[Lecture synopsis] The soft tissue profile: creating and managing gingival beauty
Dr Maurice Salama's lecture will take you through the 10 essential steps in smile design demonstrating the clinical procedures to diagnose and reconstruct the individual 'restorative receptor sites' and their collective arrangement in harmony with the patient’s unique, specific lip and facial form.
Dental aesthetics has evolved beyond the aesthetic restoration of individual teeth to incorporate beauty in its fullest sense. As the clinician evaluates the philosophy of smile design it becomes obvious that the making of beautiful teeth is but the final phase in esthetic smile design. The essential element of smile design is the dentist’s role in orchestrating labial gingival harmony prior to the creation of the actual teeth.
A new classification system allows for prognostic treatment planning and therapy to avoid failure and ensure restorative esthetic success. These key issues must be preemptively addressed regardless of whether the restoration is to be an endodontically treated tooth, implant supported restoration, or a pontic. Thereafter, the restorative dentist can select from the plethora of ceramic systems to finalize the case developing the individual teeth in harmony with the dentofacial form.
To delineate the essential 10 essential steps to complete aesthetics
Clarify the when to save a tooth and perform endo and when to extract
Understand the integral role that implants will play in this new millennium
Delineate the specific resective and additive clinical techniques available to facilitate optimal smile design
Understand the use of multidisciplinary therapies to achieve successful outcomes.
See Dr Maurice Salama at Dentistry 17: Stars of Dentistry and attend his lecture: The soft tissue profile: creating and managing gingival beauty.
He is currently on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania, and a permenant member of the Scientific Committee of the world's leading online Dental Education Website DENTALXP.com. He currently is a member of the Team Atlanta Dental Practice which is a multidisciplinary practice world renowned for clinical research in reconstructive and aesthetic dentistry.