|Year : 2014 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 115-117
An unusual case of erupted compound odontoma: What happens when it erupts?
Prasanna Kumar Rao1, Laxmikanth Chatra1, Prashanth Shenai1, KM Veena1, Rachana V Prabhu1, Tashika Kushraj1, Prathima Shetty1, Vishnudas Prabhu2
1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Yenepoya Dental College, Yenepoya University, Mangalore, Karnataka, Egypt
2 Department of Oral Pathology, Yenepoya Dental College, Yenepoya University, Mangalore, Karnataka, Egypt
|Date of Submission||11-Apr-2014|
|Date of Acceptance||09-May-2014|
|Date of Web Publication||29-Oct-2014|
Prasanna Kumar Rao
MD, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Yenepoya Dental College, Yenepoya University, Nithyananda Nagar, Deralakatte, Mangalore - 575 018, Karnataka
Odontomas are benign odontogenic tumors of epithelial and mesenchymal origin. They are considered as hamartomas rather than true neoplasms. They are asymptomatic, slow growing, nonaggressive and are composed of dental tissues. They are commonly associated with tooth eruption disturbances and are discovered on routine radiographic examination. Erupted odontomas are rare entities in the oral cavity. Here, we report an unusual case of erupted odontoma.
Keywords: Benign odontogenic tumor, compound odontoma, hamartoma
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Rao PK, Chatra L, Shenai P, Veena K M, Prabhu RV, Kushraj T, Shetty P, Prabhu V. An unusual case of erupted compound odontoma: What happens when it erupts?. Tanta Med J 2014;42:115-7
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Rao PK, Chatra L, Shenai P, Veena K M, Prabhu RV, Kushraj T, Shetty P, Prabhu V. An unusual case of erupted compound odontoma: What happens when it erupts?. Tanta Med J [serial online] 2014 [cited 2020 Nov 29];42:115-7. Available from: http://www.tdj.eg.net/text.asp?2014/42/3/115/143570
| Introduction|| |
Odontomes are slow-growing hamartomas with unknown etiology . They are benign odontogenic tumors of epithelial and mesenchymal origin . The WHO classified odontomas into four types [Table 1] ,. These odontomas constitute around 22% of all odontogenic tumors of the jaws . Around 10% of all odontogenic tumors of the jaws are compound odontomas. The incidence of compound odontoma is between 9 and 37% and complex odontomas between 5 and 30% .
Erupted odontomas in the oral cavity are extremely rare. Usually, they are associated with tooth eruption disturbances. Since 1980, only 20 cases of erupted odontoma have been reported ,. Here, we describe an unusual case of erupted odontoma in the mandibular anterior region in a 25-year-old female patient.
| Case report|| |
A 25-year-old medically fit female patient reported to the dental clinic with the complaint of the presence of a small hard mass in the mandibular anterior region. The mass was noticed 3 months back. Intraoral examination revealed a small mobile whitish oval-shaped hard structure in a lingual aspect of the mandibular anterior region at the level of the attached gingiva [Figure 1]. An intraoral periapical radiograph showed a well-defined radioopaque mass similar in density to the dental tissue. It was at the level of the middle third of the root surface of the mandibular left second incisor tooth [Figure 2]. On the basis of history and clinical and radiographic examinations, a diagnosis of erupted compound odontoma was made. It was removed under local anesthesia. Histopathological examination showed an organized mass of dental tissues, which confirmed the clinical diagnosis of compound odontoma [Figure 3] and [Figure 4].
| Discussion|| |
The term odontoma was first described by Paul Broca in 1867. He defined the term as a tumor formed by the overgrowth or transitory of complete dental tissue . In 1914, these benign tumors were grouped according to their developmental origin as epithelial, composite and epithelial and mesodermal. Later in 1946, the classification of odontoma was formulated by Thoma and Goldman [Table 2]. Odontoma by definition refers to any tumor of odontogenic origin. Rumel et al. reported a first case of odontoma in 1980 ,,.
The etiology may be local trauma, inflammatory and infectious processes and hereditary anomalies such as Gardner's syndrome and Hermann's syndrome. Odontoblastic hyperactivity and alterations in the genetic components are also responsible for controlling dental development. Persistence of a portion of the lamina plays an important role in formation of complex or compound odontoma .
It is classified as compound and complex types: The compound type is more in the maxillary anterior region and the complex type is more in the mandibular posterior region . Depending on their position within the jaws, they are classified as intraosseous (erupted odontoma), extraosseous or peripheral odontoma ,. Intraosseous odontomas occur inside the bone and may eventually erupt in the oral cavity. Peripheral odontomas arise in the extraosseous soft tissues and have a tendency to exfoliate ,. A new type known as a hybrid odontome has also been reported by some authors . There is no sex prediction and it can occur at any age, but the mean age of occurrence is the second or the third decade of life . The present case consisted of an erupted compound type of odontoma in the mandibular anterior region in a 25-year-old female patient, which is a very rare entity.
Because of the lack of root length and periodontal ligaments, eruption mechanisms of these odontomas are different from that of normal tooth eruptions. Its increasing size over a period of time will lead to resorption of the overlying bone, alveolar bone remodeling in young adults or reactive growth of the surrounding capsule in elderly patients, resulting in occlusal movement or eruption of odontomas .
Usually, odontomas are asymptomatic, slow growing and nonaggressive; exposure of these benign tumors sometimes causes pain, swelling, inflammation of the adjacent soft tissues or infection associated with suppuration, tongue irritation, facial asymmetry, halitosis and malocclusion . In the reported case, the patient was complaining of tongue irritation and pain due to eruption of odontoma on the mandibular lingual aspect.
Radiographically, three developmental stages can be identified. In the first stage, it is radiolucent because of the absence of dental tissue calcification; later, it shows partial calcification in the second or the intermediate stage; and finally, in the third stage, it shows predominant tissue calcification that is fully radioopaque . Advanced radiographic techniques such as high-magnification microradiographs show the finest dentinal tubules in detail. Low-magnification radiography shows structural differences clearly . The present case consisted of a well-defined radioopaque mass that was in the third stage and similar in density to the dental tissue.
The treatment of choice is surgical removal and curettage because of the very low rate of recurrence, followed by histological examination to confirm the diagnosis.
| Conclusion|| |
Odontoma is usually associated with tooth eruption disturbances and is discovered incidentally on routine radiographic examination. A proper clinical and radiographic examination should be performed for patients who have clinical evidence of delayed eruption, missing tooth or erupted malformed tooth with or without a history of trauma to rule out the presence of odontoma. They erupt very rarely in the oral cavity, which is undesirable for the appearance when it erupts labially and causes irritation to the tongue when it erupts in the lingual aspect. Hence, surgical removal followed by histopathological examination is necessary to confirm the diagnosis, and the patient should be on regular follow-up.
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Conflicts of interest
There are no conflicts of interest.
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