stillman’s clefts

Definition –

Stillman’s clefts are apostrophe shaped indentation extending from & into the gingival margin varying distance on the facial surface.

Named after- Paul R stillman.


There are two types of stillman’s cleft –

  1. Simple cleft – cleavage in one direction .
  2. Compound cleft – cleavage in more than one direction.

Etiology –

Occlusal trauma.

also read- Halitosis .