Gum Disease Treatment in Bellefonte, PA

Gum Disease & Gingivitis Specialists

Gum disease is a condition that often goes unnoticed because it may not produce any obvious symptoms until it becomes an emergency. Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, is reversible, if caught early enough. However, if left untreated, it can lead to destructive periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss and cause other detrimental health effects such as heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection that causes inflammation of the gums, the jaw bone, and the ligaments, and is the #1 cause of tooth loss worldwide. Gum disease often progresses slowly, with no pain or irritation at all until the problem is extremely severe. Gingivitis, which is a more commonly known problem, is simply inflammation of the gums, and is the first stage or warning sign of gum disease. Periodontitis is the next stage of the disease, and involves actual erosion of the bone that holds your teeth in place.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Poor oral health habits such as irregular tooth brushing and flossing can lead to the build up of plaques, which is the most common and primary cause of gum disease. However, there are some other factors that could contribute to the development of gum disease. Some of the most common causes of gum disease are:

  • Poor Oral Hygiene
  • Hormonal changes
  • Immune system illnesses
  • Tobacco use

How is Gum Disease Treated?

When treating gum disease, Dr. Carnicella’s primary goal is to reduce the inflammation. First, we will need to assess your treatment based on the level and severity of the gum disease. There are both surgical and non-surgical solutions to treat gum disease. Non-surgical treatments include scaling and root planning, while surgical procedures include bone grafts and flap surgery. As a very conservative, minimally invasive, and prevention-oriented dentist, Dr. Carnicella always recommends the most cost-effective, gentle, and non-invasive options for you before attempting any surgical intervention.

Schedule Your Gum Disease Appointment Today!

Regular cleanings and visits to Dr. Carnicella’s dental office in Bellefonte, PA represents an important component of preventing gum disease and detecting it early.

If you are noticing recessed gums, painful chewing, loose teeth, bleeding gums, sensitivity to cold or heat, swollen gums, bad breath, or an odd taste, please call Dr. Carnicella’s office  at (814) 355-5254 or fill out our appointment form immediately for an gum disease treatment appointment.

  • “Dr. Carnicella's office is modern and attractive, with lots of cozy furniture, a fireplace, flat screen tv, kiddy play room, free wi-fi, and complimentary coffee and bottled water. They make you feel like an important guest at a hotel. “
    Ashley Standridge
  • “Dr.Carnicella and her entire staff are absolutely wonderful! They put me sooo at ease! I consider myself blessed and lucky that I chose Dr.Carnicella for my dental needs! She is the best and her staff is amazing! The BEST dental office around!”
    Randi Aliquo
  • “The best experience I have ever had in a dental office!!! I have always had the biggest fear of going to the dentist and after my appointment today, I no longer have that fear! Thank you so much for such a fantastic experience!!”
    Jamie Losch
  • “Dr. Carnicella makes going to the dentist easy! She is both skilled and professional. The fact that she can make crowns right in the office the same day as your appointment is so convenient."
    Christine Novitsky-Weber

Office Location

212 Kenlee Dr. Bellefonte, PA 16823

Phone: (814) 355-5254

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