Periodontal Services

Swinney Morton Dental -  - Cosmetic, Implant, and General Dentistry

Swinney Morton Dental

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

Healthy teeth might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of oral health care. But you can’t keep your teeth healthy without keeping your gums healthy. Kayla Morton, DDS, and Trey Swinney, DDS, offer periodontal services at Swinney Morton Dental focused on preventing and treating periodontal (gum) disease. Schedule your periodontal care appointment today at the Tyler, Texas, office over the phone or online.

Periodontal Services Q & A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is one of the most common oral health problems in the United States. It’s also called gum disease, and nearly half of all adults over 30 have it.

Periodontal disease starts with gingivitis. Gingivitis is gum inflammation that develops with poor oral hygiene. Gingivitis can be reversed. It can and should be treated before it advances to periodontitis. Periodontitis is the most severe form of periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontitis will cause tooth loss.

Periodontal disease can cause significant gum and tooth damage, but it’s largely preventable with the help of periodontal services.

Do I need periodontal services?

Periodontal disease is common, but identifying and treating it with periodontal services can help reduce tooth damage. Gingivitis and early-stage periodontal disease cause symptoms that include:

  • Bleeding when brushing
  • Bleeding when flossing
  • Red or inflamed gums
  • Tender gums
  • Bad breath

As periodontal disease gets worse, you’ll develop symptoms like:

  • Pockets between your teeth and gums
  • Open sores in your mouth
  • Pus along your gumline
  • Severe gum recession
  • Loose teeth

If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an evaluation at Swinney Morton Dental. It’s possible to have periodontal disease without knowing it, so the team always looks for warning signs at your routine dental cleanings.

What periodontal services are available?

Periodontal services are dental treatments designed to treat and prevent the damage that periodontal disease often causes. If the team identifies gingivitis or periodontitis during your appointment, they might recommend periodontal treatment, like scaling and root planing.


Scaling, also called debridement, removes plaque and tartar that’s built up on your teeth. Your dentist removes the buildup above and below your gumline.

Root planing

After your teeth are clean, your dentist begins root planing. This process smooths out each tooth’s root below your gumline to help your gums reattach to your teeth.

Along with scaling and root planing, the team offers at-home care tips to keep your gums and teeth healthy. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings can help you avoid the complications of periodontal disease.

Whether you need periodontal treatment or it’s time to schedule your next dental cleaning, Swinney Morton Dental is here for you. Book online today or call for an appointment.