1911 Journal of the American Medical Association  
these cases reported as possible that we may become more familiar with them. I will ans ver by saying that in all of my cases there was inflammation and pain of greater or less degree in the area involved. The soft tissues overlying have not had the appear¬ ance of those overlying necrosed bone. They are more like those accompanying chronic alveolar abscess. There is no great thickening, or hardening of the soft parts. One patient came for two reasons-first, cosmetic considerations; the face
more » ... ations; the face was distended in the side affected, and second, the teeth whose roots had been absorbed were loose, and there was more or less discomfort, pain and discharge of pus. I have not found lymphatic involvement. No great amount of pus is absorbed, therefore the lymphatics are not appreciably enlarged. As to loss of function. I suppose Dr. Power had reference to loss of function of the jaw. The diseased area is more localized, with much less inflammation than is found accompanying severe, acute alveolar abscesses or with impacted third molars. In none of my cases was there trismus. Sensation of the teeth or surrounding parts has not been destroyed. I have never seen a case prior to the inflammatory stage. The jaw was enlarged. Mention has been made of the slide showing what I denominated a tumor on the tooth root, in differentia¬ tion between it and an odontoma. It seems to me that an odontoma is a tumor made up of tooth substance or small teeth indiscriminately placed, while this specimen is clearly a tumor on the root of the tooth, or we might call it a malformed tooth. It appears to me as though there had been extrusion of a part of the tooth during development.
doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560030005002 fatcat:7vxobv4yqjgovh5c5waqyxlhue