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Managing Patients with Gummy Smiles – Diagnosis is the Key

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

When planning orthodontic treatment for patients with excess gingival display or “gummy smiles”, it is often necessary to also incorporate periodontal surgery and/or restorative dentistry to achieve ideal smile esthetics. This presentation will identify the threshold levels at which this esthetic discrepancy becomes noticeable as well as the various diagnoses associated with excess gingival display. Emphasis will be placed on the specific diagnostic parameters used to create age-appropriate treatment alternatives for these patients.


- Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the 7 possible diagnoses for “gummy smile”

  • Identify the threshold level at which a “gummy smile” becomes noticeable


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