Karen Gear, DDS opened her new state-of-the-art solo endodontic practice May 1, 2013. Dr. Gear relocated from New York City where she practiced as an endodontist for 32 years. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Howard University in 1989 and completed her Endodontic Specialty Certificate training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1993.
An active member of the dental community, Dr. Gear has been dedicated to the education and training of young dentists entering the profession. She has served as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Dentistry at Harlem Hospital Center, a level-one trauma center, for seven years. Her responsibilities included didactic and clinical instruction on endodontics to the post-graduate dental residents from the departments of general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and oral surgery.
Dr. Gear has expertise in surgical and nonsurgical endodontic procedures, specifically the management of traumatic dental injuries, avulsions and luxation injuries, and endodontic infections. She is also experienced with techniques to manage incomplete root formation in the developing tooth.
Dr. Gear has a comprehensive team-based approach to patient care, working closely with the general dentist and other dental specialists. Dr. Gear and her staff stay in communication with referring offices to ensure ease of treatment and scheduling of the post endodontic restorative visit.
Dr. Gear is an active member of the American Association of Endodontists, Massachusetts Dental Society, and the American Dental Association. She is a past member of the New York Society of Forensic Dentistry, where she was a part of the 9/11 World Trade Center Dental Identification Team. In addition, Dr. Gear was the past Treasurer of her condominium association in NYC and was a previous board member of Ahead, Inc. an organization that provides medical resources to disadvantaged women in Tanzania.
Dr. Gear served as member of the Dukes County Health Council and currently Chairs the Dukes County Oral Health work Group looking for a collaborative community solution to replace the closed Martha’s Vineyard Dental Clinic serving the uninsured and underinsured residents of the island.