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IP International Journal of Periodontology and Implantology

Treatment of altered passive eruption by surgical gingivectomy: A case report

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Author Details: Pooja Darakh, Yogesh Khadtare, Pramod Waghmare, Amita Mali

Volume : 2

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2457-0087

Print ISSN : 2581-9836

Article First Page : 64

Article End Page : 68


In recent times, dentists, as well as patients, have developed greater awareness about the impact of teeth and gingiva in the attractiveness of smile. Short clinical crowns are considered unaesthetic and bring patients’ to the dentist to rectify their gummy smile. The gingival complex plays a vital role in the overall beauty of an individual’s smile. Altered passive eruption is a clinical situation that occurs due to excessive gum overlapping the enamel, thus contributing to a gummy smile. Many techniques are available to correct the problem of gummy smile due to altered passive eruption. However, there has to be a sound knowledge about the classification and treatment options of altered passive eruption so as to treat patients’ accurately. Careful consideration of biologic width and the dentogingival junction is needed to adequately diagnose the true etiology and plan an effective treatment. In the current case report, altered passive eruption was treated with surgical gingivectomy.

Keyword: Altered passive eruption, Esthetic smile, Gingivectomy.