Odontogenic Tumors

What are odontogenic tumors?      

Odontogenic tumors are any kind of abnormal growth in and around the jaw and teeth.

  • Many of these tumors are considered to be benign.
  • In unusual cases, odontogenic tumors are malignant, meaning they are likely to spread.

There are several types of odontogenic tumors:

  • Epithelial: These tumors consist of abnormal cells in the cells lining the tissue of the mouth and jaw. They grow slowly, but persistently. They rarely spread to other areas of the body.
  • Mesenchymal: These benign, slow-growing tumors usually infiltrate the bone. The soft, pulpy nature of these tumors can make them difficult to remove.
  • Mixed: These tumors consist of several types of cells, often come back after surgical removal, and transform into fast-growing, invasive tumors.

The most common, called an odontoma, is typically occurs before age 20 and can prevent new teeth from developing in children.

How we care for odontogenic tumors

Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center specialists are known for treating children with the most complex cases as well as for their expertise in delivering specialized treatments. They can also integrate care from other pediatric subspecialties at Boston Children's into your child's treatment plan as required.