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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38-41

An infected case of small dentigerous cyst on intraoral radiograph and orthopantomography

Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, KLEVK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Manisha Singh
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, KLEVK Institute of Dental Sciences, Nehru Nagar, Belagavi, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/ijohs.ijohs_29_21

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Dentigerous cyst is the second most common odontogenic cyst, which affects the jaws. It accounts for 15% of all true cysts in the jaws. This cyst is mostly associated with the crown of unerupted teeth involving crown of impacted mandibular third molars followed by maxillary canine and maxillary third molars. Dentigerous cysts can occur at any age, but the greatest incidence is in the second to fourth decades of life. Dentigerous cysts have the potential for attaining large size and tend to absorb roots of involved teeth. Dentigerous cysts have the potential to develop odontogenic tumors such as ameloblastoma and malignancies such as oral squamous cell carcinoma and mucoepidermoid carcinoma. The progressive nature of dentigerous cysts may show expansion and result in pathological fractures of jawbones. The early detection of this cyst decreases the severity of the disease. Here is a case report of an infected dentigerous cyst that was detected on intraoral radiograph and orthopantomography.

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