Overview

Jaw tumors and cysts are relatively rare lesions that develop in the jawbone or the soft tissues in the mouth and face. Jaw tumors and cysts, sometimes called odontogenic tumors and cysts, can vary greatly in size and severity and the cause is not known. These lesions are usually noncancerous (benign), but they can be aggressive and invade the surrounding bone and tissue.

Treatment of jaw tumors and cysts generally involves surgical care but may include medical therapy for certain types.

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