Gingival Clinical Markers
Festooned Gingiva

Festooned 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.

Festooned Gingiva – When the gingival margin continues to thicken, the condition takes on a lifesaver-like appearance:

  • Exaggerated rolling of the free gingival margin
  • Usually associated with plaque induced inflammation
  • A rolled, lifesaver-shaped McCall’s Festoon

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