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What is gum disease? Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. Most people will have some form of gum disease symptoms in their lives. It usually starts as inflammation or bleeding of the gums, but there often can be no signs. Untreated gum infections can balloon into periodontitis, the most serious form of gum disease. Gum disease is caused by plaque, acids, and bacteria that irritate the soft tissues around the tooth. Plaque buildup is often due to poor oral hygiene or disease.

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Early-­stage gum disease is called gingivitis or inflammation of the gums. Bacteria in plaque produce toxins that irritate the gum tissue. You may notice bleeding gums when you brush or floss. Because the connective tissue and bone that support the teeth are still intact, gingivitis can easily be reversed by good oral hygiene and regular teeth cleanings.


disease cases can be handled by a well trained hygienist and a well trained dentist and my hygienist is trained to do all sorts of gum disease maintenance and to treat gum                                       

painless and you will have a good experience. If you have gum disease, the best time to take care of it is right now, the longer you wait the worse it gets.

Most gum disease cases do not require gum surgery. Until you get into the later stages, most gum                                         

disease with deep cleanings, root cleanings and scaling. If you need Novocaine, we will give you the Novocaine. We use the wand so it is                            

At this stage, the structures that support the tooth are irreversibly damaged. Spaces or pockets may start to form between the teeth and below the gum line, trapping more plaque and bacteria. Your dentist may recommend several deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) sessions, antimicrobials, and proper home care to restore gum health and prevent further damage.


Advanced gum disease is characterized by loose or shifting teeth. Because the fibers and bone that support the teeth are destroyed, the tooth can come loose from the socket. Aggressive treatment may include flap or pocket reduction surgery along with conservative treatments. If these fail to heal the gums, the tooth may need to be removed and replaced.


See our office right away if you notice any of the following symptoms:

Nonsurgical treatment is usually enough to manage gum disease, but certain cases may require a more aggressive approach. Call 814-693-6777 now to schedule a consultation for gum disease treatment with your Duncansville dentist.