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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 87-91

Deceptive periodontal pocket diagnosed later as odontogenic keratocyst

1 Department of Periodontology, Subharti Dental College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Subharti Dental College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Endodontics, PDM Dental College, Bahadurgarh, Haryana, India
4 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Sardar Patel Dental College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Jaisika Rajpal
Department of Periodontology, Subharti Dental College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2229-5194.173227

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A visual assessment of the periodontal tissues may be misleading. A periodontal pocket is the most important clinical feature of periodontal diseases. However, even the most reliable probing can be misleading at times and only X-rays of the area allow us to assess the exact clinical situation. This paper presents a report wherein the deceptive periodontal pocket later lead to the diagnosis of an odontogenic keratocyst.
This case holds an important relevance to interdisciplinary dentistry as such cases are often reported by dental practitioners wherein, the patients chief complaint is very different from the clinical picture actually observed by the dentist. In this case a mere reporting of periodontal pocket would have led to mistreatment with curettage, whereas the actual treatment needed was enucleation.

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