Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure that can reduce excess gum tissue that extends onto the teeth, making them appear uneven or short. We can also perform this procedure for patients with a ragged or crooked gum line. Dr. James Slaman cares about your comfort and uses gentle techniques to perform your gum contouring procedure, typically avoiding the need for local anesthesia. At our Albuquerque, NM, practice, we recommend this procedure to patients who want to improve the appearance of their smile.
What is Gum Contouring?
In addition to harboring bacteria and making your gums red and swollen, excess gum tissue can also affect the aesthetic of your smile. Gum contouring safely reshapes your gums for a healthy and beautifully-framed smile. Previously performed with a scalpel, innovative technology now allows us to complete gum contouring with the use of a laser. This minimally-invasive procedure can typically be completed in a single appointment. The result is a superior tooth-to-gum ratio for a balanced appearance.
Gum contouring safely reshapes your gums for a healthy and beautifully-framed smile.
Am I a Candidate for Gum Contouring?
The primary objective of gum contouring is improving aesthetics. Healthy teeth and gums are necessary before undergoing any cosmetic treatment. During a consultation, Dr. Slaman will first need to ensure that you do not have any active tooth decay or periodontal disease. Gum contouring is an effective treatment for:
- Removing Excess Gum Tissue: If you have a “gummy smile,” this procedure can lengthen your teeth for a more natural-looking appearance.
- Shaping Uneven Gums: An asymmetrical gum line can make your teeth appear uneven. Gum contouring can sculpt your gum line and make your smile more uniform.
- Functional Crown Lengthening: In some cases, additional tooth structure must be uncovered in preparation for a restoration, such as a dental crown. Laser therapy is useful in removing small amounts of gum tissue for a proper fit.
Laser Gum Reshaping Procedure
Once Dr. Slaman determines gum contouring is an option for you, he will measure your teeth and determine how much gum tissue should be removed. Typically, local anesthesia is not required, but it can be administered for your comfort if necessary. Working conservatively, Dr. Slaman will use the laser to gradually remove excess gum tissue, and sculpt your gums for a natural-looking appearance. Because the laser cauterizes as it incises, stitches are not required.
Following your procedure, you can immediately resume normal daily activity. Warm salt water rinses can help soothe the area. Any discomfort can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen.
Benefits of Laser Gum Contouring vs. Traditional Gum Surgery
In the past, many patients avoided cosmetic gum surgery because of anxiety and fear of pain. Today, many patients enjoy the benefits of gum reshaping. Laser technology offers:
- Reduced discomfort
- Less bleeding and swelling
- Added precision and accuracy
- Faster recovery time
- Reduced risk of infection
- Less patient anxiety and fear
- Safe and effective treatment
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are embarrassed about an uneven or “gummy” smile, gum contouring may be the solution for you. With cosmetic laser therapy, you can improve your smile aesthetics and give yourself a boost in confidence.
Our team of professionals is here to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have. We are committed to providing our patients with quality dental care in a comfortable environment. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Slaman, contact us online, or call our office at (505) 881-7586.