Gum Recession | Gingival Recession - Glossary

Dr. Simi Paknikar
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Simi Paknikar, MD
Last Updated on Apr 12, 2016
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Glossary

Scalpel: It is a small, extremely sharp instrument used for anatomical dissections or surgical procedures.

Gum line: The line which separates the gum from the exposed surface of the tooth.

Periodontal pockets: Abnormal extensions of the gingival sulcus near the area where the gum tissue contacts the tooth.

Periodontal disease: Disease of the gums.

Periodontal probe: It is a dental instrument used to measure sulcus or pocket depths to examine any periodontal disease.

Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis: It is a severe type of gum disease causing painful and bleeding gums.

Dipping tobacco: It is a finely grounded, moistened smokeless tobacco product.

Gingivitis: Inflamed gums.

Periodontist: A dentist who specializes in treating gum-related problems.

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