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Gum disease is one of the most destructive dental issues in the world today. If your dentist, Dr. Shane McPherson, diagnosed you with gum disease, which is also known as periodontal disease, then you need to do everything you can to quickly restore your oral health.

This disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth and gumline. If the plaque isn’t removed daily, then the plaque will begin to attack the smile. At this time, you might experience red, swollen and tender gums that bleed often as well as bad breath. If the disease is left untreated, the plaque turns into tartar and infects the gums, deteriorates the underlying bone and causes loose and lost teeth.

Gingivitis is easier to treat than periodontitis. In fact, a simple professional dental cleaning should treat the problem. Our dental team will remove the plaque from your teeth and gumline and promote healing in the gums. Periodontitis is harder to treat because if plaque is left on the smile, it turns into tartar, which is a very toxic and stubborn substance. The typical treatments that help with this stage include scaling and root planing, frequent dental cleanings, laser therapy, bone grafts, gum grafts and more. The treatment necessary will depend on the severity of the disease. If the disease is severe enough, your dentist might need to extract the affected teeth and replace them with dental implants after the underlying bone has been restored.

For more information and details about gum disease in Shreveport, Louisiana, please contact our dental team at D. Shane McPherson DDS, A Dental Corporation. All you need to do is dial 318-797-1873 and we will be more than happy to give you the answers and help you need. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!