Gingival Clinical Markers
Cratered Gingiva

Cratered 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.

Cratered Gingiva – The interdental papillae take on a concave appearance:

  • Interproximal loss of papillae with subsequent facial and lingual margins of gingiva remaining
  • Gingival tissue appears "scooped-out" with a depression in mid-proximal area
  • Often a consequence of acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis
  • Such contours make plaque removal difficult

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