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World J Clin Cases. Sep 16, 2015; 3(9): 779-788
Published online Sep 16, 2015. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v3.i9.779
Gingival enlargements: Differential diagnosis and review of literature
Amit Arvind Agrawal
Amit Arvind Agrawal, Department of Periodontics, MGV’s KBH Dental college and hospital, Nashik, Maharashtra 422002, India
Author contributions: Agrawal AA solely wrote this paper.
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Correspondence to: Dr. Amit Arvind Agrawal, MDS, MPhil, Professor, Department of Periodontics, MGV’s KBH Dental college and hospital, Mumbai-Agra road, Nashik, Maharashtra 422002, India.
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Received: February 1, 2015
Peer-review started: February 2, 2015
First decision: May 13, 2015
Revised: June 8, 2015
Accepted: July 29, 2015
Article in press: August 3, 2015
Published online: September 16, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: In clinical dentistry, patients frequently report with isolated/regional or generalized gingival enlargements, which could fall under varied presentations. The diagnosis of these lesions is essential for their successful management and of the patient as a whole. This article revises the existing knowledge of different types of enlargements and highlights some important diagnostic features. A customized decision tree is designed, which will help clinicians to keep a broad view when formulating a differential diagnosis of localized (isolated, discrete, regional) or generalized gingival enlargement and arrive at a particular diagnosis is an easy and systematic manner.