Gingival Clinical Markers
Bulbous Gingiva

Bulbous 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.

Bulbous Gingiva – Interdental papillae appear too large for the space:

  • Enlarged interproximal papillae
  • Papillae appear to be "squeezed out" of the embrasure space
  • Usually a result of severe edema
  • May become chronic and firm with long standing inflammation

Select the correct image based on the above description:

cntr_img02_180w
Incorrect
Please select another response.
cntr_img01_180w
Incorrect
Please select another response.
cntr_img03_180w
Correct
You have correctly identified the bulbous gingiva by the interdental papillae that appear too large for the interdental space.
cntr_img04_180w
Incorrect
Please select another response.