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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [2]Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Simrat Sarai, M.D. [3]

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On head x ray, ameloblastoma is characterized by polycystic, honeycombed mass arising within the alveolar border of the jaw.

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Radiographically, ameloblastoma appears as a lucency in the bone of varying size and features--sometimes it is a single, well-demarcated lesion whereas it often demonstrates as a multiloculated "soap bubble" appearance. Resorption of roots of involved teeth can be seen in some cases, but is not unique to ameloblastoma. The disease is most often found in the posterior body and angle of the mandible, but can occur anywhere in either the maxilla or mandible. Ameloblastoma is often associated with bony-impacted wisdom teeth--one of the many reasons dentists recommend having them extracted. X-ray findings of a polycystic, honeycombed mass arising within the alveolar border of the jaw may suggest the diagnosis of ameloblastoma, but only a biopsy can confirm it.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Image courtesy of Dr. Oliver Hennessy Radiopaedia (original file [1]).[http://radiopaedia.org/licence Creative Commons BY-SA-NC

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