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Cosmetic periodontal surgery: pre-prosthetic soft-tissue ridge augmentation.

Dentists understand that patients demand outstanding esthetic, as well as physiological, results in all phases of dentistry today. This places an onus on dentists, who must therefore be able to apply the latest technologies and techniques to successfully achieve each patients unique esthetic desires. A successful esthetic means knowing how to create the right illusion, which is subjective for each individual. Yet, it can be measured in objective and subjective standards. How then can practitioners evaluate and achieve these goals?

To begin, there are certain basic and objective characteristics of a healthy periodontia that must first, before anything else, be observed, respected and maintained. A healthy periodontia is essential to achieving and maintaining restorative esthetics.

Reddish inflamed periodontia immediately attract negative attention to the area. In contrast, a healthy zone of pink attached gingiva acts as a subtle background, providing dentists with significantly more restorative options for teeth.

Similarly, exposed gold crowns, gingival margins, exposed gingival porcelain jackets or laminate margins will draw negative attention. Also, crowns placed subgingivally in an inflamed area will probably lead to recession and an irregular gingival pattern resulting in dissatisfied patients.

After healthy periodontia has been achieved, color, hue, shape, form, symmetrical appearance and individual choice must then be discussed. At this point, the challenge of esthetic dentistry is at its zenith.


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