Simple Bone Cyst
Although many different lesions affect older individuals, between ages 40 to 60, there are many that can also affect younger individuals, showing up in the late teens, or earlier. This case is a perfect example of why at My Family Dentist we take panoramic radiograph at age 6, 12, 18, and then every 5-6 years after that. This case is of a teenager who came in for her first evaluation at My Family Dentist. A large radiolucency (dark area) showed up on the panoramic radiograph. To confirm this was not an artifact on the radiograph, a more detailed closeup radiograph was taken of the area. The closeup radiograph confirmed the presence of the radiolucency. Due to the severity of what some of the possible conditions could be that would cause this, the patient was sent to see an Oral surgeon to have the cyst removed. One of the concerns with the cyst not being caught sooner was that its large size and removal could result in the loss of all the front teeth in contact with the cyst. In this case, the cyst ended up being what is termed a Simple Bone Cyst which is a hollow void in the bone. Once the cyst lining is cleaned out, the area generally heals normally. So far healing has progressed nicely, and the teeth have responded well to treatment.