Lip repositioning is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat a gummy smile, which is a condition in which a significant amount of the gum is exposed when a person smiles and may be due to a variety of factors, such as excess gum tissue, a short upper lip or overactive muscles of the upper lip, among others. Clinical crown lengthening, on the other hand, involves removing excess gingival tissue and, if necessary, bone tissue to expose more of the natural crown of the tooth. Clinical case: A clinical case of a 31-year-old female patient who presented a gummy smile caused by hypermobility of the upper lip and an excess of localized gingival tissue is reported. The treatment plan involved a combination of lip repositioning and crown lengthening. The aesthetic results were significant, with the patient’s smile more balanced and displayed. The amount of the patient’s exposed gum tissue when smiled was reduced and the length of the teeth was more visible, resulting in a more natural-looking smile, as well as increasing their acceptance of smiling.
KEY WORDS: gummy smile, lip repositioning, crown lengthening.
How to cite this article
GINEZ VAZQUEZ, R. F.; MARTÍNEZ GUTIÉRREZ, D. & MAYORAL GARCÍA, V. A. Lip repositioning. Clinical case. Int J. Odontostomat 17(4):446-450, 2023.