Dr. Mark Wiesen is a San Francisco periodontists who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease and gingival recession. Dr. Wiesen has received extensive training beyond dental school including a general practice residen, 3 years of advanced education in periodontology, and advanced certification in laser periodontal therapy. Read Dr. Wiesen's bio.
Periodontal disease is typically an ongoing chronic infection that gradually destroys the supporting bone and gingiva around your teeth. The primary cause of periodontitis is dental plaque and the associated inflammatory response. Periodontitits can be influenced significantly by smoking, genetics, bruxism, and your medical health. Periodontal health may also affect diabetes, pregnancy, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and other systemic conditions as discussed in recent literature. Learn more about gum disease.
Treatment of periodontitis may include surgical and nonsurgical modalities. Dr. Wiesen is also a trained and certified LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) periodontist. LANAP is an FDA approved and patented full mouth protocol for the treatment of periodontal disease. Laser therapy may be a viable minimally invasive alternative to conventional scalpel surgery.
Gum Grafts San Francisco
Gingival recession results in exposed roots that may be sensitive, prone to cavities, and make the teeth look long. Gingival grafting procedures may be an option to cover the exposed roots, provide additional protection, and restore the periodontal supporting structures. Learn more about gum grafts.