Excessive or uneven gums

Some people are born with gums that either rest too low or too high on their teeth. They may not be happy with their smile, in which case, they may be candidates for a procedure called gum contouring surgery. This is also known as reshaping or tissue sculpting, and it is a cosmetic dental procedure that evens out uneven gum lines.

Gums that cover a large portion of your teeth, making your teeth appear too small, maybe the result of genetics, a particular health problem, or taking certain prescription drugs. This dental condition is often referred to as a ‘gummy smile.’ While it is usually considered a purely cosmetic issue, it could potentially interfere with proper oral hygiene and increase the risk of gum disease and other dental problems. 

If gums are too high and make your teeth appear long, then gum recession is often the cause. This is a condition in which the gum tissue pulls back from the tooth and exposes the tooth’s root. If gum recession is too severe, it indicates a more severe problem, such as periodontal disease. It is essential to consult with a dentist or periodontist if you suspect you have overly large gums. These healthcare professionals can guide you on the best possible treatment to achieve a well-proportioned, healthy smile.

Your oral health matters a great deal; sometimes, surgical procedures are necessary to maintain it. One such procedure is gum surgery, often recommended to treat various periodontal diseases or conditions. The surgery is an outpatient procedure, where local anaesthetic will be applied, and may involve the use of lasers, depending on what the dentist uses at his/her office.

On the day after your surgery, you should rest and minimize physical activity. It may take days or weeks for your gums to heal completely. You will receive specific instructions about what you need to do to aid the recovery process. You will most likely need to take pain reliever medications such as Tylenol or Advil to ease the pain/discomfort, eat soft and cool foods for the first few days, and follow special brushing instructions during the healing process.

Gum contouring can be performed by many dentists and periodontists. Consult our dentist in Waterloo to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure. If you had gum contouring surgery and are experiencing excessive swelling and/or bleeding, contact us to book an appointment.


Since providing compassionate care is our main objective, we strive to ensure that our patients feel at ease. The environment of our dental clinic is relaxing. The first impression many patients get when they walk in is that they have walked into a spa. 

A comfortable surrounding paired with a team that is kind and personable; each one of our team members show that not only do we care for you, but we also care about you. This is shown by going the extra mile to make sure that we meet your needs and expectations at all of your appointments. Our team will do everything they can to accommodate you and guide you towards a healthy and happy smile.

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We know you have many choices when choosing a Dentist in Waterloo, Ontario so we have made requesting an appointment a simple process via our Web site. If, for any reason you cannot keep a scheduled appointment, or will be delayed, please call us as soon as possible.

Insurance and Billing

At our fee-for-service office, we go above and beyond to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience for our patients. Payment is required at the end of your appointment, but we take care of the rest. Once your visit is complete, we handle the entire insurance claim process for you, submitting it electronically to save you time and effort. If you have direct deposit set up with your insurance provider, your reimbursement will be deposited into your bank account within a couple of days. Otherwise, your insurance carrier will mail the cheque to your registered address.

We strongly encourage setting up direct deposit if you have not already done so, as it will expedite the reimbursement process. Please feel free to inquire about how to proceed with this option. We are here to help!


If you are unable to keep an appointment, we ask that you kindly provide us with at least 48 clinic business hours’ notice. A fee may be charged if a patient does not show up for an appointment without sufficient notice.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing our practice for your dental care.

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