Ameloblastoma sometimes causes pain and swelling in the jaw, but often it causes no signs or symptoms. It may be discovered on a routine dental X-ray.
To gather more information about the tumor and make a diagnosis, doctors may recommend tests and procedures such as:
Mayo Clinic pathologists are known for their expertise in analyzing and diagnosing rare tumors. Pathologists examine biopsy samples to determine what types of cells are involved in the tumor and whether the cells are noncancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant). Your doctor uses this information to put together a treatment plan that's best for you and the most effective option for treating your tumor.