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Practical aesthetic gingival surgery

It is well documented how to deal with tooth related aesthetic issues using both restorative and increasingly orthodontic approaches, yet gingival aesthetics are often overlooked. Modern smile design should also include gingival anatomy, with pink aesthetics being equally as important as the teeth when delivering a successful outcome.

The loss of the buccal bone following extraction, for example, can have a profound effect on gingival contour. Equally, normal chronological recession can contribute to the formation of unaesthetic “black triangles” in our older patients. Both of these common situations can be sources of difficulty for the dentists aiming to create the ideal smile.

This presentation will describe how to predictably reduce open gingival embrasures (black triangles) and outline various approaches to deal with defective edentulous ridges using the “ovate pontic” technique and, where appropriate, the use of connective tissue grafts. The speaker will describe in detail the processes to follow with reference to numerous treated cases from his own clinical practice. It is intended that the delegates will subsequently be able to utilise the techniques described in their own practices.

Learning outcomes
Following the presentation, the delegates will be able to:

  1. Be familiar with the anatomy of the normal muco-gingival complex
  2. Appreciate the proportions of aesthetically ideal gingival anatomy
  3. Recognise the gingival defects which are deemed to be unaesthetic by patients
  4. Apply the research of Denis Tarnow regarding the closure of open gingival embrasures and the creation of correctly proportioned gingival papillae
  5. Create aesthetic “ovate pontic” sites when replacing missing teeth in the aesthetic areas

Speaker – Ken Harris

Ken Harris

Dr Ken Harris graduated with BDS from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1982, passed MFGDP(UK) in 1996, finally achieving Fellowship of Royal College of General Dental Practice FFGDP(UK) in 2017. He also holds an MSc in Restorative & Aesthetic Dentistry (with distinction) from the University of Manchester. Ken maintains a fully private referral practice with branches in Sunderland and Newcastle upon Tyne specialising in complex dental reconstruction cases based upon sound treatment planning protocols. As one of only 2 Accredited Fellows of British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD), Ken acts as tutor and examiner for the BACD Accreditation process. He is a sustaining member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and holds membership of British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (BAAD). Ken was the first UK Graduate of the Kois Center across in Seattle where he now acts as a Mentor. He is currently UK Clinical Director for the California Center for Advanced Dental Studies and acts as Clinical Director for Dentist Direct; the UK-based dental corporate group. Ken is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry (IJCD), and despite being a full-time Practitioner, he has penned numerous articles in the dental press while still managing to fulfil a busy teaching schedule both nationally and internationally.

Venue – Best Western Chilworth Manor Southampton

Best Western Chilworth Manor



Hampshire SO16 7PT

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1 Day Educational Meeting
25 June 2015 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Non-Members £295.00
2 CPD Hours