[/caption]The last step in our series of posts that began with a diagnosis of altered passive eruption is correction of the excess gingival tissue. The correct position for the gingival margins
Friday's post discussed the common diagnosis of altered passive eruption. We looked at the process and how to identify patients whose dental esthetics has been negatively impacted by this process.
I had the pleasure today of seeing a young woman whose chief concern was short square teeth. Orthodontic treatment was recently completed and she is routinely wearing her retainers. The clinical exam
[/caption]It is common for patients to present with what dental professionals would call a "gummy" smile. This appearance of excessive gingiva above the cervical of the maxillary anterior teeth in