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Volume 32 , Issue 2
April 2012

Pages 211 (e68-e74)

Clinical and Radiographic Evaluation of Factors Influencing the Presence or Absence of Interproximal Gingival Papillae

Fabiano Perez, DDS, MSc/José Cláudio Martins Segalla, DDS, MSc, PhD/Paulo Martins Ferreira, DDS, MSc, PhD/José Roberto Pereira Lauris, DDS, MSc, PhD/João Gustavo Rabelo Ribeiro, DDS, MSc

PMID: 22292155
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.1053

This study evaluated factors that may influence the presence or absence of interproximal papillae. Clinical evaluation consisted of visual determination, and quantitative analyses were made using millimeter grids on radiographs. Patients (n = 45) were divided into three groups according to age. Data were analyzed using the chi-square test followed by the Student t test (α = .05). The distance from the contact point to the bone crest had significant influence on papilla presence in both anterior and posterior sites (P < .05), whereas the width between roots of adjacent teeth did not. The papilla was missing more frequently in anterior sites. The presence of papillae was not age-dependent. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2012;32:e68–e74.)

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