Meet Dr. Baker
Dr. Mark Baker graduated from Presbyterian College and received his dental degree from the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his graduate degree in periodontics at the Medical College of Georgia and returned to Anderson to joined Anderson Periodontic Association in 1990. Dr. Baker is a member of the Anderson Dental society and the South Carolina Society of Periodontists. He has served as President of both of these societies. Also, Dr. Baker is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology, The American Dental Association, The South Carolina Dental Association and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
He and his wife live in Anderson and have 2 children.
What is a Periodontist
A periodontist is a dentist who has received extensive training in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. They have advanced training in dental implants that can replace a missing tooth, teeth or secure loose dentures.
Periodontal (gum) disease attacks the soft tissue and bone that form the foundation of your teeth. It is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because this process is often painless, it may go unnoticed. This is why good daily oral hygiene and regular dental check ups are important.
We work closely with your dentist, but a referral by a dentist is not required to visit our office. We also welcome referrals from patients and friends of the practice.
What to expect on your visit
The first step in periodontal treatment is a review of your medical and dental history. Although a buildup of bacterial irritants is a primary cause of gum disease, there are other factors that can have an impact on your dental health including smoking, diabetes, pregnancy, stress and heredity.
During your visit we will examine your mouth carefully to look for signs and causes of periodontal disease. The bone and tissue will be studied with x-rays. With the information from the examination we will discuss your condition with you and recommend the most effective treatment plan and all cost associated with treatment.
Please bring a copy of your referral from your general dentist and a copy of your insurance card if you have dental insurance.