only laser gum disease treatment cleared by the FDA. She is one of only two dental professionals in the Cape Cod region to offer this laser treatment. As opposed to traditional gum surgery, which requires cutting and suturing in order to remove the infected tissue, laser gum surgery is far less invasive. The laser’s ability to target only the diseased gum tissue without disturbing the healthy areas enables Dr. Gear to eradicate the periodontitis and reduce the inflammation without making any incisions. For patients, this means significantly less pain and discomfort as well as a much shorter recovery period. The top reason patients cite for choosing LANAP is its ability to potentially save their natural teeth, which they might have lost without removing gum disease. This makes laser gum surgery a more patient accepted treatment choice for gum disease.

People on island and off island are welcome to visit Dr. Gear. For more information about Dr. Karen Gear’s new office location and the advanced endodontic treatments she offers, visit today!

Dr. Karen Gear is an endodontist offering personalized dental care to patients in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. After receiving her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Howard University College of Dentistry in 1989, Dr. Gear continued her education at the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed the Endodontic Specialty training program a few years later and has practiced endodontics in New York City since 1993. Dr. Gear is LANAP certified and belongs to the one percent of dental professionals in the country currently providing the only FDA cleared laser gum disease treatment. To learn more about Martha’s Vineyard Endodontics and their dental services, please visit their website at

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