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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 66-67

Bilateral dental lamina cyst of a newborn infant

1 Department of Pediatric Dentistry, K.S.D. Jain Dental College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, GNIDSR, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Private Practitioner, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Date of Submission09-Sep-2020
Date of Decision12-Jan-2022
Date of Acceptance15-Jan-2022
Date of Web Publication06-May-2022

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Pooja Singh
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, K.S.D. Jain Dental College and Hospital, Cossipore, Kolkata, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/ijpr.ijpr_34_20

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Dental lamina cyst of infant is a benign lesion of the oral mucosa. Though it is not very rare in occurrence but due to its self limiting nature it is not commonly seen by dentists. This article presents a case of dental lamina cyst in a 2 months- old child.

Keywords: Dental lamina cyst, epulis, natal teeth, ranula

How to cite this article:
Singh P, Jha M, Lohia R. Bilateral dental lamina cyst of a newborn infant. Int J Pedod Rehabil 2021;6:66-7

How to cite this URL:
Singh P, Jha M, Lohia R. Bilateral dental lamina cyst of a newborn infant. Int J Pedod Rehabil [serial online] 2021 [cited 2023 Dec 10];6:66-7. Available from: https://www.ijpedor.org/text.asp?2021/6/2/66/344942

  Introduction Top

Abnormalities in the oral cavity of infants are not uncommon, but most are self-limiting and usually disappear without any treatment. However, the diagnosis and differentiation of these from nontransient ones is important for proper treatment and also the reassurance of anxious parents. Some of the common abnormalities are natal teeth, cleft palate, congenital epulis, and inclusion cyst. Oral inclusion cysts are described as white, raised, multiple nodules of maxillary and mandibular alveolar ridges and midpalate region.[1] Common inclusion cysts are dental lamina cysts, Epstein's pearls, and Bohn's nodules. All neonatal cysts are keratin-filled nodules and these terms were used interchangeably earlier, but now these are differentiated on the basis of location and origin. Fromm in the year 1967 classified oral inclusion cysts depending on their location:

Epstein's pearl – cyst found on midline raphe or near the junction of the hard and soft palate.

Bohn's nodules – located on buccal and lingual areas of the dental ridges.

Dental lamina cysts – located over the alveolar ridge.[2]

The reported prevalence of alveolar cysts in newborns ranges from 25% to 53%[3] while for palatal ones is about 65%.[4] Although the prevalence is high, these cysts are rarely seen by the dentist or pediatrician because they are transient structures that disappear within 2 weeks to 5 months of age. Their transient nature is thought to be due to the fusion of the cyst wall with the oral epithelium and subsequent discharge of the cystic content.[5] Dental lamina cysts of newborn also called gingival cysts of newborns, usually occur in multiples but occasionally can present as a solitary nodule and appear as white or pink small nodules approximately 1 to 3 mm in diameter. It is probable that these lesions originate from remnants of the dental lamina.[6] These are generally asymptomatic and do not produce any discomfort for the infant.

  Case Report Top

A 2-month-old child reported with her/his mother to a private clinic in Kolkata with the chief complaint of small whitish swelling in the oral cavity noted 15 days after birth. The child was born on full term, and medical history was noncontributary. On clinical examination, round fluctuant swelling of 2.5 mm in maximum diameter was found on the alveolar ridge of mandibular arch in 74 and 84 regions [Figure 1] and [Figure 2]. On soft-tissue examination, no abnormality was found at any other site of the oral cavity. Based on clinical examination and characteristic features, a diagnosis of the gingival cyst was made. As reported by the parent, there was no discomfort in feeding. Since this lesion is self-limiting, no treatment was given, and the child was kept on follow-up.
Figure 1: Showing dental lamina cyst.

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Figure 2: Dental lamina cyst.

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Differential diagnosis

Bohn's nodule – Bohn's nodules are mucous gland cysts, frequently located on the buccal or lingual aspects of the alveolar ridges and rarely on the palate, histologically consist of mucous glands and ducts. They are numerous, grayish white, and firm in consistency.[7]

Congenital epulis or congenital granular cell lesions are rare granular cell hamartomas in newborns that most commonly present as smooth masses on the maxillary alveolar process reference 12. However, they often regress spontaneously, but, in few cases, they may be a few centimeters in size causing breathing and feeding difficulties in child, thus necessitating a surgical procedure.[8]

Congenital ranula

Ranulas are usually painless, fluctuant, with a blue translucent color swelling, and slow-growing mass of the floor of the mouth.[9] Congenital ranulas are rare.

Epstein's pearl

Epstein's pearls are predominantly located along the midpalatine raphe and probably derive from residual epithelial cells arising from embryonic palatine processes.[7]

Natal teeth

Natal teeth are teeth present at birth, and “neonatal teeth” are teeth that erupted within the first month of life. They are accompanied by various difficulties, such as pain on suckling and refusal to feed, faced by the mother and the child due to the natal tooth/teeth.[10] They represent early eruption of normal primary teeth and are associated with developmental anomalies and syndromes.

  Discussion Top

Dental lamina cyst of a newborn is a true cyst as it is lined by thin epithelium and has a lumen filled with desquamated keratin, occasionally containing inflammatory cells. These cystic lesions are easily detected by their characteristic clinical appearance in the oral cavity of the infants, so histopathological confirmation is usually not required. No treatment is usually required as these lesions almost invariably disappear by spontaneous regression within 2–4 weeks without any complications. However in some cases, surgery may be required if any discomfort, pain, or bleeding occurs.

  Conclusion Top

Although these cystic lesions can be easily diagnosed on the basis of their clinical presentation, they do not pose any threat to life or affect the quality of life in most cases and no treatment is required as they regress spontaneously, but their knowledge is important for differential diagnosis and assuring the anxious parents.

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  References Top

Hooley JR. The infant's mouth. J Am Dent Assoc 1967;75:95-103.  Back to cited text no. 1
Fromm A. Epstein's pearls, Bohn's nodules and inclusion-cysts of the oral cavity. J Dent Child 1967;34:275-87.  Back to cited text no. 2
Friend GW, Harris EF, Mincer HH, Fong TL, Carruth KR. Oral anomalies in the neonate, by race and gender, in an urban setting. Pediatr Dent 1990;12:157-61.  Back to cited text no. 3
Cataldo E, Berkman MD. Cysts of the oral mucosa in newborns. Am J Dis Child 1968;116:44-8.  Back to cited text no. 4
Burke GW Jr., Feagans WM, Elzay RP, Schwartz LD. Some aspects of the origin and fate of midpalatal cysts in human fetuses. J Dent Res 1966;45:159-64.  Back to cited text no. 5
Marini R, Chipaila N, Monaco A, Vitolo D, Sfasciotti GL. Unusual symptomatic inclusion cysts in a newborn: A case report. J Med Case Rep 2014;8:314.  Back to cited text no. 6
Diaz de Ortiz LE, Mendez MD. Epstein Pearls. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK493177/. [Last updated on 2021 Jul 22].  Back to cited text no. 7
Mabongo M, Wood NH, Lemmer J, Feller L. Congenital epulis: A case report. SADJ 2008;63:350-1.  Back to cited text no. 8
Haberal I, Göçmen H, Samim E. Surgical management of pediatric ranula. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2004;68:161-3.  Back to cited text no. 9
Mhaske S, Yuwanati MB, Mhaske A, Ragavendra R, Kamath K, Saawarn S. Natal and neonatal teeth: An overview of the literature. ISRN Pediatr 2013;2013:956269.  Back to cited text no. 10


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