Gingival Pathology

  • Anne Hegarty
  • Alison RichEmail author
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The normal anatomy and physiology of the periodontium is well known to dentists and dental specialists, as are the effects on the periodontium of plaque-associated bacterial infections. However, the gingivae may be involved in many other local and systemic conditions. The purpose of this chapter is to describe some of the less common pathological conditions that may affect one or more of the components of the periodontium and to discuss how clinicians can ensure these lesions are diagnosed and managed in a timely manner.


Gingival lesions Periodontium Periodontal diseases and conditions Non-plaque gingival pathology Immunological Lichen planus Infectious Drug-induced Leukoplakia Erythroplakia Neoplastic 


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  1. 1.Oral MedicineSheffield Teaching HospitalsSheffieldUK
  2. 2.The Department of Oral Diagnostic and Surgical SciencesUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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