Periodontal diagnosis and classification
In dentistry, numerous types of classification schemes have been developed to describe the teeth and gum tissue in a way that categorizes various defects. All of these classification schemes combine to provide the periodontal diagnosis of the aforementioned tissues in their various states of health and disease.
Alveolar ridge deficiency
Class I: buccolingual loss of tissue with normal apicocoronal ridge height
Class II: apicocoronal loss of tissue with normal buccolingual ridge width
Class III: combination-type defects (loss of both height and width)
The magnitude of a receding gumline, commonly referred to as the measurement of gingival recession, is most often described using Miller's classification:
- Class I: Recession that does not extend to the mucogingival junction
- Class II: Recession that extends to or beyond the mucogingival junction, but without loss of interproximal clinical attachment
- Class III: Recession that extends to or beyond the mucogingival junction, with either loss of interproximal clinical attachment or tooth rotation
- Class IV: Recession that extends to or beyond the mucogingival junction, with either interproximal clinical attachment or tooth rotation that is severe
A new classification has been proposed to classify gingival and palatal recessions. The new classification system gives a comprehensive depiction of recession defect that can be used to include cases that cannot be classified according to earlier classifications. A separate classification system for palatal recessions (PR) is also proposed. The new classification system is more detailed, informative and tries to overcome the limitations of Miller's classification system. A wide array of cases which cannot be classified by application of Miller's classification, can be classified by application of Kumar & Masamatti's Classification.
As a general rule, mobility is graded clinically by applying firm pressure with either two metal instruments or one metal instrument and a gloved finger.
- Normal mobility
- Grade I: Slightly more than normal (<0.2mm horizontal movement)
- Grade II: Moderately more than normal (1-2mm horizontal movement)
- Grade III: Severe mobility (>2mm horizontal or any vertical movement)
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- Kumar A, Masamatti SS. A new classification system for gingival and palatal recession. J Indian Soc Periodontol 2013;17:175-81.
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