Article: Volume 7 Number 3 Page 99 - July 2014

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  Orth Update 2014; 7: 99-102

Orthodontics:  Options to Preserve Teeth Displaced by Dental Cysts

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Abstract: These case reports illustrate the management of two patients presenting with a dentigerous cyst and nasopalatine cyst, respectively. Both patients were treated with different surgical approaches and the associated teeth were successfully aligned with orthodontic appliances.

Clinical relevance: Dental practitioners should be suspicious if teeth are missing past the ideal age of eruption, especially if the contralateral tooth has been erupted for at least 6 months. Initial investigations should involve radiographs to identify presence, or otherwise, of the tooth and prompt referral when appropriate.

Author notes: Monika Cedro, BDS, MFDS RCS(Eng), MSc, MOrth RCS(Eng), Senior Specialty Registrar in Orthodontics, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford and Eastman Dental Hospital and Nigel Taylor, MDSc, BDS, FDS RCS(Ed), MOrth RCs(Ed), Consultant Orthodontist, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, UK.

Objective: To increase awareness of what should be done if a dentigerous cyst is suspected both in terms of initial investigations and referral.

Kavo Kerr