Looking for a Gum Dentist in Northland?

The health of your smile is about far more than just the teeth themselves; there are many factors that come into play when determining how healthy your teeth are.

Your gums – that is, the tissue that surrounds the crown of your tooth – are very important in maintaining the overall health of your smile. At Rescue Dentist, we are well-versed when it comes to periodontics (disease of the gums) and can therefore assist with a wide range of gum-related issues.

If you are searching for a clinic that offers gum disease treatment in Whangarei, our resident gum dentist Dr. Dennis Shepherd can help. As a specialist prosthodontist with additional training in gum disease (by way of a Post-Graduate Diploma in periodontics from Otago University), Dr. Shepherd can provide you with the expert advice and assistance you need.

What causes gum disease?

A common issue, disease of the gums will inevitably effect most people at some stage in their life.

So what causes it? There are a number of factors that can lead to diseased gums, however the main cause is a build-up of plaque on the teeth and along the gum line. Essentially a sticky coating laced with bacteria, the immune system inflicts an inflammation response in order to combat excessive plaque. Ultimately, this what leads to redness and swelling of the gums.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms are often quite obvious. Red, puffy gums that bleed easily are a sure-fire sign that inflammation is present.

Targeted gum disease treatment is available

There are two main stages of gum disease: Gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis is the earlier stage and only affects the surface layers of the gum; it is thus easier to treat. Generally, treatment of gingivitis is as simple as ramping up your oral hygiene efforts. Even though gums may bleed slightly to begin with, it’s important to floss and brush thoroughly to remove bacteria and plaque. With consistent cleaning, gingivitis is generally resolved.

If left untreated, gingivitis can result in periodontitis – an advanced stage of the disease that goes beneath the gum’s surface to affect the covering of the tooth root, the bone, and the fibres that connect the root to the bone (the periodontal ligament). If left untreated, advanced disease of the gums results in severe damage to structures that hold the teeth in place. This can result in the loss of teeth – and the need for dental implants.

Visit our Whangarei clinic today

If you believe that you may be suffering from periodontitis – or gingivitis that you can’t seem to resolve – it’s important to visit a dentist. To book an appointment with a gum dentist in Whangarei, call Northland’s friendly dental clinic today on 438 7694.

Dr Dennis Shepherd

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