About Dr. Gager
Dr. Gager grew up in Connecticut and is a graduate of Syracuse University where he majored in chemistry. After working in pharmaceutical research for a number of years, he trained at Temple University in Philadelphia where he earned his D.D.S. degree and specialty certificate in periodontics. After practicing for a year in the Philadelphia area he moved to Maine.
Dr. Gager maintains a membership in the American Dental Association, the Academy of Osseointegration, and The American Academy of Periodontology. He is past president of the York County Dental Society and the Maine Society of Periodontology. He has published in both organic chemistry and clinical techniques in Periodontology. Dr. Gager was a consultant examiner for the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners for 12 years.
Why a Periodontist?
Periodontics is one of eight approved specialties in Dentistry. It involves treatment of supporting structures for the teeth. In practical terms this means treating diseases of the gums and bone around the teeth such as gingivitis, recession, and periodontitis. It also includes removing teeth and replacing them with dental implants.
A Periodontist begins training by completing dental school just like all dentists. There are two additional criteria. First a Periodontist must complete an approved specialty training program much like a residency in medicine. Second, a Periodontist restricts practice to just this one area. The belief is that additional training and practice limitation will bring greater skill which benefits you.
Do I need a specialist?
Many general dentists today provide treatment for early periodontal problems. However, more advanced procedures such as periodontal surgery and placement of dental implants are usually done by a specialist. If in doubt you can ask your general dentist or seek the advice of a specialist directly.
While Dr. Gager is responsible for your treatment and management of the practice, our staff plays an important roll in all aspects of treatment.
Cheryl takes care of the front desk. Tina is our hygienist (Sorry, Barbara has retired). Sandy and Melanie assist with patient care. Our staff has from 2 to 24 years experience in the practice.
How do I select a Practice?
Selecting a doctor and practice is an important decision. Ultimately, it has to be a relationship based on trust. Initially, that trust is based on the doctor’s reputation and credentials. Then, there are several questions which we encourage you to ask.
- Is this doctor aware of current therapy and technology? Will you get the best treatment for you or just what they have available?
- Can you develop a rapport with the practice staff so that your questions and concerns are addressed? Do you feel heard?
- Are the practice policies such as location, hours available, and insurance practices workable for you?