My excuse, if any is necessary, for reporting these cases at this time is: first, their rarity; second, the fact that they are occasionally mistaken for malignant growths, and consequently large sections of jaws are removed, when, had correct diagnosis been made, no such unnecessary maiming and disfiguration would have resulted; and, third, my desire to add to those previously reported by others six exceptionally interesting specimens of odontomes of the composite variety and to record them where they may be easily accessible to medical men interested in this group of tumors. The first and second of these specimens were reported in the proceedings of the National Dental Association in 1902.
Odontomes are rare in man. They are more frequently found in the jaws of the horse and other animals, but when both those found in man and those found in animals are considered, the number is relatively small. Composite
GILMER TL. A REPORT OF SIX CASES OF COMPOSITE ODONTOMES. JAMA. 1911;LVI(3):165–169. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560030001001