Dentist Littlestown, PA

Dr. Rita Tempel is a general and cosmetic dentist in Littlestown, PA, and an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. At Gettysburg Smiles, our top priority is to meet each patient’s oral health needs. We offer general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to enhance smiles.

Dr. Temple and the team at Gettysburg Smiles are welcoming new patients from Littlestown seeking a dentist who provides a full array of dental services. Our team offers the best dental care in this area and is ready to help you meet your dental care needs.

dentist in Littlestown, PA

We Provide Dental Care for your Entire Family

Dr. Tempel is a family dentist capable of treating patients of any age. She is dedicated to helping families achieve optimal oral health. Dr. Tempel will work one-on-one with each member of your family to learn about their unique dental health needs. Each person has needs that may be unlike anyone else’s, and we are prepared to create a care plan based only on what the patient needs and wants.

Choosing a family dentistry office will save you time and the hassle of driving to multiple dental offices. We are well-trained and prepared to help children feel safe and secure while being treated in our office. Being seen by the same dentist as their parent or guardian also helps to reduce anxiety, which is common in children.  

What to Expect at Your Dentist Appointments

Your first dentist appointment with Dr. Tempel in our Littlestown, PA, area dental office will take longer than a typical visit. Be prepared to fill out paperwork and share your dental insurance information.

A patient’s first appointment will include dental X-rays, a complete oral exam, and teeth cleaning. Dr. Tempel will also screen for oral diseases such as gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer. During a typical visit, we will also examine your bite.

One of our registered dental hygienists will meticulously clean your teeth. They will gently remove plaque and built-up tartar from your teeth, paying close attention to the gum line. Then, they will polish your teeth and floss in between them, leaving you with a clean and healthy smile.  

Providing Solutions for Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a considerable threat to dental health. It is a highly preventable disease that plagues millions of people in this country. As the number one cause of tooth, we must take preventing gum disease seriously.

During each regular checkup, we will examine your gums to see if you show signs of gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease. If treated in the early stages, we can eliminate the disease. However, if we do not address gingivitis, it can advance, and you risk bone and tooth loss. Common signs you are developing gingivitis include bleeding, sore, red, or tender gums.

Scaling and root planing is a standard gum disease treatment that can eliminate gingivitis and prevent severe damage to your teeth and gums. Maintaining a strict oral hygiene routine is the best way to prevent periodontal disease.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

In addition to offering complete general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services, Dr. Tempel also treats sleep apnea. This sleep disorder should not be ignored because it can lead to severe problems with your overall health.

Dr. Tempel treats obstructive sleep apnea with oral sleep appliances. Patients can now wear a custom oral appliance to bed to maintain open airways instead of a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure therapy) machine.  

You may have sleep apnea if you or your partner snore loudly at night, gasping for air while sleeping, or remain sleepy despite a whole night’s rest. Dr. Tempel will work with your physician to get a diagnosis and help manage your sleep apnea with an oral sleep appliance.

Local Dentist in Littlestown, PA, is Accepting New Patients

If you are searching for a new dentist in Littlestown, PA, Dr. Rita Tempel is accepting new patients. She is an exceptional dentist who offers comprehensive dental services and treatments to meet your oral health care needs. To book an appointment, call (717) 853-1552 or request an appointment online.