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I am a board Certified periodontist which means that I am an expert in treating gum disease (periodontal disease) and placing dental implants. I can answer questions related to treating gum disease, bleeding gums, maintaining healthy gums, and structural issues with the gums such as recession, to gummy a smile, crown lengthening etc. I am also certified in Laser Periodontal therapy which allows me to treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel. I can address those questions as well.

Experience in the area

I have been practicing periodontics and placing dental implants since 1990. I have treated thousands of patients for both gum disease and dental implants. I currently an a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at the nations largest dental school.


Journal of the American Dental Association, Journal of Periodontology, International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, International Journal of Oral and Maxilofacial Implants


BA/DMD Boston University Cum Laud. Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Periodontics fro New York University. Board Certification in Periodontics 1995

Awards and Honors

e was elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon (the "Phi Beta Kappa" for dentists), and received the Boston University award for Excellence in Periodontology, the Boston University Predoctoral Prosthetic Award for Excellence in Prosthetics, and the Academy of General Dentistry Outstanding Senior Student Award, the Boston University Operative Dentistry Special Achievement Award, and the Quintessence Publishing Company Outstanding Senior Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice. Following dental school, Dr. Scharf completed a year long General Practice Residency at The Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. As a resident at this top New York program, he gained extensive clinical experience in such fields as prothodontics, periodontics, endodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, management of the medically compromised patient, and general dentistry. This experience was completed by clinical rotations in the departments of general medicine, anesthesia, and emergency medicine.

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2016-03-01 Inflammation , recession and aesethetics:

Hi Ronnie    You question is a good one but it is impossible to help you without an exam.  I would recommend you see a periodontist.  They can get to the bottom of why there is inflammation and how to

2015-06-20 RE: 50% bone loss:

Hi Todd:    It is possible that what appears to be a change on bone level on xray is really an artifact and not real bone change.  Are the pocket depths increasing?  Is there recession?  If in fact you

2015-05-14 Pressure sensation after bone graft:

Hi Matt    You question is a good one but I cannot answer it without examining you.  I would recommend you discuss these concerns with your periodontist.  They can evaluate the symptoms and decide if they

2015-04-10 nerve injury following implant placement:

I cannot tell you if the never damage is permanent or not. It is very important that this be managed by a properly trained practitioner.  You may want to seek the second opinion of an oral surgeon or periodontist

2015-01-27 Treamtment:

It really depends on a number of factors.  I would trust the judgment of the dentist that examined you rather than the opinion of a third party such as myself who has not performed an examination.  Follow


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