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Predictable Gingival Correction of Passive Eruption Predictable Gingival Correction of Passive Eruption

Author(s):

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

Date Added:

1/1/2008


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. This article presents a step-by-step guide for smile correction in the presence of passive eruption. Upon reading this article, the reader should: 1. Recognize passive eruption, 2. Determine proper position of the gingival margin as it relates to the incisal edge, 3. Be aware of how to surgically correct using bipolar electrosurgery.

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