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Dental Cyst Related Questions

Do you have a dental cyst and would like to know what treatments are available? Were you diagnosed with a dental cyst and now you are curious as to what caused it? Dental cyst can become problematic if left untreated. If you have questions that need clarification about these types of cysts, consult verified Experts for accurate answers. Read below where Experts have answered questions regarding dental cysts.

What is a dental cyst?

The most common odontogenic cyst is a dental cyst. It is caused by pulpal necrosis, cavities, or trauma. Dental cyst symptoms are typically non-existent unless a secondary infection is present that may cause pain. In most cases this kind of cyst can be found at the root apices of teeth that are involved. Even when the afflicting tooth is removed the cyst may still be present.

What happens if a recommendation for dental cyst treatment is ignored?

Generally, the decision of treatment is based on a biopsies histological diagnosis. Even if removed, a dental cyst can come back. Dental cysts such as odontogenic keratocyst or ameloblastoma will require aggressive removal for them not to return. These dental cysts can grow fast and cause damage to the jaw. The can also cause fractures. If treatment was recommended an individual is free to either get a second opinion or fulfill the suggested treatment with hopes of maintaining good dental health.

How long after a dental cyst removal should antibiotics be used?

Cysts are not infections. If the lesion that was removed was conclusively identified as a cyst then antibiotics would not generally be appropriate. Antibiotics may only be necessary if there was another medical condition such as diabetes, endocarditis, underlying infection, etc that would require it. The prescribing doctor should be contacted to find out the proper dosing of the antibiotic.

Can a wait and watch approach be taken with dental cysts?

Dental cysts are a result of an underlying infection or a sign of a serious pathology in the jaw. If it is caused by an infection from a tooth then a root canal would be need for the infection to be eradicated. If it goes untreated the infection can spread to the jaw. Other cysts that are more serious may need to be removed via surgery. A wait and watch approach is not recommended as the cyst can cause damage. If a dental x-ray played a part in diagnosis then it is likely the cyst is present and will not go away on its own.

What could cause increased sensitivity and pain in the adjoining tooth after dental cyst surgery?

It is possible that a new problem has emerged with the adjoining tooth. The exact cause of pain would need to be diagnosed in order to truly determine if it is the adjoining tooth causing the pain. With large cysts that encompass the root tips it may be difficult to remove it without devitalization of the adjoining tooth. This may be due to injury to the blood vessels that provide nutrients to that tooth.

If an individual has dental cysts on unerupted wisdom teeth, how typical is it for them to rupture and what are the signs?

The danger from cysts does not come from when they will rupture but what damage their expansion may do to the adjoining teeth and jaw. Cysts can enlarge to the extent that the jaw becomes weakened and may possibly fracture. Cysts may typically grow at a slow rate but with teeth that are impacted such as the wisdom teeth, it is preferable to remove them and the cyst that are associated with them to prevent complications to surrounding teeth and jaw.

Having the right kind of information about dental cysts can be helpful when you are faced with prevention, detection, or treatment of these cysts. You may find that you have additional questions that require quick clear answers. If you find yourself in need of answers, contact verified Experts to give you clarity.

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