What are jaw cysts?
A jaw cyst is a cavity in the jaw which fills with fluid or other soft materials being "pushed" into the cavity by the body over time. There are several types of cyst, defined by where in the tissues they appear. Many cysts are painless and are discovered in normal medical X-rays.
What causes jaw cysts?
Natural movement in the jaw area over time, from normal eating and speaking and dental development, can lead to such cavities appearing within the tissues. Most cysts are not life-threatening and can be solved with simple surgery or even heal themselves over time.