Your treatment team also considers your treatment goals and your personal preferences when making a treatment recommendation.
Treatment of jaw tumors and cysts generally involves surgical care. In some cases, treatment may be medical therapy or a combination of surgery and medical therapy.
During surgery, your doctor removes your jaw tumor or cyst, which may include removing nearby teeth, tissue and jawbone, and sends it to the lab for examination. A pathologist examines the removed tissue and reports a diagnosis during the procedure so that the surgeon can act on this information immediately.
Other treatments may include:
Reconstruction of the jawbone or other structures
Medical therapy for certain types of jaw tumors and cysts
Supportive care to help maintain your quality of life, including assisting with nutrition, speech and swallowing, and replacements for missing teeth
Lifelong follow-up exams after treatment can address any recurrence of jaw tumors and cysts early.