Gum Disease Treatment
Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease treatment

Professional gum disease treatments can eliminate gingivitis and periodontitis before its too late. Early signs of gum disease include swollen, red or tender gums and bad breath, and receding or bleeding gums are a signs of more advanced periodontitis which requires urgent attention. Act soon to save your teeth, freshen your breath and maintain a healthy looking smile with professional dental care.

Professional dental care can eliminate gum disease

Healthy gums are the foundation of a healthy mouth and body, but unfortunately gum disease is a common problem affecting a large portion of the New Zealand population. It is generally a result of compromised oral care, often due to affordability or being uninformed about the importance of routine oral maintenance. Thompson Dental provides effective rehabilitation gum disease treatment and support for preventative care to help you keep your teeth for life.

Therapeutic gum disease treatment

  • antibiotic pocket therapy
  • reattachment procedures
  • root planing
  • root surface debridement
  • scaling and polishing

Gum disease preventative care

  • Regular dental check ups and professional cleaning
  • Ongoing support and encouragement with regular reminders
  • Teeth remineralising fluoride treatments

Signs of gum disease

  • Bleeding gums
  • Gums feel tender when touched
  • Inflamed puffy gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Pink-tinged toothbrush after brushing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Swollen gums

Swollen gums

Swollen gums are a sign of gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease caused by a buildup of plaque around your gumline. This early stage of gum disease is often painless and over time can progress to more serious periodontitis if left untreated.

Bleeding gums

Bleeding gums and bad breath are signs of periodontitis, a more serious stage of gum infection that can lead to tooth and boneloss if left untreated.

The cause of gum disease

Gum disease is caused by plaque, a fine film of bacteria which breaks down the attachment between the teeth and gums. The infected plaque-filled pockets cause inflammation and can destroy the tissues that support the teeth, including the gums, periodontal ligaments and tooth sockets. If left untreated, infections below the gumline can cause irreparable damage to teeth, tissues in the gum pocket and bone. This pervasive condition can aggressively damage your entire oral health system resulting in tooth loss and bone loss. We provide periodontal treatment that addresses early and advanced cases of gum disease to eliminate the risk of loosing your teeth and overall oral integrity. Our dentists will educate you on optimal hygiene to keep your teeth for life.

Take action soon to save your teeth. Regular dental hygiene is effective for preventing gum disease and a dental examination and series of gum disease treatments will be necessary to treat gums that bleed. Our friendly dentists and staff have expert experience in saving patients from prevalent gum disease. Act Soon.


Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can be reversed, but without proper treatment can lead to the more serious periodontitis which is very difficult to reverse, putting you at the risk of losing your teeth. With proper treatment gingivitis can clear up after 10 to 14 days. A professional dental cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing is needed to remove all traces of plaque, tartar and bacteria. Signs of gingivitis include swollen gums that bleed easily, receding gums and persistent bad breath.

Signs of Gingivitis

Advanced Periodontitis

How does periodontitis develop

Periodontitis is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults and is a result of untreated gingivitis. Most cases develop after the age of 35 as the disease progresses very slowly. There are 3 stages of periodontitis: chronic, aggressive and necrotising periodontal disease.

Signs of periodontitis

  • bleeding gums,
  • inflamed swollen gums,
  • loose teeth and constant bad breath,
  • pus between your teeth,
  • receding gums.
Stages Of Gum Disease

Chronic periodontitis

Chronic periodontal disease is more common, less severe and can be fixed with proper treatment.

Aggressive periodontitis

Aggressive periodontal disease is less common and forms very rapidly. It usually starts in childhood or early adulthood. It is crucial that you take immediate action to avoid the risk of both bone and tooth loss.

Necrotising periodontitis

Necrotising periodontal disease often affects people with a compromised immune systems. It is a serious condition causing severe infection causing the death of gum tissue.

Gum Disease FAQs

Recent research shows a clear link between periodontal disease and the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attack, uncontrolled diabetes in adult diabetics, premature birth with low birth weight babies and an increased risk of pneumonia, particularly in elderly patients.

If you have gingivitis your gums may be irritated, red, and swollen but your teeth should be firmly in place. If one or more teeth are loose, it is more likely that you have periodontitis.

Gum disease can spread aggressively without professional treatment. Professional scaling and root planing can reverse early stages of gingivitis. More aggressive gum disease requires advanced therapeutic treatments to save your smile. Home care remedies will not reach deep enough to reverse this process.

Regular maintenance to control the build up of plaque and tartar is essential to preventing gum disease.

  • Brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush.
  • Floss at least once per day.
  • Oral irrigators are more effective at preventing gingivitis than flossing.
  • Use an interdental brush to clean hard-to-reach places.
  • Visit the dentist every 6 months to check-up for early signs of tooth decay and inflammation.
  • Visit the oral hygienist every 6 months for a deep dental clean.
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