Dentist, General, Cosmetic, Kemp Mill, Wheaton, Silver Spring MD, Spencer A. Gakner, D.D.S.

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Spencer A. Gakner, D.D.S

Spencer A. Gakner, D.D.S. For many years Kemp Mill Dental has provided quality services to thousands of local patients. Our practice has grown over time by word-of-mouth and we are recognized for the comprehensive and gentle care we provide. Included in Checkbook magazine as one of Montgomery County’s Best Dentists, our office uses the latest technologies to best serve you and your family.


Dr. Gakner atttended Frostburg State College where he grauduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Biology degree. He continued his education at Hood College and Ben Gurion University in Israel, where he earned a Masters of Ecology degree.

After working for the federal government for several years, Dr. Gakner returned to school and attended the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery Dental School, University of Maryland and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1992. Upon completing his degree, Dr. Gakner completed a two-year general dentistry residency at the Jerusalem Dental Center for Children. After completing his residency, Dr. Gakner returned to Silver Spring with his family in 1994, where he has been practicing dentistry for 15 years. Over the years Dr. Gakner has completed many continuing education courses as well as a mini-resdiency in Implant Dentistry.

Dr. Gakner enjoys taking bike rides with his son and daughter among other physical excercise. A long-time member of the Kemp Mill community in Wheaton, Dr. Gakner enjoys cooking and playing music.


Many dental experts argue that the best way to prevent cavities it to have teeth cleaned twice a year. The value of cleanings is that they not only removed plaque from visible areas of the tooth, but also near and below the gum line where cavities can often form. Clearning is a quick, easy and low-cost process and often paid for under basic dental insurance plans.

Tooth Colored Composite Fillings

Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Dr. Gakner tries to remove the least amount of tooth structure when preparing the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling. The composite material allows Dr. Gakner to make a more conservative repair to the tooth. With our extensive tooth color chart, we are able to find the perfect composite color to match your teeth and blend the filling in completely with the rest of your mouth.

Digital Radiography

With our new technology we are able to take digital x-rays which uses over 80% less radiology than traditional film x-rays. These x-rays are available instantly allowing us to give you optimum care as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Crowns & Bridges

A crown can return structure, strength, and function to a tooth with extensive decay or damage. Designed to fit snugly and function as a healthy tooth, a crown can return structure, strength, and function to a tooth with extensive decay or damage and will protect your tooth from further damage preserving the jaw’s correct natural alignment. Precious metal, porcelain pressed (or fused) to metal, or all-porcelain materials, which we match precisely to your other teeth, are used in order to produce for you a healthy, long-lasting, natrual looking smile.

Dr. Gakner will place a bridge over two teeth where there is one or more teeth missing in between. Simply put, a bridge is two crowns placed over two teeth on either side of the space, with an artifical tooth, or teeth, in between to fill the gap and produce a beautiful, complete, and natural looking smile.


Here at Kemp Mill Dental, we believe that you should have the most beautiful smile and we make every effort to accomplish this goal. Today a veneer placed on top of your teeth can correct nature’s mistake or the results of an injury and help you have a beautiful smile.Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of teeth.


Dr. Gakner has completed a intensive Mini-Residency in Implant Dentistry. An implant is a small titanium post that fits precisely into the socket left by a missing tooth. Bone tissue naturally fuses with the biocompatible titanium to create a solid foundation – a replacement tooth root. Once the gum has healed, Dr. Gakner will place a crown, or a cap, on the implant to produce a beautiful, natural looking tooth. In the event that there are multiple teeth missing next to the implant, instead of putting a crown over the implant, Dr. Gakner will fit a bridge, partial, or denture over the implant, as he would with a real tooth, to secure it in place and support the structure.


Age, Foods, drinks, tobacco, and medications can cause tooth enamel to become tarnished, yellowed, stained, and dull. When this happens, a person begins to look older – quickly! Here at Kemp Mill Dental we want to help you look as beautiful and young as quickly and efficiently as possible. Therefore we have the top of the line whitening system which you can use in the luxury of your own home.

Kathy — Dental Hygenist

Kathy, Dental HygenistKathy, a Dental Hygenist, has been with our practice since 2000. Kathy acquired her degree from the Community College of Baltimore in 1991. She continued on with the University of Maryland Dental College to acquire her Bachelor or Science in 1993. In 1999 Kathy completed her degree, permitting her to administer Local Anesthetic Agents while attending college in Anchorage, Alaska. Kathy lives in Annapolis and has three sons.