People of almost any age can get an odontogenic keratocyst.
Odontogenic keratocysts are more common in males than females.
It seems that odontogenic keratocysts come back for one of two reasons: 1 – The original odontogenic keratocyst wasn’t completely removed, and fragments that were left behind have started growing again to create a new odontogenic keratocyst.
2 – An entirely new odontogenic keratocyst has developed.
Odontogenic keratocysts grow inside your jaw bone, so you can’t see them.
An odontogenic keratocyst can be detected by routine dental x-rays.Another thing that affects the likelihood of recurrence is whether or not the cyst is removed in one whole piece.If the cyst can be removed in one piece, with the lining of the cyst in tact, there is a much lower chance of recurrence.On the other hand, if your surgeon has to remove the odontogenic keratocyst in several pieces, it is more likely to recur.This article was on a more technical subject in dentistry.Smaller odontogenic keratocysts usually don’t have any symptoms associated with them and are only discovered by taking routine x-rays.This is why it is important to have periodic x-rays taken at your dental checkup. If an odontogenic keratocyst goes undetected and gets big it may burst, leaking keratin into the surrounding area in your jaw and causing lots of pain and swelling.For your viewing pleasure, here’s a photo of what an odontogenic keratocyst looks like at the cellular level — Thanks to Nephron for the photo.If you’re in the mood to see a picture of an odontogenic keratocyst after it has been cut out of someone’s jaw as well as the tooth, take a look at this case report and scroll down to the images.It has been reported that 60-80% of odontogenic keratocysts occur in the lower jaw.Approximately 1/3 of the time, odontogenic keratocysts are found in the upper jaw in the wisdom tooth area or the canine area.