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Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Predictable Gingival Correction of Passive Eruption Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Predictable Gingival Correction of Passive Eruption

Author(s):

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

Date Added:

7/21/2008


Summary:

While the need to maintain a dry operative field has traditionally caused complications during various soft tissue surgical procedures, the use of bipolar electrosurgical techniques can eliminate the need to maintain a dry field, thus increasing the clinician's ability to deliver predictable, long-term results. This case presentation describes how to determine the presence of passive eruption, treatment plan its correction, and surgically alter the gingiva to provide a more aesthetic smile. Upon reading this article, the reader should recognize passive eruption, determine proper position of the gingival margin as it relates to the incisal edge, and be aware of how to surgically correct using bipolar electrosurgery.

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