Research Article
Volume 19 Issue 1 - 2020
Stippling, is it an Indicator of Gingival Thickness?
Thushara Mohanan1 and Vandana KL2*
1Postgraduate Student, Department of Periodontics, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka, India
2Senior Professor, Department of Periodontics, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka, India
*Corresponding Author: Vandana KL, Senior Professor, Department of Periodontics, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka, India.
Received: November 18, 2019; Published: December 26, 2019


Introduction: Stippling is a feature of healthy gingiva, which is a form of adaptive specialization or reinforcement of function. Reduction or loss of stippling is a common sign of gingival disease. It has been observed that thick gingiva has coarse and diffuse stippling whereas thin gingiva has fine and scanty stippling.

Aim/Objective: The objective of the study was to determine if there was any correlation between gingival stippling and thickness.

Materials and Methodology: The study included 180 sites from 15 patients aged 17 - 25 years. Stippling and gingival thickness (TGP) were recorded for the selected teeth.

Results: Out of 50, (27.7%) sites had coarse dense stippling, 13.33% of sites had thin gingiva (< 1 mm) and 14.44% had thick gingiva (≥ 1 mm). Out of 112, (62.22%) sites had fine scanty stippling, 20.55% of sites had thin gingiva and 41.66% had thick gingiva.

Conclusion: The observation of the study revealed presence of all four types of stippling. The existence of both coarse diffuse and fine scanty stippling were higher in thick gingiva. In thin gingiva, the fine diffuse and coarse scanty stippling types were found to be significantly higher. Further larger sample size will be considered to confirm the study results. The histologic and clinical correlation of these types of stippling are essential.

Keywords: Gingiva; Health; Stippling; Gingival Thickness


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Citation: Thushara Mohanan and Vandana KL. “Stippling, is it an Indicator of Gingival Thickness?”. EC Dental Science 19.1 (2020): 01-11.

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