Article: Volume 47 Number 3 Page 218 - March 2020

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Periodontics:  Gingival Veneers

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Abstract: This paper aims to present information about the provision of gingival prostheses or gingival veneers. These appliances are most commonly provided for patients with gingival recession and attachment loss. The paper will highlight the indications and advantages for providing prostheses, and inform the reader of the risks or complications that may arise. The clinical and laboratory stages will be explained and advice provided on maintenance. A case series will demonstrate some of the patient-related benefits and difficulties that can be encountered. A final aspect to the paper will present the results of a survey undertaken in the north-east of England, exploring the provision of these appliances in primary care.

Clinical relevance: Good aesthetics relating to the gingival margin can be difficult to achieve and the use of gingival veneers may provide a solution.

Author notes: Sumalatha Venugopal, BDS, Community and Sedation Dentist, Whittington Health NHS Trust (email: sumalatha.venugopal@nhs.net), Matthew Garnett, BDS, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Newcastle Dental Hospital and Ghee Seong Lim, MClinDent, Dental Lecturer, Restorative Dentistry, Newcastle Dental Hospital, Richardson Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE2 4AZ, UK.

Objective: To inform about providing and constructing a gingival prosthesis with clinical examples of their use.

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