Online Event | UAE Timezone (GST) 17-20 Nov 2022

14th Dental Facial Cosmetic Conference

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Assessment and treatment of "gummy smiles"

Date: 19 November 2022 | Time: 15:15-16:00 (GST) | Location: Online Event


Excess gingival display, commonly known as a "gummy smile" can be caused by an abnormal dental eruption (delayed passive eruption), hyperfunction of the upper lip elevator muscle, excessive vertical growth of the maxilla, over-eruption of the maxillary anterior teeth, or a combination of the above-described factors. An accurate assessment is essential to determine the best treatment options, including orthodontics, orthognatic surgery, periodontal surgery (crown lengthening), botulinum toxin injections, or a combination. This lecture will focus on the assessment of excessive gingival display and the indications for periodontal surgical management of gummy smiles. 

Lecture Objectives

  • Discuss etiology of excessive gingival display 
  • Discuss biological width and principles of gingival dimensions 
  • Acknowledge crown lengthening as an option for treatment of some types of "gummy smiles" 
  • Discuss indications and contra-indications for surgical correction of excessive gingival display 
  • Discuss surgical techniques for the surgical correction of "gummy smiles" 

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