What is a Cyst?
A cyst in soft tissue may appear as a small, painless bump. It is often less than 1 inch across. A cyst can be under the skin of the inner lower lip, inner cheek or gums. It usually does not cause pain unless it becomes infected.
A small odontogenic jaw cyst may be painless. You might not notice it. But it can be seen on an X-ray as a dark area in the bone. When an odontogenic cyst becomes large and infected, it may be painful. It also can cause the jawbone to bulge, and teeth to move.
A cyst can form in any part of the jaw and it can quickly expand, damaging a lot of jaw bone in the process. Cyst can form for a variety of reasons and it is a closed sac and it may contain air, fluids, or semi-solid material. A collection of pus is called an abscess. Once formed, a cyst may have to be remove.
The treatment may not be appropriate for every patient and it is conditional on the satisfactory assessment being carried out. Dentist must assess the patient, obtain appropriate consent, obtain a medical history and explain all the options before carrying out any work.
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