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Cosmetic Gum Contouring

A disproportionate or heavy gumline can distract from your teeth and negatively impact the overall appearance of your smile.

Drs. Roger B. Parkes and R. Clarke Stewart can help you enjoy a more harmonious, symmetrical-looking smile with cosmetic gum contouring

Why do we recommend gum contouring for our patients in the greater Jackson, MS, region?

Creating a Confident Smile

When you imagine a perfect smile, the gums are typically not a feature that stands out. However, an imperfect gumline can garner too much attention, taking away from the overall beauty of your smile. We recommend gum contouring for several reasons.

Fix a Gummy Smile

Laser contouring removes excess gum tissue and exposes more of the tooth structure. When you establish a proper balance of gum tissue relative to the teeth, your smile tends to look healthier and more proportional.

Make Teeth Look Straighter

Even if you have straight teeth, an uneven gum line can create the illusion of crookedness. Laser contouring levels out a gumline that slopes down at an angle, enhancing the appearance of symmetry.

Improve Your Confidence

Don't underestimate the impact cosmetic dentistry can have on your attitude and quality of life. Dental enhancement combined with laser contouring can perfect the aesthetics of your smile, improving your confidence and the way you present yourself.   

A Closer Look at Treatment 

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Candidates for Laser Gum Contouring

Many of our patients throughout Jackson, Clinton, and Ridgeland, MS, qualify for gum contouring. During your consultation at our Jackson practice, Dr. Parkes or Dr. Stewart will evaluate your teeth and gums to ensure you are a good candidate. It is important that gum disease and tooth decay are treated before cosmetic enhancement to give you a healthy foundation and long-lasting results.

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Your Treatment Timeline

Here is what you can expect during treatment at our Jackson dental practice:
Excess tissue is carefully removed with a dental laser, making the gumline straight and proportional. 
Excess tissue is carefully removed with a dental laser, making the gumline straight and proportional. 


Before we begin the procedure, your cosmetic dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Most patients report minimal discomfort during and after the procedure.


When you are comfortable, we will begin to target unwanted gum tissue with our dental laser. Excess tissue is carefully removed, making the gumline straight and proportional. 


Once the procedure is complete, we will send you home with specific post-op instructions to ensure a safe and speedy recovery. Make sure to eat soft foods for a few days and contact our office if you have any questions or concerns.

Comprehensive Smile Enhancement 

While gum contouring can be performed as a standalone treatment, many people choose to undergo the procedure as part of a smile makeover. A smile makeover allows you to combine several forms of cosmetic dentistry into a single streamlined treatment plan. The goal is to address all your areas of insecurity and produce the exact results you desire.

Since laser gum contouring can help make your teeth the focal point of your smile, you may also want to consider dental enhancement  Many of our patients choose to get teeth whitening or porcelain veneers at the same time to achieve more dramatic and stunning results. 

Read 5-Star Reviews of Our Practice


Sheron Lensing


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I am so thankful to Dr. Roger Parks for making me smile. I have always disliked my gummy smile and his expertise was amazing. I didn’t know I could do anything about it until I came to Periodontics of Jackson. His staff is great and so was my experience!

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Janice Walker


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My experience at Periodontal Associates was phenomenal. The minute I walked into clinic, I was made to feel welcomed and cared for. The staff is so friendly, as well as efficient. Dr. Stewart is very personable, and he did an amazing job with my gum grafts. I healed very quickly with minimal pain. I feel as if I have new friends. I highly recommend Periodontal Associates of Jackson.

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Dr. Roger B Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart

Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A.

Our periodontists, Dr. Roger B. Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart are committed to providing patients in Clinton, Ridgeland, and Jackson, MS, with high-quality care in a comfortable setting. They are affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Dental Association
  • Jackson Dental Society

To schedule a consultation at our periodontal practice, contact us online or call (601) 956-1230.

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"Thank you for everything! You have a very friendly office where people greet you by name. Everyone makes me feel at ease and welcome as if I'm the only patient you have. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my periodontal treatment. Kudos to Dr. Parkes and his staff." Alex S.

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