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Bipolar Electrosurgery: Gingival Modification in Passive Eruption Bipolar Electrosurgery: Gingival Modification in Passive Eruption

Author(s):

Lee H. Silverstein, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD;Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS

Date Added:

8/20/2008


Summary:

Excessive gingival display can affect the total aesthetics of a smile, becoming its focus instead of its frame. This can be the result of passive eruption of the gingival complex as the teeth erupt. The condition of delayed or altered passive eruption exists when the gingival complex remains coronal to the cementoenamel junction (CEJ), with the attachment on the enamel instead of the cementum of the root, giving the appearance of short clinical crowns. Crown lengthening is critical to the success of creating a smile that is harmoniously balanced with its surrounding facial features.

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