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Periodontal Services Specialist

Swinney Dental

Cosmetic, Implant, and General Dentists located in Tyler, TX

Oral health includes more than just your teeth. If your gums aren’t healthy, you could eventually lose your teeth altogether. At Swinney Dental in Tyler, Texas, the team provides periodontal services to treat and prevent gum disease and damage. For a review of your periodontal health, call Swinney Dental or book an appointment online today.

Periodontal Services

What are periodontal services?

Periodontal services are dental treatments and preventive care that preserve the health of your gums. Periodontal (gum) disease is a common but largely preventable condition affecting your gums. It develops when bacteria build up on your teeth and around your gumline. Soon, it gets under your gums and starts to eat away at them.

Gum disease happens because of several different causes. You might start to see signs of gum disease because of:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Infrequent brushing and flossing
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Diabetes
  • Certain medications

Each time you come to Swinney Dental, the team checks for signs of gum diseases and helps clear the bacterial buildup from around your teeth. They also teach you the proper brushing form to get a thorough clean.

How can I tell if I need periodontal services?

Gum disease can come with many different symptoms, but not all of them are apparent. Common signs of gum disease that indicate a need for periodontal care include:

  • Bleeding while brushing
  • Gum recession
  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Pockets between your teeth and gums
  • Open mouth sores
  • Loose or migrating teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Pus along your gumline

Even if you don’t notice any symptoms yet, early-stage gum disease could be developing in your mouth. The team at Swinney Dental can identify and fix these problems before you even know they exist.

What periodontal services are available?

Swinney Dental provides several types of periodontal care to save your gums. Initial therapy can include professional cleaning and advice on how to optimize your oral health at home. Available services for periodontal maintenance are:


Scaling is a process that your dentist uses to remove hardened bacteria from your teeth and gums. They use a sharp tool to scrape away the debris and provide a clean slate for a thorough dental cleaning.

Root planing

Root planing often happens right after scaling. You might need it if your gums have begun to separate from your teeth, exposing their roots. Your dentist uses specialized tools to smooth your exposed roots which encourages your gums to reattach to them.

If you notice any symptoms of gum disease or are simply due for a cleaning, call Swinney Dental or book an appointment online for expert periodontal services today.