Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a serious infection that is caused by harmful bacteria in the mouth. When bacteria builds up it creates plaque which irritates and infects the gums. Dr. John Gotwalt and Dr. Sara Gotwalt treat gum disease in their Lititz, PA dental office. They are dedicated to helping patients get the care they need in a comfortable and safe environment. Treating gum disease helps restore the teeth and gums for a healthier smile.
Gum Disease Risk Factors
Patients with these conditions or oral health problems are more at risk of developing gum disease:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Crooked teeth
- Certain medications (steroids, anti-epilepsy, oral contraceptives)
If left untreated, gum disease can cause gum recession and tooth loss. Worn or weakened teeth can become easily infected by gum disease or tooth decay. It is important to contact our office if you have noticed irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums. More serious signs of gum disease can include gum recession, toothaches, and loose teeth.
Treating Gum Disease
Gum disease can be treated in a variety of ways:
- Antibacterial rinses: We may prescribe an anti-bacterial rinse if you have more mild symptoms of gum disease. This rinse can be used between visits and reduce the level of bacteria present in the mouth.
- Scaling and root planing: This deep cleaning treatment removes plaque from above and below the gum line. Using specialized tools, we clean the tooth roots and any deep gum pockets that have formed. Scaling and root planing also help the gums reattach to teeth and smooths down the tooth roots, eliminating any bacteria.
- Gum surgery: In cases of advanced gum disease, we may refer you to a local periodontist for intensive gum surgery treatment. Flap surgery, tissue regeneration, bone grafting, and tissue grafting helps to regrow damaged gum tissues and prevent tooth loss.
Contact our Lititz, PA Dental Office
Know the symptoms and risk factors for gum disease and contact us for immediate periodontal care. If you are a new patient, call our office at 717-220-4651. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Gotwalt online.