In vivo measurements of human gingival translucency parameters

Sang Ho Jun, Jin Soo Ahn, Brian M. Chang, Jason D. Lee, Jae Jun Ryu, Jong Jin Kwon

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between gingival translucency and peri-implant mucosa. A total of 22 peri-implant sites in 16 patients who required tooth replacement in the esthetic zone were included. Color measurements were obtained using a spectrophotometer and customized colored abutments. Mucosal thickness measurements were taken incrementally 0.5 mm from the facial gingival margin on sectioned casts. A statistically significant difference in gingival translucency was observed beginning at 1.5 mm. A negative correlation was observed between the thickness and translucency parameter (TP) (r = -0.64), with TP values decreasing as the gingival thickness increased. The gingival translucency was correlated with the thickness of the peri-implant mucosa and distance from the facial gingival margin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-434
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery
  • Periodontics


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