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Florid cemento-osseous dysplasia

Other Names for this Disease
  • FCOD
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Your Question

Do you have information on treatment options for florid cemento-osseous dysplasia? I have been diagnosed and it is causing my jaws to expand. How can I find an expert in my area?

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What is florid cemento-osseous dysplasia?

Florid cemento-osseous dysplasia is characterized by lesions in the upper and/or lower jaw that occur when normal bone is replaced with a mix of connective tissue and abnormal bone.[1] It tends to affect middle aged women, particularly women of African American and Asian descent.[1] The lesions often affect both sides of the jaw and are symmetrical. The number, size, and shape of the lesions vary. Occasionally the lesions expand and may cause discomfort, pain, or mild disfigurement. The radiographic appearance of the lesions are important for diagnosis.[1][2]

Last updated: 6/22/2010

What are the signs and symptoms of florid cemento-osseous dysplasia?

Usually florid cemento-osseous dysplasia causes no signs or symptoms and is identified incidentally during a radiograph taken for some other purpose.[2] Occasionally however, the lesions expand causing discomfort, pain, and/or mild disfigurement.[2]
Last updated: 6/22/2010

How might florid cemento-osseous dysplasia be treated?

In many cases florid cemento-osseous dysplasia does not require treatment, however careful follow-up may be warranted.[2] When the condition causes discomfort, pain, or disfigurement, the treatment plan is tailored to the patient. The following article describes the treatment of florid cemento-osseous dysplasia in one patient. We recommend that you speak with your dentist to learn more about your treatment options and for referrals to local specialists.

Minhas G, Hodge T, Gill DS. Orthodontic treatment and cemento-osseous dysplasia: a case report. J Orthod. 2008 Jun;35(2):90-5.

You can also use the following tools to help you find specialists in your area.

The Academy of General Dentistry has a tool for finding member dentists in your area.

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons offers the following tool for finding member oral and maxillofacial surgeons in your area.

Sometimes with more rare diseases, it can be helpful to have an evaluation with a specialist at a major university hospital or academic medical center. Such facilities often have access to up-to-date testing and technology, a large group of health care providers and specialists to consult with, and research opportunities.
Last updated: 3/17/2010