Gingival Clinical Markers
Blunted Gingiva

Blunted Gingiva

Shape – The shape of the gingiva varies considerably depending on the shape of the teeth, their alignment in the arch, the location and size of the area of the proximal contact, the dimensions of the facial and lingual gingival embrasures, and the degree of gingival health.

Blunted Gingiva – Interdental papillae do not fill the entire interdental space and have a more flattened, not pointed, shape:

  • Chronic inflammation
  • Moderate bone loss
  • Loss of interproximal papilla height
  • Papillae are flat with subsequent interproximal space apical to tooth contact areas

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