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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-40

Peripheral ossifying fibroma: Revisited

Department of Oral Pathology, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka, India

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Sarabnoor Kaur Chawla
Department of Oral Pathology, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/ijohs.ijohs_26_17

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Peripheral ossifying fibroma (POF) is one of the few reactive lesions of the gingiva which are clinically similar in presentation. The lesion occurs over a wide age range with females being affected more often than males. Furthermore, the POF has a propensity to occur in the incisor cuspid area affecting maxilla more than the mandible. POF is known to arise as a focal exophytic mass exclusively on the gingiva commonly appearing to originate from the interdental gingiva and does not commonly involve the underlying bone. Irritation to the gingiva by calculus, plaque, ill-fitting dentures, and hormonal influence has been considered in the etiopathogenesis. The recurrence has been found to be as high as 16% making it important for the clinician to identify the lesion and treat accordingly.

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