The epidemiology and management of odontomas: a European multicenter study

Paolo Boffano, Francesco Cavarra, Matteo Brucoli, Muhammad Ruslin, Tymour Forouzanfar, Angela Ridwan-Pramana, Tanía Rodríguez-Santamarta, Juan Carlos de Vicente, Thomas Starch-Jensen, Petia Pechalova, Nikolai Pavlov, Iva Doykova, Vitomir S. Konstantinovic, Zoran Jezdić, Aude Barrabé, Aurélien Louvrier, Christophe Meyer, Snäll Johanna, Jaana Hagström, Tadej DovšakAnže Birk, Vincenzo Rocchetti

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Introduction: Odontoma is the most commonly diagnosed odontogenic tumor of the oral cavity. The objective of the present study was to assess the demographic variables, patterns, diagnostic features, and management issues of odontomas treated at several European departments of maxillofacial and oral surgery. Materials and methods: This study was conducted at 8 European departments of oral surgery between January 1, 2004, and December 31, 2018. Only patients with odontomas were included. The following data were recorded for each patient: gender, age, comorbidities, site, size of odontomas, radiographic features, type of odontoma, treatment of odontomas, treatment of associated teeth, complications, and recurrence. Results: A total of 127 patients (70 male and 57 female patients) with odontomas were included. The mean age was 22 years; 71 odontomas were found in the mandible, whereas 56 in the maxilla. In the mandible, the most frequently involved subsite was the parasymphysis, while in the maxilla, the most common subsite was the upper incisor region. The mean size of included odontomas was 15.3 mm. On the whole, 62 complex odontomas, 50 compound odontomas, and 15 mixed-type odontomas were observed. Complete excision of the odontomas was performed in 121 patients. In 24 patients, the extraction of deciduous teeth was performed, and in 43 patients, one or more permanent teeth were removed. Finally, in 9 patients, a partial excision of the odontoma was performed. Recurrence was observed in 4 cases out of 127 patients. Conclusions: Dental practitioners should be aware of the distinct clinical and radiographic features of odontoma in order to perform an appropriate and early diagnosis. Conventional radiography, such as panoramic radiograph, is often sufficient technique for a diagnosis after clinical suspicion or for an incidental diagnosis to prevent later complications, such as impaction or failure of eruption of teeth.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Early online date2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2022


  • Diagnosis
  • Epidemiology
  • Odontogenic tumor
  • Odontoma complex
  • Odontoma compound

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