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Subgingival Technology to Enhance the Theraputic Outcome Smile Reconstruction Subgingival Technology to Enhance the Theraputic Outcome Smile Reconstruction

Author(s):

Lee H. Silverstein, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD;Peter C. Shatz, DDS, Kathy Baker, RDH

Date Added:

7/1/2002


Summary:

As the public becomes more attuned to the esthetic possibilities available for selfimprovement through smile enhancement, dentistry is seeing a significant increase in patients wanting the so-called "Hollywood" smilel This emerging trend is causing the growth of the periodontal plastic aspect of periodontal therapy, which includes procedures such as root coverage, ridge augmentation, site development for implants, soft and hard tissue grafting to correct un esthetic or functionally compromising anatomic abnormalities, and also the removal of excessive gingiva and alveolar bone to correct "gummy" smiles. These procedures are critical to the success of creating a smile that is harmoniously balanced with its surrouncting facial features.

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