- Jun 23, 2020
5 months ago I had an ameloblastoma (odontogenic keratocyst) removed from my lower gum (early 40's). It was at the back of the jaw right underneath my last molar (a healthy tooth). During removal the same molar and unerupted wisdom tooth were extracted. Bone graft was necessary because supposedly bone was lost due to the size of the cyst. Recovery very slow and difficult. Until a month ago still had noticeable lump on the side of the gum with some discharge ( from opening mentioned below) and slight tenderness. At present time all appears to be calm, lump has decreased in size. I can still feel my lymph node on that side if that makes any difference. However what seems to be the spot where my wisdom tooth was extracted is still open when my surgeon goes in with the curved syringe, it goes deep. Otherwise appears closed when looking at it with a mirror but one can clearly see where the opening would be. MY QUESTION is, is this normal in my case after 5 months? Surgeon has been telling me that I need another surgery to close the hole. I don't want to go through this again. And I surely don't want to be paying for another surgery especially if it is not necessary. I am looking for opinion by professionals on whether or not this condition is normal in this situation and if perhaps could take more than 5 months for the hole to close up. Should I be concerned and is it possible for a hole like this one to close on its own eventually? Thank you!