Southern Colorado Periodontics & Implants
Justin Tullis, DDS, AEGD, MS
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Southern Colorado Periodontics & Implants - Justin L. Tullis, DDS

We are your oral and systemic health advocates.  Our team is dedicated to providing you with personalized, gentle care in a pressure free environment.

Southern Colorado Periodontics and Implants was formerly the practice of Dr. Brian Fitzpatrick DMD.  Dr. Fitzpatrick recently retired in the summer of 2020 after a distinguished career in the U.S. Army and in private practice since 2003. He looks forward to spending more time enjoying his 11 grandkids.  All the same friendly staff remain with the practice, at the same location. Dr. Tullis’ goal is to carry on Dr. Fitzpatrick’s legacy, providing pragmatic and holistic patient care, utilizing the latest proven techniques and technology.

What does Dr. Tullis do?

Dr. Tullis is a periodontist: a dentist who specializes in the bone and gum tissue that support the teeth.  A periodontist collaborates with your general dentist and other specialists to help save natural teeth from periodontal disease.  Dr. Tullis places dental implants, treats both gum recession and gummy smiles, and oral pathology.  The periodontal specialist is the only type of dentist that manages all surgical aspects of dental implants; from candidate screening and preparation, implant site development, bone and gum grafting, and treatment of diseased implants.  A periodontist must first become a licensed dentist before undertaking an additional three years of residency training.  Periodontal disease is the most common chronic infection in the world.  It is often painless, but if left untreated, leads to loss of the teeth.

The most common conditions treated by a periodontist are:

Gingivitis – Red and bleeding gums.

Periodontitis – When gum pockets develop around the teeth from chronic infection that degrades the supporting bone, eventually causing loose teeth, change in bite, and tooth loss.  In some cases the periodontist can help you grow back bone that has been lost.

Missing teeth – Can often be replaced with dental implants.  Implants can replace a single tooth, bridge, or even dentures.  The new teeth are made in collaboration with your general dentist.  

Gum recession - The periodontist can help you grow back gum where it has been lost.

Gummy smile - beautiful smiles start with teeth but are also framed by the gums.  The periodontist can recontour a gummy smile to make it more attractive.


We are In-Network with several of the most common dental benefit plans in Colorado Springs.

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