is a hamartoma
) of odontogenic
origin. The average age of people found with odontoma is 14, and the condition is frequently associated with an unerupted tooth
There are three types. Simple, compound, and complex.
- The simple can also be classified as a supernumerary tooth, having all the structures, and usually sharing some morphology with teeth in general - separate dentin, enamel, and pulpal structures.
- A compound odontoma still has these three separate entities, however may present a lobulated appearance where there is no definitive demarcation of separate tissues between the individual "toothlets".
- The complex type is unrecognizable as dental tissues, usually presenting as a radioopaque area with varying densities.
- Kahn, Michael A. Basic Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Volume 1. 2001.
Ira J Cohen, DDS