A new classification system for gingival and palatal recession

J Indian Soc Periodontol. 2013 Mar;17(2):175-81. doi: 10.4103/0972-124X.113065.


Various classifications have been proposed to classify gingival recession. Miller's classification of gingival recession is most widely followed. With a wide array of cases in daily clinical practice, it is often difficult to classify numerous gingival recession cases according to defined criteria of the present classification systems. To propose a new classification system that gives a comprehensive depiction of recession defect that can be used to include cases that cannot be classified according to present classifications. A separate classification system for palatal recessions (PR) is also proposed. This article outlines the limitations of present classification systems and also the inability to classify PR. A new comprehensive classification system is proposed to classify recession on the basis of the position of interdental papilla and buccal/lingual/palatal recessions.

Keywords: Cemento-enamel junction; classification; gingival recession; interdental papilla; mucogingival junction.