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Recent Dx with Ameloblastoma: how to evaluate potential oral surgeons?

I was recently diagnosed with ameloblastoma (mid December). How do you even begin to evaluate an oral surgeon for this? I'm trying to get a second opinion, but overwhelmed as to who to pick. Does anybody have experience with the OMS' from UTHSCSA? Does anybody have experience with UTHSCSA? Good / bad outcomes?
EDIT: Most surgeons regularly cut a section of bone out of the jaw and replace it with a bone graft from the hip? Really?

Most surgeons do this routinely, if you not sure just ask for a track record of how many surgeries the dr has done  (+ info)

who is the best physician to see for patients having Ameloblastoma?

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I will go through a delicate operation for ameloblastoma, this involves titanium implants.etc. ?

Can you recommend a doctor who specializes on this, who is known for being good in his field. I am about to lose my bone in my chin so I want this handled by a good doctor. Any idea on how much are titanium plate implants?Thanks. I am from the Philippines, metro manila.

My freind had this done in Santa Barbara, California - there is a top surgeon there.
I don't know his name, but if you search in Santa Barbara registry of docs you can probably find him.  (+ info)

does any1 knw what exactly a ameloblastoma unicystic is?

Ameloblastoma is a rare, benign tumor of odontogenic epithelium (ameloblasts, or outside portion, of the teeth during development) much more commonly appearing in the mandible than the maxilla. While these tumors are rarely malignant or metastatic (that is, they rarely spread to other parts of the body), and progress slowly, the resulting lesions can cause severe abnormalities of the face and jaw. Additionally, because abnormal cell growth easily infiltrates and destroys surrounding bony tissues, wide surgical excision is required to treat this disorder. Further, dentists caution that wide surgical excision is not invasive enough to adequately treat this disorder.  (+ info)

Has anyone else had ameloblastoma?

Just looking for others.

I have an amelo removed 3 years ago and am still having reconstructive treatment  (+ info)

what is ameloblastoma cancer?

check this out ?!  (+ info)

can you dead from Ameloblastoma.?

Normally benign so do not spread to other parts of the body. They can be treated by surgery depending on their site, but surgery needs to be radical to avooid reoccurrence. For a particular condition you need the advice of a specialist.  (+ info)

hings to worry about for bone graft to mandible?

I have a rare disease called ameloblastoma. Treatment will require removing the tumor with wide margins from my left mandible and require a bone graft from another place on my body, probably my left hip. What kinds of things should I be concerned about? Any advice with similar surgeries? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

I had bone taken from my hip before to be used in my jaw. It was over 20 years ago but I do remember it being very painful for several days after surgery. The good news is that it took the focus off the pain in my jaw. Good luck. Maybe, they have better ways to minimize the pain today than back then.  (+ info)

Why some odontogenic tumor non-painful?

Why some odontogenic tumor non-painful?
e.g. ameloblastoma, they are non-painful when the tumor slowly grow and invade the mandible locally.

Some of these tumours are not painful for two reasons:
(1) They are not inflamed or infected, thus not producing that form of pain or
(2) They have invaded, or pressured nerves thus reducing or eliminating pain.
Good luck, because these things are quite rare.  (+ info)

Are there any non-surgical options for dealing with benign jaw bone tumors?

I have a non-painful bone lump on the side of my lower left jaw along the back molars. It appeared within a 6-month period (I didn't notice it until my hygienist pointed it out during my routine cleaning). It is about the size of an olive, but it is not visible (unless you are looking for it in my mouth). A panoramic X-ray was taken, and an oral surgeon that looked at it and at the growth itself said it might be an odontogenic myxoma or an ameloblastoma, in which case surgery might be needed.

My questions:
Are there other possible diagnoses of the lump?
If the lump is a myxoma or ameloblastoma, would it certainly continue to grow, or is there a possibility that it might not?
Are there treatment options for myxomas or ameloblastomas that do not involve surgery?

Any insight at all would be incredibly appreciated! Thank you!

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