Houda Al Moussawi


Houda Al Moussawi
BDS, DESS, MS

Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Lebanese University


Dr. Al Moussawi received her BDS from the Lebanese University in 2010.  Following the specialization in pediatric dentistry, she completed her master in Molecular biology at the Faculty of Sciences, Lebanese University.

She currently teaches at the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Lebanese University. She has participated in many national and international scientific conferences, and maintains a clinical practice in Beirut, Lebanon.


Lecture title: Early Diagnosis and Surgical Management of a Complex Odontoma. A Clinical Case

Lecture abstract: Odontomas are the most common type of odontogenic tumor occurring within the jaws and are frequently associated with retained deciduous teeth, interfering with the eruption of permanent teeth. Complex odontoma consists of a disorganized mass with no morphologic resemblance to a tooth. A clinical report about a 6-year-old girl presenting a typical case of complex odontoma in the maxillary anterior region will be presented. Based on Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) analysis, the odontoma was impacted in a buccal position. Moreover, it had a very close relationship with the germ of the permanent maxillary left central incisor whose eruption pathway was impeded by the structure. The treatment consisted of a surgical removal of the lesion with a minimal invasive technique to preserve the maximum amount of bone tissue. A special attention was given to the assessment of the social, emotional, and psychological status of the pediatric patient prior to surgery. The embedded odontoma was totally extracted without any injury to the adjacent tooth. Follow-up examinations were done after 1 week, 3, 6, and 9 months to control the eruption of the permanent maxillary left central incisor.