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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

July/August 2003
Volume 34 , Issue 7

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Maxillary cyst associated with an invaginated tooth: A case report and literature review

Pablo A. Galindo-Moreno, DDS, PhD; Maria J. Parra-Vázquez, DDS; Elena Sánchez-Fernández, DMD, PhD; Gustavo A. Avila-Ortiz, DDS

Pages: 509-514
PMID: 12946069

Dental invagination or dens in dente is a rare malformation with a widely varied morphology. Radiographically, the affected tooth shows an infolding of the enamel and dentin that can extend to within the pulp cavity and the root and sometimes to the root apex. It can occur in both primary and permanent teeth, and its prevalence is reported to be 1.7% to 10%. The dental anomalies observed in association with dental invagination include taurodontia, microdontia, supernumerary teeth, gemination, and dentinogenesis imperfecta. This article presents a clinical case in which a radiographic finding could be compatible with the presence of a nasopalatine or globulomaxillary cyst and a dens in dente. It was decided to extract the invaginated tooth, and by 15 days postextraction, the radiolucid area had completely disappeared. The complex surgery that would have been required to remove the patient’s supposed cyst was thus avoided. Clinical and radiographic examination is suggested before making further decisions that could complicate treatment when a lesion is associated with other dental anomalies.

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