Our patients often ask us what a periodontist specializes in, and why they may need to see a periodontics specialist. These are entirely reasonable questions as patients often hear many different terms during an office visit.

Traditionally, the field of periodontics is known as a dental specialty which focuses on the structures and tissues which support the teeth along with various conditions or disorders which impact them. While collectively known as the periodontium, the individual structures are the alveolar bone, cementum, the gingiva, and the periodontal ligament. Because of the many exciting advances in modern dental technology, the role of a periodontist is continually expanding and evolving.

Today’s periodontists are on the front lines of restorative and aesthetic dentistry. They are now the cosmetic surgeons of the dental industry, where several decades ago, they primarily helped patients with gum disease and related conditions. In our practice, Dr. Yen and the staff have the pleasure of using their talents to work with our patients to create a smile the patient always imagined.

There are non-surgical and surgical ways that a periodontist can enhance your dental health as well as your smile.


  • Scaling and root planning- Periodontics experts frequently use this treatment. Especially for patients who have excessive, amounts of plaque build up on their teeth. It involves an extensive tooth cleaning followed by scraping away the bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the tooth’s roots and the periodontal pockets. After cleaning, your tooth’s surface is polished and smoothed to prevent the return of bacteria. The result of the scaling and root planning is a mouth that is clean and free from the plaque and tartar which dull a smile and decay teeth.


  • Plastic Surgery- Our periodontist can help you with several treatments known as dental plastic surgery. These include repairing a gummy smile by sculpting your gum line to show more tooth surface. Another standard procedure is a gum graft to reshape gums which have receded because of age or periodontal disease.
  • Dental Crown Lengthening- Your teeth receive crowns which lengthen them slightly.
  • Dental Implants- These help you structurally, by filling an empty tooth socket the implant eliminates bone loss. Implants help cosmetically by perfecting your smile and making it free from gaps or empty spaces.
  • Periodontal Pocket Reduction- If the spaces, or pockets, between your tooth and gums, are too large, bacteria collect, and periodontal disease begins. During this procedure, our dentist cleans the pocket area and then secures the gum tightly around the tooth.

Dr. Yen and our staff are happy to consult with your about changing or repairing your smile. Contact our office today to take your first step on the road to a brilliant smile.


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Dr. Shahkarami and her team believe every patient deserves the benefits of a healthy mouth and confident smile. A variety of payment options makes high quality dental care affordable to virtually every budget.

SoCalSmiles Dental Office is an in-network provider with most PPO dental insurance plans. Our friendly front desk staff is happy to assist with insurance questions and coverage estimates.

We accept these forms of payment for uninsured costs:

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Contact Us

18399 Ventura Blvd #251, Tarzana, CA 91356
Phone: (818) 345-5286
Fax: (818) 975-5083

Office Hours

Monday   8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday   10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday   8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday   8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday   7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday   Closed
Sunday   Closed