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Abnormal Cyst Within The Jaw Anyone? Answered

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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n8man (author)2009-05-13

I believe this is called evolution at work.

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n8man (author)n8man2009-05-13

In other words, people losing their wisdom teeth because they are now vestigial organs.

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jtzar (author)2009-05-13

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

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lemonie (author)jtzar2009-05-13

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

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jtzar (author)Rockerx2009-05-13

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 :)

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Rockerx (author)jtzar2009-05-13

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.

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Rockerx (author)jtzar2009-05-13

Not the way I have it. This was a hollow cavity, no fluid, nothing, just that nerve going through the middle.

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jtzar (author)Rockerx2009-05-13

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

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Rockerx (author)jtzar2009-05-13

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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NachoMahma (author)jtzar2009-05-13

. Welcome to Ibles! . Are you a Dentist/Assistant or just really good with Google/Wikipedia? . Or good at making stuff up? I recognize most of the words, but have no idea if you put them together properly. Alveolar sounds like it should have something to do with lungs or breasts to me. LOL

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Lithium Rain (author)NachoMahma2009-05-13

It appears legit. From the illustrations from Gray's Anatomy, and the wiki article, he seems to be correct.
But what do I know? ;)

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caitlinsdad (author)2009-05-13

It goes to show you that even with advanced technology like x-rays, CAT scans, MRI, sometimes what they see is only as good as the person interpreting the pictures. You're lucky your dentist was a professional and did not freak out with his surprise discovery.

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Rockerx (author)caitlinsdad2009-05-13

Yeah, really. During the whole thing I could see and hear but I remember that about half way through it he just leaned back and went "huh" then started to talk to the assistants. I was pretty messed up on all the numbing stuff so I don't remember after that. Still, it's interesting though

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caitlinsdad (author)Rockerx2009-05-13

So...anything else missing...?

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Rockerx (author)caitlinsdad2009-05-13

I hope not, well then again I don't have Uvula (the thingy in the back of your throat) thanks to my shaky-hand surgeon...He scared me. Apparently I don't need it though and yes I can still gag

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