Abnormal Cyst Within The Jaw Anyone?

Well this is just too interesting not to post. Turns out after going to the dentist for a routine cleaning, that I have a spot in the right side of my jaw he wanted looked at. After going to a dental surgeon he concluded that it is a type of cyst in the bone of the jaw that forms when a wisdom tooth doesn't come in but instead forms a growth of tissue in that cavity. So thinking this was what was going on he went ahead with the normal procedure. To numb me up till I'm almost knocked out, cut the gum line cut the jaw bone to the area and then grind (yes grind with a drill...) the cavity out. After the cyst was removed they would then continue to grind the walls of the cavity to fill in the "hole". From there it would fill in and regrow the bone tissue and heal everything back up with time. But of course that wasn't the case with me. While he was working everything was fine until he came to a hollow area. Hollow. No cyst, no tissue, nothing but a string of a nerve running right through the robin egg sized pocket of air in the middle. He was very confused but after looking at it proceeded to just grind the edges to fill it in and took some for studying. In his 30+ years of doing this he has never heard of or seen anything like it. But he says there's not really anything wrong and that it should be fine. Still....now where's that gauze I had...

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n8man8 years ago
I believe this is called evolution at work.
n8man n8man8 years ago
In other words, people losing their wisdom teeth because they are now vestigial organs.
jtzar8 years ago
This is very common called a dentigerous cyst.
See the wikipedia and this link (http://www.zhub.com/pathology/listings/63.html)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dentigerous_Cyst
lemonie jtzar8 years ago
And in 30+ years the dentist has never seen one? I think these people will say anything if they're earning money from it... L
Rockerx (author)  lemonie8 years ago
A lot of money...
jtzar Rockerx8 years ago
I have experience to back me up. I'm a musculoskeletal radiologist, who have encountered these types of bone tumors. Yup, it takes alot of money to learn this kind of stuff :)
Rockerx (author)  jtzar8 years ago
No, I'm talking about getting it done, the surgery, the process. The guy who's doing them usually gets paid quite a bit and therefore how Lemonie said would say about anything.
Rockerx (author)  jtzar8 years ago
Not the way I have it. This was a hollow cavity, no fluid, nothing, just that nerve going through the middle.
jtzar Rockerx8 years ago
Guaranteed, it did contain fluid. Body abhors a vacuum so it can't be air-filled. It did contain additional material such as epithelial cells or fluid. As I noted, the radiographic appearance is very typical of a benign dentigerious cyst, which is very common. Biggest complication from this cyst is a pathological fracture sustained from trauma. The nerve, inferior alveolar, is typically not compromised: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inferior_alveolar_nerve
Rockerx (author)  jtzar8 years ago
Sigh, fine I really dont care at the moment given the stuff they gave me just wore off and now it hurts like..well I'll just say I respect your insistence with this.
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