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Bipolar Soft Tissue Management & Functional Mock-Ups Bipolar Soft Tissue Management & Functional Mock-Ups

Author(s):

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

Date Added:

7/21/2008


Summary:

Patients desiring a cosmetic smile improvement can present challenges to the dentist when treatment planning. An excessive display of gingiva due to a high lip line often complicates treatment planning and can compromise the final esthetic result when proper planning is not considered prior to finalizing the case. We often have to ask ourselves as we evaluate the patient, do we “lower the river” (increase tooth length incisally), “raise the bridge” (increase tooth length gingivally) or a combination of both approaches.We will address using the case presented a methodological approach to treatment planning and execution of a functional mock-up to fine tune the esthetics that will achieve the patient’s desires prior to finalization of the definitive restorations.

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