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J Calif Dent Assoc. 2013 Jan;41(1):31-3, 36-9.

Characterization of dental anatomy and gingival biotype in Asian populations.

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  • 1University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry, USA.


Gingival and dental characteristics are risk factors for periodontal problems. With short or fused roots, a decreased periodontium results in some attachment loss, compromising periodontal stability. Similarly, with an increased incidence of thin gingival biotype, inflammatory and traumatic insults may result in gingival recession. Anecdotally, Asian dentitions have been described as having short roots with "thin gingiva". This cross-sectional study will utilize clinical data and radiographic interpretation to ascertain whether this clinical impression is valid.

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