Emergence Profile

An emergence profile in dentistry is simply defined as the contour of the tooth or dental restoration where it meets, or “emerges” from the gingiva. Optimizing the emergence profile is a key component of cosmetic dentistry, and recreating a natural emergence when completing dental restorations is critical to the overall aesthetics of the patient’s smile. This is what enables the implant or other restoration to begin to resemble a lifelike tooth. Emergence profiles are important in common types of cosmetic dental procedures, including veneers, crowns, dentures, partial dentures, and dental implants. A good emergence profile should create a smooth, natural-looking transition from the circular implant platform to the tooth at the gingival level, resulting in a completely flawless restoration that is difficult or impossible to spot with the naked or untrained eye. Naturally, the emergence profile is most important when restorations are being done on the upper or lower front teeth.