Maxillofacial Surgery for Cysts in the Mouth and Jaw
Jaw Cyst Removal in Caldwell & Florham Park, NJ
What is a jaw cyst?
A jaw cyst is a small sac of tissue that typically contains fluid or soft tissue and is located near your teeth. Also known as dental cysts, these small growths can become infected, painful, and inflamed.
What causes cysts in the mouth and jaw?
Dental cysts are often caused by dead tissue or bone in the jaw, improperly formed teeth, or a genetic condition.
Symptoms of a Jaw Cyst
Pain and swelling are the most common symptoms of jaw cysts, and more serious cases can lead to bone deterioration and place pressure on adjacent teeth, leading to misalignment of teeth and changes in overall bite patterns. Jaw cysts can also go undetected and be asymptomatic for years and cause no major issues for patients. Pain is often a late symptom of the lesion.
How can I prevent getting a jaw cyst?
The best way to prevent dental cysts from forming near your teeth is to maintain good dental hygiene and follow up routinely with your general dentist twice a year. Rarely do we see cysts next to healthy, living teeth.
Why remove a jaw cyst?
Jaw cysts are more frequently found near the roots of dead teeth during dental appointment checkups, appearing as dark spots or holes in x-rays. If a cyst becomes infected or interferes with the growth or development of your teeth, we advise its removal. When we discover a cyst, we examine it for any signs of cancer. Additionally, the removal of a cyst can help prevent the formation of new cysts in that same general area.
Have more questions?
If you are unsure about a possible change in your oral health or have questions about a jaw cyst, call us today to schedule a consultation. Our oral surgeons would be happy to walk through next steps with you.