Facial cellulitis secondary to dens invaginatus: a case report

J Can Dent Assoc. 2010;76:a114.


We describe a case of dens invaginatus in an unerupted permanent maxillary lateral incisor, which led to facial cellulitis in a 10-year-old girl. We review the importance of recognizing dens invaginatus and present strategies for preventing loss of vitality in the affected tooth.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bicuspid / abnormalities*
  • Cellulitis / etiology*
  • Child
  • Clindamycin / therapeutic use
  • Dens in Dente / complications*
  • Face*
  • Female
  • Focal Infection, Dental / complications*
  • Focal Infection, Dental / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Incisor / pathology
  • Maxilla


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Clindamycin