Osteopetroses can be categorized based on whether sclerosis or defective skeletal modeling predominates. There are a number of different types, including
They are all familial but have different inheritance patterns. Some types are comparatively benign; others are progressive and fatal.
Bony overgrowth sometimes severely distorts the face. Malocclusion of the teeth Treatment Malocclusion is abnormal contact between the maxillary and mandibular teeth. (See also Evaluation of the Dental Patient.) This photo shows misalignment between upper and lower teeth as the jaw... read more may require specialized orthodontic measures. Plain x-rays typically are diagnostic.
Surgical decompression may be required to relieve elevated intracranial pressure or to release a trapped facial or auditory nerve.