The high degree of vascularity can be seen in the bright red appearance of
this pyogenic granuloma. Ease of bleeding is characteristic. Irritation can be
a cause. Removal of the lesion is necessary, but the causative factor must
also be identified and removed.
Figure 2-4. Pyogenic granuloma.
An odontoma is a benign odontogenic tumor of mixed tissue origin that is located
within the facial bones. An odontoma is usually diagnosed from a radiograph.
Odontomas appear as either irregular masses of calcified material or as numerous
a. Compound Odontomas. Compound odontomas (figure 2-5) have a
similarity to normal teeth and are generally found in the anterior arch (canine and incisor
b. Complex Odontomas. Complex odontomas (figure 2-6) are irregular
masses and are generally found in the posterior dental arch (premolar and molar teeth).