Peripheral ossifying fibroma

J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2009 Jan-Mar;27(1):49-51. doi: 10.4103/0970-4388.50818.


The peripheral ossifying fibroma (POF) is a reactive gingival overgrowth occurring frequently in the anterior maxilla in teenagers and young adults. The pediatric patient with a POF has special management considerations compared to the adult, as it requires early recognition and treatment by the dentist. It requires proper treatment protocol with close postoperative follow-up. The present report describes a case of POF in a girl, which was surgically excised from the palatal mucosa in the maxillary incisor area. Some features of the differential diagnosis and therapy when it occurs are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Fibroma, Ossifying / pathology*
  • Fibroma, Ossifying / surgery
  • Gingival Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Gingival Neoplasms / surgery
  • Humans