General Dentistry

Laser Dentistry

Thanks to revolutionary development in light energy and soft tissue laser equipment, our Bridgeville, PA office is able to provide laser dentistry treatments that are comfortable and provide less downtime (faster healing) for our patients. In fact, lasers essentially eliminate swelling and bleeding, so procedures on soft tissues — such as treating tongue ties or gummy smile treatments — don’t cause any type of residual discomfort. Your results are immediate and there’s no need for suturing/stitches. The light emitted from our laser dentistry equipment is also used to speed up the oxidation and stain release process of our patients enjoying teeth whitening treatments, for faster and brighter results. We can even treat cold sores and ulcers so that they heal in half the time they would on their own. If you’re starting to feel one pop up, call our office right away!

  • Crown lengthening (“gummy smile” treatments)
  • Frenectomy and tongue-tie release
  • Periodontal disease therapy
  • Ulcer reduction
  • Teeth whitening
  • Drill-free fillings

Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. Conventional treatments require a series of cleanings and maintenance procedures, but sometimes more aggressive gum surgery. With laser dentistry, we can safely remove infectious tissues and bacteria from the gums that are infected, making it easier for your body to heal itself. Laser dentistry works to destroy diseased tissues while leaving healthy ones intact!

Some types of laser dentistry can also be used on harder structures (like tooth enamel) instead of softer ones (gums and skin.) This characteristic makes laser dentistry a comfortable alternative to traditional drills and instruments that might cause discomfort and anxiety during your treatment. Combining laser treatments with a sedation dentistry appointment ensures the highest level of relaxation for our patients, especially those with dental anxiety or severe phobia of the dentist’s office.

Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease is a common infection of the gums, causing swelling, redness, and mild bleeding. It’s caused by bacterial plaque that’s left behind between brushing and flossing. But when gingivitis (the earliest stage of gum disease) isn’t reversed through home care and professional cleanings, it can develop into the more aggressive stages of periodontitis. It’s at this point where gum disease treatment is vital, as infection causes detachment of the gingival tissues around the teeth, and bone loss. Symptoms of gum disease include receding gum lines, bleeding gums, shrinking bone support (as visible on x-rays), and bad breath, just to name a few. The strain that the oral infection takes on your immune system makes it difficult for your body to manage the gum disease or underlying medical issues. Additionally, periodontal bacteria can spread directly into the bloodstream, lodging itself within the cardiovascular tissues or even your heart. Fortunately, with gum disease treatment, it’s possible to prevent tooth loss and reduce the infectious strain to your body.

  • Diabetes
  • Pneumonia and respiratory disease
  • Preterm labor
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack

Emergency Dentistry with Our Gentle Dental Team

No matter when you call our Bridgeville, PA practice, one of our associates will be available to provide emergency dentistry services within a reasonable time frame. If you’re calling us after hours, your call will be forwarded to one of our on-call staff, who will return your call as soon as possible (if it’s late at night, we’ll always get back to you no later than the next morning.) We’ll walk you through what steps to take and arrange to see you as soon as possible.

Common dental emergencies include:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Knocked out tooth
  • Crown fell off
  • Broken fillings
  • Denture problems
  • Abscessed teeth
  • Toothaches
  • Bleeding/swelling

The most important way to handle an emergency situation is to find a Bridgeville, PA dentist that offers emergency dentistry services and contact them right away, usually within the first hour. If you’re in severe pain or find it impossible to go to work or school the next day, then we need to see you as soon as possible. If you’ve broken or knocked out a tooth, locate it (if possible) and gently rinse it free of any debris, taking care not to touch or scrub the root. Submerge and store your tooth fragment in a container of milk or contact solution. Should you have any bleeding, apply a clean compress to the area with firm pressure. The sooner our emergency dentistry team can see you, the more likely we can save your natural tooth!

If you’re new to the area or still looking for a new dentist in Bridgeville, PA and find yourself experiencing a severe toothache, we’re happy to extend our emergency dentistry services to you and your family. We’ve been serving the area for over 35 years and you’ll be glad to know that our patients have ranked Dr. DiBartola as one of the top sedation dentists in our community.