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The gingival fibers are the connective tissue fibers that attach a tooth to the gingival tissue. They are primarily composed to type I collagen, although type III fibers are also involved.
These fibers, unlike the fibers of the periodontal ligament, in general, attach the tooth to the gingival tissue, rather than from the tooth to the alveolar bone.
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Functions of the gingival fibers
The gingival fibers accomplish the following tasks:
Gingival fibers and periodontitis
In theory, gingival fibers are the protectors against periodontitis, as once they are breached, they cannot be regenerated. Thus the gingival sulcus (G) increases in size, trapping more acidic debris and bacteria. However, if gingival fibers are managed to be regrown using stem cells, then periodontitis may have a chance at reversal.
Types of gingival fibers
There are three groups within which gingival fibers are arranged:
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