A tumor is defined, in brief, as abnormal growth of tissue; tumoral formations are classified under two main headings, benign and malignant.
The oro-facial region including the jaw bones, maxilla and mandible, is a site for a multitude of neoplastic conditions.
Odontogenic tumors (OTs) constitute a wide range and diverse kind of lesions derived from tooth forming apparatus and its remnants.
OTs originate from epithelium or ectomesenchyme or from both, showing varying degrees of inductive interaction between these embryonic components of the developing tooth germ.
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The majority of these tumors occur intraosseously within the maxillofacial skeleton, while extraosseous odontogenic tumors occur nearly always in the tooth-bearing mucosa.
A Textbook of Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
By Mehmet Cemal Akay, Mert Zeytinoğlu, Birant Şimşek and Işıl Aras