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International Journal of Dentistry
Volume 2015, Article ID 125146, 5 pages
Research Article

Interdental Papilla Length and the Perception of Aesthetics in Asymmetric Situations

Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, New York College of Dentistry, 345 East 24th Street, Suite 3W, New York, NY 10010, USA

Received 15 March 2014; Revised 5 September 2014; Accepted 21 October 2014

Academic Editor: Angela R. Kamer

Copyright © 2015 Yung Cheng Paul Yu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The purpose of the study was to determine if there was a difference in the perception of aesthetics, by dental specialty, using computer assisted asymmetric alteration of the papilla length in the aesthetic zone with an apical alteration of the contact point of the clinical crowns. Standardized photographs were presented to sixty-five randomly selected dentists from New York University College of Dentistry on a computer screen for evaluation. Then, the dental professionals were asked to rate the smile in each picture. Control and experiment photographs were used. Data was analyzed using the statistical package SPSS version 21 and one-way ANOVA. The perception of esthetics depends on the dental professional specialty; results provide evidence that asymmetric deficiency in papilla length of 2 mm or more is perceived as “unattractive” by the dental specialists.