Dr Newhart periodontist in Parkersburg and his teamThank you for visiting our website! At The Gum Dr., West Virginia’s first LANAP Periodontist, we look forward to welcoming each and every one of you to our office. Whether you’re a new patient or a familiar face, a West Virginia local, or from as far as Cambridge, OH, we’re excited to share more information about the practice, about Dr. Newhart, the team, and the services that we offer.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a treatment that’s widely recommended for teeth that have suffered extensive decay, damage, or have significant cosmetic problems. To put it simply, there are artificial tooth roots that are attached to the jawbone, to which a false tooth or set of false teeth can be anchored. They’re designed as a permanent treatment and replacement for missing teeth and can even help support your jawbone structure, preventing bone loss.

Treatment of Gum Disease

As a periodontist, we pride ourselves on providing some of the best gum disease treatment available. Gingivitis and periodontitis affect a lot of people and can if left unchecked, result in tooth loss. After we have diagnosed gum disease, there is a range of ways we can treat it, including the following:

  • Cleaning your teeth regularly with a scale and polish
  • Recommending the best oral hygiene products to fight gum disease
  • Root planing to clean bacteria from the roots of your teeth
  • Periodontal surgery to repair any damage

Our plan of action depends on the severity of your gum disease and we will do what we can to prevent it from reaching the worst stages as much as we can.


An anagram for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure, LANAP is a type of surgical therapy that has been proven to treat periodontitis (the more serious form of gum disease). It specifically targets and removes disease and infected areas beneath the connective tissue of the gums, allowing the rest of the gums to heal naturally. It’s a method that involves no cutting and no sewing, only the selective elimination of necrotic epithelium.

Treatment of Receding Gums

Receding gums are a common symptom of progressing gum disease and can also be a sign of underlying bone loss. There are a variety of methods we use to stop gum recession. We will talk extensively about the different options, including implanting a free gingival graft or performing the Chao pinhole surgical technique, depending on your needs at the severity of any recession. We always ensure our patients are fully informed about their choices and what to expect from treatments.

Again, we extend our warmest thanks to you for reading about our practice and we welcome you to learn more about what we can do for you and your family. If you have any questions or if you want to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to get in touch through the contact details on the site.

Other Locations We Serve

We are located in Parkersburg, WV, but we also serve patients in surrounding locations such as Marietta, OH, Athens, OH, and as far as Cambridge, OH. If you cannot find the periodontal services you are looking for in your local area, we welcome you to visit us in Parkersburg, WV.

Marietta, OH

As of this post, there currently isn’t a periodontist in Marietta, OH. The best way to travel from Marietta without tolls is to take I-77 South to exit 176. Come downtown via  7th St to 13th St until you get to Market St. We are the second building (blue building) on the right side on Market St.

Athens, OH

The best way to Dr. Richard Newhart from Athens, OH, is to stay on OH-32 E/OH-7 N/Ohio River Scenic Byway until you cross Memorial Bridge. Turn right on Garfield Ave., left on 19th St., and one more right onto Market St. We are the blue building on the left just before 13th St.

Cambridge, OH

We provide periodontal services to patients as far as Cambridge, OH. If you are willing to travel for great periodontal care, we are happy to provide services to you. The directions to Dr. Richard Newhard’s practice is much the same as from Marietta as you will travel through Marietta to Parkersburg. Take I-77 South to exit 176. Come downtown via  7th St to 13th St until you get to Market St. We are the second building (blue building) on the right side on Market St.

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Our goal is for you to leave our office with a memorable and enjoyable experience, which is why our welcoming and compassionate staff will do everything they can to make you feel right at home.

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