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Management of the Gummy Smile

In the first example the patient’s initial “gummy smile” and two misshapen and discolored crowns detract from her look. After aesthetic periodontal surgery to expose more tooth structure and the placement of four new crowns (caps), her smile is dramatically improved.

Before Treatment

After Treatment

In this second example, a variety of dental abnormalities contribute to an unattractive smile. Working in conjunction with the general dentist, the periodontist performed several periodontal plastic procedures to manage the “gummy look” and to cover recession. Then the general dentist veneered the misshapen and malposed tooth to complete a great smile. The cooperative team of the periodontist and the general dentist can provide great rewards to all concerned.

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