Dentigerous cysts are one type of a group of benign central tumors of the jaws arising from the anlagen of the teeth. These tumors are, of course, of epithelial origin and are called the odontomas. They may form from the enamel organ of an unerupted tooth, but the majority have been believed to develop from the paradental rests (cords of Malassez). Included in this group of tumors in addition to dentigerous cysts are the hard odontomas—sharply circumscribed, hard tumors composed chiefly of dentin with a little enamel—and the adamantinomas—soft tumors composed of epithelium growing in masses or cords closely resembling embryonic enamel organs. The hard odontomas and dentigerous cysts grow by direct expansion, and the adamantinomas grow by expansion and infiltration. None of them metastasize.
Dentigerous cysts have been found in the orbit, the hard palate and the upper and lower jaws, and in general they all conform
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