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Gingival Recessions: Definition and Classification

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In the normal situation, the gingival margin draws a scalloped line located 1 or 2 mm coronally to the cementoenamel junction (CEJ) [1]. Gingival recession is a mucogingival defect referred to the buccal exposure of the root surface of the tooth as a consequence of an apical migration of the gingival margin up to the CEJ [2, 3]. This pathological process involves both gingiva and the underlying bone. Thus, bone dehiscence should be present for gingival recession to occur (intrinsic mechanism) [4]. In some situations, the gingival relapse could slightly expose underling bone. This situation could explain the extrinsic pathological mechanism of gingival recession [5].

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Amine, K., El Kholti, W., Kissa, J. (2019). Gingival Recessions: Definition and Classification. In: Periodontal Root Coverage . Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20091-6_1

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