Gingival Clinical Markers
Clefted Gingiva

Clefted 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.

Clefted Gingiva – Narrow fissures can occur and alter the rounded shape of the gingival margin:

  • Narrow "slit" in the keratinized gingiva
  • Usually associated with root position in the arch and vigorous oral hygiene
  • Not associated with occlusal forces as once thought

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You have correctly identified the clefted gingiva by the narrow fissures on the facial gingiva.