Interdental papilla length and the perception of aesthetics.

Manal Ibrahim LaVacca, Dennis P. Tarnow, George J. Cisneros

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The perception of dental aesthetics has been shown to vary significantly among patients and dental professionals. Smile evaluations should not be completed without establishing an ideal spatial relationship between the teeth and their respective papilla in the aesthetic zone. To date, no studies have evaluated the influence of papilla length on the perception of aesthetics and whether dental professionals or patients can discern variations. The purpose of this study was to determine the perception of aesthetics through symmetric alteration of the papilla length. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: This article reviews the importance of ideal papilla location for optimal aesthetics and its evaluation by dental professionals and patients. Upon reading this article, the reader should: Have a greater understanding of papilla length on the perception of aesthetics. Improve his or her familiarity with procedures and techniques applied to enhance soft tissue aesthetics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-412; quiz 414
JournalPractical procedures & aesthetic dentistry : PPAD
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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