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A conventional surgical approach for removal of an ectopic tooth in the nasal cavity
  1. Mark Gormley1,
  2. Ramanjot Chahal2,
  3. Nicola Gallacher2 and
  4. Christopher Bell1
  1. 1 Department of Oral Surgery, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  2. 2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mark Gormley, mark.gormley{at}


A 40-year-old female patient presented to ears, nose and throat complaining of cacosmia and discharge from the left maxillary sinus. Her CT scan revealed an ectopic supplemental nasal tooth which could not be removed by nasoendoscopy. Therefore, a conventional intraoral surgical approach was taken. In this case, we discuss the indications for conventional surgical removal of teeth from the nasal cavity when a nasoendoscopic approach is not possible. We highlight the potential pitfalls of both conventional and nasoendoscopic approaches, including some essential considerations when treatment planning these cases.

  • dentistry and oral medicine
  • head and neck surgery
  • ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology

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  • Contributors Mainly authored and conceived by MG. Clinical photographs taken by MG. Editing and additions by RC, NG and editing/guidance from CB. CB was the surgeon of the described case, assisted by MG. Written patient consent was signed by MG.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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