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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 37-40

Orthodontic management of an impacted maxillary incisor due to odontoma

1 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Rural Dental College, Loni, Ahmednagar, India
2 Shri Sai Baba Hospital, Shirdi, Rahata, Ahmednagar, India
3 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Rural Dental College, Loni, Ahmednagar - 413 736, India
4 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Rural Dental College, Loni, Ahmednagar - 413 736, India

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Rahul S Baldawa
302, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Rural Dental College, Loni 413 736. Rahata, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-237X.79312

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Odontomas are a heterogeneous group of jaw bone lesions, classified as odontogenic tumors which usually include well-diversified dental tissues. Odontomas are the most common type of odontogenic tumors and generally they are asymptomatic. Two types of odontomas are described: compound and complex based on either the appearance of well-organized tooth-like structures (compound odontomas) or on a mass of disorganized odontogenic tissues (complex odontomas). Compound odontomas have a predilection for the anterior maxilla, whereas complex odontomas have a predilection for the posterior mandible. Odontomas frequently interfere with eruption of teeth leading to their impaction. This is a case report of a 14-year-old girl with an unerupted maxillary right central incisor due to a complex composite odontoma a rare occurrence in anterior maxilla. Surgical excision of the odontoma and orthodontic treatment to get the impacted maxillary right central incisor into alignment is discussed.

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