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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 254-258

Lip repositioning

1 Department of Periodontology, Al Badar Dental College and Hospital, Gulbarga, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Periodontology, H.K.E Society's, S. Nijalingappa Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Gulbarga, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Periodontology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Reetika Gaddale
Department of Periodontology, Al Badar Dental College and Hospital, Nagan Halli Road, Gulbarga 585 102, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.131349

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Excessive gingival display is a frequent finding that can occur because of various intraoral or extraoral etiologies. This report describes the use of surgical lip repositioning technique for the management of a gummy smile associated with vertical maxillary excess and hypermobility of the upper lip. The procedure restricts the muscle pull of the elevator lip muscles by shortening the vestibule, thus reducing the gingival display when smiling. Healing was uneventful and follow-up examinations of 10 months revealed reduced gingival display. For patients desiring a less invasive alternative to orthognathic surgery, lip repositioning is a viable alternative.

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