Maxillofacial Surgery for Cysts in the Mouth and Jaw
If you have been diagnosed with cysts in your mouth or the jaw, it can be tough to figure out what you should do next. If you are weighing your options, call BelViso today to schedule a consultation, and we can review your case and work through all of the potential options with you.
We have also found that a number of our patients benefit from having some background knowledge before they ever step into the office.
What are Cysts?
Cysts are small sacs of tissue that contain either fluid or some soft tissue inside. There are a number of reasons that cysts can form, and they often form in a variety of different places in the body. However, cysts that form near your teeth, such as in the mouth of the jaw are called dental cysts. While cysts can form for a variety of reasons, they are often slow-growing. While cysts are often sterile, they can also become infected and cause pain or inflammation.
Causes of a Dental Cyst
Cysts can form for a variety of different reasons. They can form in association to dead tissue or bone in the jaw, improperly formed teeth, or a genetic condition. Fortunately, at BelViso, we have the expertise to understand the issues associated with your condition to help get you the answers and treatment plan that are the best fit for you.
Problems Associated with Dental Cysts
Dental cysts can often go undetected for months or years, and they may never cause major issues for the patients. However, in other cases, they can become infected and cause pain or swelling. They can also replace some of the bony tissue and reduce bone density or place pressure on the surrounding teeth. This pressure can also cause a misalignment in the teeth and cause changes in your overall bite pattern.
How to Avoid Getting a Cyst
Dental cysts rarely form next to teeth that are healthy and live. Cysts are more frequently associated with the roots of dead teeth. This means that ensuring you practice good dental hygiene can help reduce the chances of getting a cyst.
Many other cysts are only discovered during a dental appointment. Cysts that form near the roots of the teeth are often only discovered during a checkup when they are visible on the x-rays. They often show up as dark spots or holes in the image.
Removing a Cyst
The removal of a cyst can vary widely from patient to patient depending on the location and severity of the tissue. Before removal, it is important that your surgeon study it to understand the type, size, and location of the cyst and surrounding tissue so that there are no surprises during your procedure.
Cyst removal will change based on these factors, but generally, the area will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Then the surgeon will need to make a small incision to access the underlying tissue. The cyst is then scooped out, and the healthy tissue is left intact. The incision site will then be cleaned and sutured to prevent any additional infection.
Reasons to Remove a Cyst
While cysts may often not be bothering you or growing, there are a number of factors that may increase the importance of removing a cyst. Infected cysts or cysts that are interfering with the growth and development of your teeth should be removed. Additionally, many cysts need to be inspected to ensure that there is no cancerous growth associated with the site. Once a cyst is removed, it can also help to prevent new cysts from forming in the same general area.
If you have, or think that you may have a cyst, contact BelViso Oral & Facial Surgery today and let our expert staff explain how we can help you.