Fibrous epulis with ossification: a case report and review of the literature

Edition v31n3  |  Year 2021  |  Category: Case Report  |  Page 73 to 81


Rayner Goh, Andrew Tawse-Smith, Imogen Pearl Reid, Haizal Mohd Hussaini, Benedict Seo


INTRODUCTION: Fibrous epulis with ossifi cation is a type of gingival overgrowth that is occasionally encountered by dental practitioners. It should be managed carefully, with deep understanding of its exacerbating factors, to reduce the risk of gingival recession and recurrence. OBJECTIVE: To report the characteristics and management of a clinical case of fi brous epulis with ossifi cation, in the anterior maxillary region on a young female patient, and present a review of the literature. CASE REPORT: A 14-year-old healthy female patient was referred by her general dentist to the Periodontology clinic at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, for the treatment of a lesion on the buccal gingiva of her right maxillary lateral incisor. Th e lesion initially presented as an asymptomatic non-healing ulcer, which progressed into a pedunculated swelling over a time frame of eight weeks. Th e management of this lesion involved excisional biopsy using surgical scalpel and diode laser, followed by a strict follow-up protocol and oral hygiene reinforcement. CONCLUSION: Review of this patient showed uneventful healing, with minimal gingival recession and no signs of recurrence. Report from histology found that the lesion was consistent with fi brous epulis with ossifi cation. Th is case highlights on the importance of reviewing ulcerative lesions to ensure complete resolution or facilitate appropriate timely referral.


Fibroma, ossifying. Gingival diseases. Periodontal diseases.

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Goh R, Tawse-Smith A, Reid IP, Hussani HM, Seo B. Fibrous epulis with ossification: a case report and review of the literature. Braz J Periodontol. 2021 Sept-Dec;31(3):73-81.

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