Gum Contouring Frames Your Teeth for a Dazzling Smile

Most of us know white, straight teeth contribute to an attractive smile but our gums also play an important role. A delicate balance exists between the size of your teeth and the proportions of your smile and face. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your gums, cosmetic gum contouring can shape and trim excess tissue. Drs. Roger B. Parkes and R. Clarke Stewart of Periodontal Associates of Jackson use laser technology, which minimizes discomfort and reduces recovery time. Our periodontists use careful planning and artistic skill to ensure that your results will complement your unique smile. To learn more about gum contouring, contact our Jackson, MS, office today.

before and after illustration of gum contouring

Candidates for Laser Gum Contouring

During your consultation, Dr. Parkes or Dr. Stewart will evaluate your gums, teeth, and overall oral health. While cosmetic gum contouring is an aesthetic procedure, it is important that your gums are in good health. We will recommend treatment for gum disease if necessary before any aesthetic treatments are performed.

Gum contouring candidates are patients whose smiles will be improved by the reshaping of their gum tissue. These patients may have excess gum tissue or an uneven gum line. By recontouring the gum line, we can expose more of each tooth's structure, making the teeth appear larger or more uniformly shaped. Our doctors have extensive experience in gum reshaping and can design a treatment plan that delivers beautiful, natural-looking results.

The Gum Contouring Procedure

Before your treatment begins, your doctor may administer local anesthetic to the treatment area. In some cases, local anesthetic is unnecessary, since laser treatment is much more comfortable than traditional gum reshaping, which is performed with a scalpel. Once your gums are prepped, your periodontist will carefully begin to ablate away small amounts of tissue from your gum line, taking note of how each tooth looks within your smile.

The soft-tissue laser we use instantaneously seals tissue during treatment, negating the need for sutures. As a result, you will experience minimal bleeding during the procedure. The laser also kills bacteria, which reduces your chances for infection following treatment. Once your cosmetic goals have been achieved, you will return home with specific instructions on how to take care of your gums in the days following surgery. You may experience some soreness, swelling, and redness which should dissipate quickly.

The Benefits of Laser Technology

Compared to traditional shaping with a scalpel, there are several benefits to gum contouring with laser technology:

  • Faster healing time 
  • Minimal bleeding during surgery
  • Less risk of infection 
  • Greater precision and ability to customize
  • Minimized discomfort during and after the procedure

Although many people choose to combine gum reshaping with another procedure, like veneers, it can be used as a stand-alone treatment. When compared to more complex cosmetic procedures, this relatively simple and inexpensive option is a great alternative for many patients.

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If you are unhappy with your smile, your gums may benefit from reshaping. To learn more about gum contouring and other periodontal treatments, contact Periodontal Associates of Jackson today.

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

Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A.

Our periodontists, Dr. Roger B. Parkes, Dr. R. Clarke Stewart, and Dr, Jamie Howard, 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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