Ameloblastoma in a Glance
Ameloblastoma, formerly known as Adamantinoma is a medical disorder of the jaw which may sometimes affect the tissues of the sinus, nose and eye sockets.
Though a noncancerous dental tumor, Ameloblastoma can be very aggressive and could cause serious damage.
Here are 10 basic things you should know about this condition.
- This noncancerous tumor was first recognised by Cusak in 1827 and later named Ameloblastoma in 1930 by Ivey and Churchill.
- Ameloblastoma is common among people between the age of 20-40 years
- Children hardly have this disorder.
- Ameloblastoma has a gradual growth with no initial symptoms and rarely spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body.
- Unicystic Ameloblastoma, Multicystic Ameloblastoma, Peripheral Ameloblastoma and Malignant Ameloblastoma are the four types of Ameloblastoma.
- Some of the later signs and symptoms of Ameloblastoma are painless facial swelling, distorted face, periodontal disease, difficulty breathing, disorganised and loosed dentition, and difficulty chewing.
- Ameloblastoma is curable and the only certified cure is radical surgical resection. This involves surgically removing the full extent of the tumour and the surrounding tissues.
- A 10-year after-surgery medical checkup is necessary because Ameloblastoma has a high recurrence rate. It may recur years following surgery.
- It is associated with the formation of the teeth
10. If left untreated, Ameloblastoma could block the oral and nasal orifice and make breathing entirely difficult.
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