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Case Reports in Pediatrics
Volume 2014, Article ID 963962, 3 pages
Case Report

Management of Large Erupting Complex Odontoma in Maxilla

1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12, Ireland
2Hermitage Medical Clinic, Suite 10, Old Lucan Road, Dublin 20, Ireland

Received 17 October 2014; Accepted 24 November 2014; Published 14 December 2014

Academic Editor: Amalia Schiavetti

Copyright © 2014 Colm Murphy et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We present the unusual case of a large complex odontoma erupting in the maxilla. Odontomas are benign developmental tumours of odontogenic origin. They are characterized by slow growth and nonaggressive behaviour. Complex odontomas, which erupt, are rare. They are usually asymptomatic and are identified on routine radiograph but may present with erosion into the oral cavity with subsequent cellulitis and facial asymmetry. This present paper describes the presentation and management of an erupting complex odontoma, occupying the maxillary sinus with extension to the infraorbital rim. We also discuss various surgical approaches used to access this anatomic area.