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Volume 33 , Issue 3
May/June 2013

Pages 309–315

Treatment of Excessive Gingival Display Using a Modified Lip Repositioning Technique

Noé Vital Ribeiro-Júnior, DDS, MSc/Thiago Veiga de Souza Campos, DDS/Jefferson Guilherme Rodrigues, DDS/Thiago Modolo Azevedo Martins, DDS, MSc/Cléverson O. Silva, DDS, MSc, PhD

PMID: 23593624
DOI: 10.11607/prd.1325

Excessive gingival display during smiling (“gummy smile”) is an esthetic issue that affects a considerable part of the population. The hyperactivity of the elevator muscle of the upper lip is one of the main causes of a gummy smile, and several techniques have been proposed for its treatment. The aim of this report is to describe a modification of the lip repositioning technique to achieve stable and significant outcomes through a more conservative procedure. Two patients complaining about a gummy smile were treated with the proposed technique and presented, after a 6-month follow-up, significant improvement in the amount of gingival exposure and esthetic satisfaction. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2013;33:309–315. doi: 10.11607/prd.1325)

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