Detecting Nasopalatine Duct Cysts

By Morgan Lemus, RDA, AS, Leciel Bono, RDH-ER, MS and JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD, AFAAOM

The nasopalatine duct cyst (NPDC), also known as the incisive canal cyst, is the most common nonodontogenic cyst of the oral cavity. First described by Meyer in 1914,2 these developmental cysts typically occur in the midline of the anterior maxilla near the incisive foramen. While the presentation may appear to be characteristic, other benign conditions can mimic the NPDC. An overview of the NPDC will allow oral health professionals to become familiar with the characteristics of this cyst.

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