Florid cemento-osseous dysplasia
Your QuestionDo 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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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. It tends to affect middle aged women, particularly women of African American and Asian descent. 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.
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.
- Singer SR, Mupparapu M, Rinaggio J. J Am Dent Assoc. 2005 Jul; http://jada.ada.org/cgi/content/full/136/7/927. Accessed 3/17/2010.
- Minhas G, Hodge T, Gill DS. J Orthod. 2008 Jun; http://jorthod.maneyjournals.org/cgi/content/full/35/2/90. Accessed 3/17/2010.