Which physical findings are characteristic of chronic gingivitis?

Updated: Jan 18, 2018
  • Author: James M Stephen, MD, FAAEM, FACEP; Chief Editor: Jeff Burgess, DDS, MSD  more...
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  • Chronic gingivitis

    • Patients have minimal physical findings aside from local findings at the dental-gingival margins.

    • Gingival pockets may be detected with a periodontal probe. However, the pocket depth may be overestimated when periodontitis is present and underestimated in healthy gums.

    • Mild bleeding from the gum margins may occur with any manipulation.

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