John Whelan (MDS, MRACDS)

John is a registered specialist in periodontics (treatment of gum disease) and implants.  After graduating with a BDS in 1989 he worked for one year at Waikato Hospital as a Dental house surgeon.  He then worked for three years in Auckland as a general dentist.  John returned to the dental school in Dunedin in 1993 and completed a three year postgraduate degree in Periodontics.  This included research into guided tissue regeneration.

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease.  A periodontist also plans, places and maintains dental implants in conjunction with a dentist or restorative dentist.

John is based in Tauranga and has been involved in a research project with Ruakura into changes in salivary proteins in saliva following periodontal treatment.