Edition V03N01 | Year 2017 | Editorial Case Report | Pages 40 to 44
In Dentistry, the search for aesthetic excellency is increasingly growing in our specialties. The beauty of the smile is not only related to the shape, position and color of the teeth, but also to the characteristics of the gingival tissue which should be as harmonious as the teeth. The gummy smile is one of the complaints from patients, and may influence the self-esteem and social relationship. The development of new techniques such as the application of botulinum toxin may be a therapeutic option in the treatment of gummy smile. The purpose of this paper is to report the case of a patient with dentogingival discrepancy and gummy smile, which was treated by means of gingival resection surgery and application of botulinum toxin. The gingival resection surgery promoted the correction of dental zenith, and the application of botulinum toxin favored the dehiscence of the upper lip and reduction of the gummy smile. The association between gingival resection surgery and application of botulinum toxin reduced the gummy smile, optimizing the harmony of the smile, and reaching satisfaction of patient and contributing to the her life quality.