Q&A: How does the oral epithelium attach to the connective tissue?
Author: Sanketh DS, MDS
The two main components of the oral mucosa are the stratified squamous epithelium and the underlying connective tissue called lamina propria. The epithelium is of two types – the keratinized and non-keratinized epithelium. While the gingival and palatal mucosae are keratinized, the non-keratinized epithelium lines the rest of the oral mucosa.
Below the epithelium is the lamina propria or the connective tissue. For descriptive purposes, the lamina propria is divided into a papillary layer associated with the epithelial ridges and a reticular layer below it.
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