Dr. Mark C. Gladnick, DDS
Wilmington, DE Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
  • Welcome to the Pike Creek, Delaware, office of Dr. Mark Gladnick, DDS, a fusion of Experience and Innovation. We specialize in family, preventative, and cosmetic dentistry, and have been practicing in suburban Wilmington, Delaware, for almost 30 years.
  • Your entire family is welcome at our practice! We love serving our friends and neighbors in Pike Creek, Wilmington, and the surrounding communities!
  • We offer the services your family needs for excellent oral health, from routine preventive care to advanced restorations and other treatment procedures.

Periodontics in Wilmington, DE

Periodontal diseases are infections that destroy the tissues and bone that support teeth. Poor brushing and flossing habits allow bacteria to burrow below the gums and attack your bone. Smoking, ill-fitting dental work, and diabetes all contribute to the progression of gum infections. Recent research suggests there is a link between periodontal (gum) disease and heart disease. That's why it is so important that your dentist evaluates the health of your gums.

We are pleased to announce that we have added a state-of-the-art laser system to our repertoire. The laser is used to perform minor gum surgeries and preventative procedures that in the past required more invasive procedures.

So what is the benefit to you, the patient? Think of a laser as a magic wand of sorts. The transformations to your gums will, indeed, feel like magic! During your gum surgery, you will experience very little discomfort, quick healing, no bleeding, and virtually no stitches! In addition, the laser sterilizes as it cuts, eliminating the possibility of infection. It is also a comfortable way to provide access to decay beneath the gumline.

As a patient, you will not only benefit from Dr. Gladnick's years of experience in performing gum surgeries, but you will be treated to state-of-the-art dental innovation.

Current Research

According to research presented in  Medscape (July 10, 2014), the pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis found in gum infections, produces a "local inflammatory response that results in the destruction of supporting tissues of the teeth and resorption of alveolar bone. The study's lead researcher, Dr. Caroline Genco (Boston University) explained that " this low-grade, chronic inflammation essentially flies beneath the radar of the host's immunity and leads to local and systemic inflammation."  While it is no secret that vascular inflammation can lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and atherosclerosis, many people may not notice the initial, more subtle symptoms that only become worse with time.  They feel that their own immune system will take care of them - and therein lies the problem, as noted in the cited research study.  The body's immune system is not able to detect the offending pathogen much of the time.  Your best defense is to have regular check-ups with a dentist who will be able to not only detect problems with your teeth but with your gum tissue and ts pathways to your vascular system.