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Evaluating and Establishing Ideal Smile Esthetics : Beauty is More than Skin Deep

Course Number: 649

Gingival Scaffold

The gingival tissues frame the teeth and influence the perceived shape and shade of teeth. The gingival components of the smile are the color, contour, texture, and height of the gingiva (Figure 8).

Figure 8: The gingival scaffold, including gingival color/texture, gingival contours/recession, and papillary fill can impact perceived esthetics.