Surgery to remove oral cyst - help

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  1. Guest

    I am having surgery on wednesday to remove what is most likely a benign
    cyst from my lower left gum area. I only noticed anything there when I
    happened to touch my cheek and notice a bump, and then when i put my
    finger in my mouth I realized it felt quite different on one side than
    the other. THe oral surgeon has told me that he is going to remove the
    lump (and get a biopsy on it), and that I will most likely have some
    temporary or permanent lip numbness and need two root canals for the
    affected teeth. I will be under twilight sleep during the surgery.
    The doctor has said it is most likely not cancer, although of course I
    am still worried, since I saw a big black shadow on the xray....I was
    wondering if anyone can help me, I can't seem to find much online about
    this surgery.
    What exactly is going to happen during the surgery?
    What will the recovery be like?
    And what is it like to have permanent lip numbness/tingling?
    , Oct 17, 2006
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  2. wrote:
    First of all, your surgeon has a duty to answer all these quite
    legitimate questions. In fact, one could take the position that it is
    necessary to fulfill the requirements of informed consent.
    I will take a crack at this however. Since you've said there is a
    concern of numbness, I'm thinking this is in the lower premolar area.
    Some cysts are associated with dead nerves, but not always. Cysts are
    also common around impacted teeth, and if you have impacted teeth in
    this area (canine teeth are probably the most common), they are even
    more common. They are usually associated with the crown of the tooth
    and are called dentigerous cysts. There may also be radicular cysts
    associated with the root of a tooth.
    It is true that tumors sometimes arise in these cysts. Most commonly
    they are fairly benign, but care must be exercised in removing all
    remnants of these tumors as there is sometimes a tendency to recur. For
    this reason it is somtimes necessary to remove all possible affected
    bone, which may increase the chances of postoperative numbness.
    Oral surgeons of course are aware of the nerves in the area, and take
    all precautions to keep the chances of permanent nerve damage to a
    minimum. Even if there is some damage to the nerve, it usually recovers
    at least partially, but may take some time.
    Please get more information specific to your case from your surgeon.

    Good luck,

    Mark & Steven Bornfeld DDS
    Brooklyn, NY
    Mark & Steven Bornfeld, Oct 17, 2006
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  3. Guest

    Thank you for your reply.
    I am going to talk to my oral surgeon today, hopefully. I am sure he
    will answer my questions, I was just feeling very anxious and I was
    looking for as much information as possible.

    On Oct 17, 8:31 am, Mark & Steven Bornfeld
    <> wrote:
    , Oct 17, 2006
  4. Bill Guest

    Do you have any means of posting a copy of the xray (most likely a
    panoramic dental film) on the Web?

    - dentaldoc
    Bill, Oct 17, 2006
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