Journal of the Korean Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 2011;38(4):421-426.
Published online November 30, 2011.
TREATMENT OF PALATAL ABSCESS OF ODONTOGENIC ORIGIN IN CHILDREN: CASE REPORTS
Jae-Ryang Ryu, Young-Jin Kim, Hyun-Jung Kim, Soon-Hyeun Nam
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University 
Correspondence:  Soon-Hyeun Nam,  Tel: 053-600-7201, Email: dent-ksy@hanmail.net
Received: 7 May 2011   • Accepted: 5 November 2011
Abstract
Most of the intraoral infections origin in odontogenic infection. Odontogenic infection spreads out along the least resistant path. In maxilla, the thickness between periapical area and cortical bone is narrower on the buccal side than the palatal side. So infection usually spreads out along the buccal side rather than the palatal side. The failure of root canal treatment more frequently occurs on the buccal root compared to the palatal root. So the palatal abscess is rarer than the buccal abscess. It is difficult to differential diagnosis palatal abscess from salivary gland tumors, benign neural tumors and cysts on the palate. Therefore, when the palatal swelling is observed in children, you need to prevent the systemic spread of infection by early diagnosis of the odontogenic palatal abscess. In these cases, the patient who complained of the pain in deciduous teeth and the palatal swelling was diagnosed with odontogenic palatal abscess. The patient was treated with extraction and antibiotic medication. The palatal abscess was resolved, and we report after treatments.
Key Words: Palatal abscess, Odontogenic origin, Differential diagnosis


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