What causes ameloblastoma?

Ameloblastoma occurs when the cells that form the protective enamel on your teeth (ameloblasts) grow in excess. The reason for this abnormal growth is not well understood. Some speculate that injury to the mouth or jaw, or lack of protein or minerals in the diet may lead to the growth and development of these tumors. In some cases, they appear to be associated with an impacted tooth.

Last updated on 05-01-20

How might ameloblastoma be treated?

The preferred treatment for ameloblastoma is surgical removal of the affected tissue. In an effort to prevent recurrence, a wide margin of healthy tissue should be removed from the area surrounding the tumor. If the tumor does return, surgery can be performed again.

Ameloblastoma rarely becomes malignant. If malignant spread of the tumor occurs, radiation may be recommended. Malignancy is more common in cases that reoccur after surgery.

Singh et al. have developed a Treatment Algorithm for Ameloblastoma, which you may find of interest.

Last updated on 05-01-20

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