Mandibular bone lesions: how to detect and treat them

The mandible is a complex bone that single-handedly forms the skeleton of the lower jaw. This bone plays an important role in chewing, speech and stability of the jaw. And like all bones in the body, the mandible can be susceptible to bone lesions.

Although they sometimes go unnoticed, mandibular bone lesions can be uncomfortable and need to be managed and treated quickly. But how do you detect and treat them? Our implantology and maxillofacial surgeons at Clinique MFML tell you everything you need to know.

3D radiology: a valuable technological breakthrough for detecting and analyzing mandibular bone lesions

Generally detected during routine dental X-rays at the dentist’s office, mandibular bone lesions can also be diagnosed in an oral and maxillofacial surgery clinic using 3D radiology.

This Cone Beam Computed Tomography scan not only helps to plan surgical procedures, but also to evaluate the anatomy and possible lesions of the maxillofacial sphere, such as cysts or tumours.

When a bone lesion is detected in the mandibular region, 3D radiology provides a three-dimensional representation of the mouth, i.e. a three-axis image of the mouth and consequently a more precise diagnosis.

Various suitable treatments for mandibular bone lesions

There are various treatments for mandibular bone lesions. However, a diagnosis is necessary before referral for medical treatment or surgery.

Once the bone lesion is detected during the clinical examination, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon may perform a biopsy to send a sample of the lesion for analysis in an oral pathology laboratory. Treatment options may vary depending on the type of lesion, its level of growth, symptoms and laboratory results.

Sometimes medical therapy or a combination of surgery and therapy may be required to treat a mandibular bone lesion. Note that in some cases, oral surgery may involve the removal of certain teeth, tissue and bone from the nearby jaw to facilitate the operation.

Treating mandibular bone lesions with maxillofacial specialists

In short, mandibular bone lesions must be detected and treated quickly to prevent them from causing significant damage to your body and overall health.

If you think you may have an oral pathology, we invite you to contact us now. At Clinique MFML, our oral and maxillofacial surgery specialists have the expertise to properly treat mandibular bone lesions.

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