J Korean Acad Prosthodont.  2016 Oct;54(4):438-444. 10.4047/jkap.2016.54.4.438.

The esthetic prosthodontic treatments in maxillary anterior area, considering the gingival margin

  • 1Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. odontopia@khu.ac.kr


To enhance the esthetic appearance, the maxillary anterior area is important. It is possible to improve the esthetic appearance through the treatment of maxillary anterior area, which includes altering the color, form, and arrangement of teeth. When planning these treatments, clinicians should individualize personal demands, by using the information obtained from facial, dento-labial, dental, and gingival analysis. It is essential to properly prepare the gingival structure, which includes the height of gingival margin, the location of zenith, reconstruction of the interdental papillae, emergence profile, and symmetry. Clinicians often face unfavorable condition of the gingiva and the edentulous ridge, and appropriate management of the gingival structure is needed. In this case report, the patients were treated to improve the gingival conditions surrounding maxillary anterior teeth. By using conservative treatment without surgical intervention, such as application of pink porcelain, subgingival contour modelling and modification of pontic base, satisfactory esthetic results were gained.


Dental esthetics; Maxillary anterior; Gingival margin; Modified ovate pontic; Interim dental prosthesis

MeSH Terms

Dental Porcelain
Denture, Partial, Fixed
Denture, Partial, Temporary
Esthetics, Dental
Dental Porcelain
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