Skilled Periodontist & Dental Implant Specialist – Dallas, TX

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John C. Tunnell,

Dallas Texas periodontist John C Tunnell D D S M S

For Dr. Tunnell, he wants to do more than simply give his patients attractive and confident smiles. His goal is to truly understand someone so he can use his skills to help them achieve their oral and overall health goals. He values his relationships with his patients above all else, and as a board-certified periodontist, he’s ready to offer you a level of specialty care and service that you’ve never experienced before. He’s eager to meet you, but first, you can learn more about Dr. Tunnell below.

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Where Did You Study Dentistry?

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Dr. Tunnell is a proud Dallas native, graduating from Jesuit College Preparatory School in North Dallas. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin and his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio before completing his residency program at The Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. To stay on top of the latest breakthroughs in dental technology and techniques, he is currently a member of the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Texas Dental Association
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • Southwest Society of Periodontists
  • Texas Society of Periodontists
  • Dallas County Dental Society
  • SPEAR Education
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What Kind of Advanced Training Do You Have?

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Dr. Tunnell is board certified in Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery by the American Board of Periodontology. To become a specialist, he completed a three-year residency program after dental school at the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry where he trained exclusively in periodontics, dental implants, oral medicine and IV sedation. As a resident, he developed a passion for minimally invasive periodontal and dental implant procedures, which he prefers due to their improved cosmetic outcomes with less discomfort to the patient. He is a fervent believer in the philosophy that teeth should be saved when possible, but that implants can be a great alternative when they can’t.

Dr. Tunnell has performed extensive research in periodontics and dental implants and has co-authored and published several articles in peer-reviewed journals while lecturing locally and internationally on a multitude of topics. Dr. Tunnell is also very involved in organized dentistry and serves on numerous committees in the dental and periodontal societies. He previously taught in the graduate periodontics department at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry for several years before leaving to focus on private practice full time.

What Do You Like to Do Outside of the Periodontal Office?

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Dr. Tunnell currently lives in Dallas with his wife, Jade, a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer, their three rowdy kids, and a Vizsla dog named Hugo. He is an avid garage gym enthusiast and spends his early mornings in his garage trying to stay in shape. When not in the garage, he loves spending time with his family, being outdoors, reading books, and traveling whenever possible.

Catch up with Dr. Tunnell on Instagram @central.perio for some insight into what a periodontist can do for you, and follow Central Perio @central.perio for a look at day to day operations in the periodontal office.