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.

Types of odontogenic tumors

There are several types of odontogenic tumors. Epithelial are tumors that consist of abnormal cells in the cells lining the tissue of the mouth and jaw. these grow slowly, but persistently and rarely spread to other areas of the body.

Mesenchymal are benign, slow-growing tumors usually infiltrate the bone. The soft, pulpy nature of these tumors can make them difficult to remove.

The most common type (odontoma) is typically occurs before age 20 and can prevent new teeth from developing in children. Mixed tumors may also occur and consist of several types of cells, often come back after surgical removal, and transform into fast-growing, invasive tumors. 

How we care for odontogenic tumors

Specialists within the Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and the Cleft and Craniofacial Center 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 Hospital into your child's treatment plan as required.