RESEARCH ARTICLE


Central Odontogenic Fibroma of the Gingiva: A Case Report



Ahmad Soolari*, Asghar Khan
University of Maryland Dental School, Baltimore, MD, USA


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Abstract

In this paper, we present a case of an uncommon and slow-growing tumor known as a central odontogenic fibroma (COF). The patient in question is a 53-year-old African-American man who was referred for periodontal evaluation of asymptomatic space formation between the mandibular central incisors. Clinical and radiological evaluations disclosed tumor-like tissue expanding the alveolar ridge in the buccolingual dimension, along with thinning of the cortical plates. Surgical excision was performed, and the specimen was sent for histopathology, which later confirmed that the lesion was a COF. Periodontal regenerative therapy was performed to rebuild the hard and soft tissue that had been compromised as a result of tumor expansion. The site was grafted, with excellent results.

Keywords: Benign lesions, central odontogenic fibroma, histopathology, periodontal pathology.