Jaw Tumors and Cysts
Jaw tumors and cysts may appear as swelling in the jaws, which may be asymptomatic. If present, they may enlarge and can produce an aching sensation and/or swelling in the area. In certain areas, the swelling can apply pressure to nerves that can produce numbness, tingling or other sensations. There are many different types of cysts and tumors that occur in the head and neck.
Depending on the location and type of jaw tumor or jaw cyst, treatment can range from “watchful waiting” to removal. Often this will result in involvement of surgical dental specialists, which may include oral surgeons, periodontists, and endodontists. Frequently a pathologist will be called upon to evaluate tissue samples from removed jaw tumors and cysts, to make a definitive diagnosis about the type, severity, and prognosis following removal.