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Gum Contouring

Your gums have a major impact on the appearance of your smile. Excess or uneven gum tissue can lead to self-consciousness.

Thanks to modern laser gum contouring techniques, Dr. James Slaman can reshape gum tissue and enhance dental aesthetics.

Learn how this effective cosmetic dentistry procedure can transform your smile at our Albuquerque, NM, practice.

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 What Is Gum Contouring? The Basics of Treatment

A prominent gum line can affect the appearance of your smile. Prominent gums can also harbor bacteria, making your gums red and swollen, and increasing your risk for gum disease. Gum contouring can address both of these issues and more.
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Reshaping the Gums

Gum contouring safely reshapes your gums to produce a healthy and beautiful frame for your teeth. Once performed with a scalpel, advanced technology allows us to complete the sculpting process with a soft tissue dental laser.

A before and after photo showing how gum contouring can improve a gummy smile

Improving Smile Aesthetics

Thanks to periodontal contouring, we can improve the tooth-to-gum ratio of your smile. This leads to a more balanced appearance. Treatment can also be combined with veneers or whitening for a more comprehensive smile makeover.

Good Candidates for Gum Contouring

During your visit to our Albuquerque dental practice, Dr. Slaman will assess your candidacy for periodontal treatment. Ideal candidates share some common traits.

Good Dental Health

Healthy teeth and gums are necessary to undergo any cosmetic treatment. During a consultation, Dr. Slaman will ensure that you do not have active tooth decay or gum disease.

Gummy Smiles

If you have a gummy smile, undergoing this dental procedure can effectively lengthen each affected tooth. Gum contouring reduces gum prominence for a more natural-looking appearance.

Asymmetrical Gum Line

An asymmetrical gum line can make your teeth appear uneven and poorly shaped. Gum contouring will sculpt your gums, making your smile appear more uniform and balanced in the process.

Crown Lengthening

In some cases, additional tooth structure must be uncovered to prep for a restoration, such as a dental crown. Gum therapy is useful in removing small amounts of soft tissue for a proper fit.

Laser Gum Contouring Produces Dramatic Results

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Improving Patient Experience during Treatment

Dr. Slaman has high standards and more than 25 years of experience. His Albuquerque dental center is committed to advanced, patient-centered dentistry. In addition to blankets, headphones, and other amenities in the waiting room, these are three ways we make the gum contouring process easier for everyone.
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Laser Technology

Laser dentistry with Waterlase allows for very precise removal of excess gum tissue. With no scalpel needed, the contouring procedure is safer and faster, and recovery is easier.

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Sedation Dentistry

Some patients may feel stressed during dental visits. That's why we offer oral conscious sedation. This sedation method helps patients feel completely relaxed during procedures.

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Payment Options

To make cosmetic gum reshaping affordable, we're proud to accept CareCredit® financing and offer in-office payment plans. These options will help you get the smile you deserve.

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Without a doubt the best dental practice in the Albuquerque area. Dr. Slaman is highly competent and personable. His staff is, without exception, kind, considerate and just plain nice! The whole experience is geared to putting the patient at ease knowing care is first rate. I felt like I was treated to the VIP level at all times. It is rare to find an entire organization where you can’t find a single suggestion for improvement, but the Dr. Slaman team is as near to perfect as you can get!

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James Slaman, DDS, PC

Dr. James Slaman specializes in cosmetic dentistry and offers a full selection of general and restorative treatments. Dr. Slaman is a member of various professional associations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Spear Faculty Club​

To request an appointment at our Albuquerque, NM, dental office, contact us online or call (505) 881-7586.

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