I work as a dental assistant and am happy to share my personal experience with an unusual dental condition.


On 2/12/07 I noticed that the roof of my mouth was tender. As I pressed on this tender spot just behind my front teeth, it popped and expressed some yellow/ green pus. I immediately came into my office and had x-rays taken of my front teeth and surrounding area. Vitality testing of the teeth proved them to be still vital. But the x-rays showed a large (size of a peanut) dark area between my front teeth. My dentist suggested that it could either be a maxillary palatal cyst or an infected secondary canal on tooth #8. He prescribed antibiotics and suggested that I go see an endodontist for a second opinion.


On 2/21/07 the endodontist took my history and examined the area. He tapped and wiggled my teeth but there was no sign of pain or mobility. He referred to my x-rays taken on 2/12/07 and then pulled out a reference book. He said that everything pointed to the diagnosis of a maxillary palatal cyst, which is apparently quite rare. Lucky me. He explained that bacteria somehow get lodged in little ducts in the palate and grow, and that I needed to see an oral surgeon to have it removed. Otherwise it would keep growing and continue to get infected. I left his office devastated. I think it was more scary for me because I knew what instruments were going to be used and the skill that it takes to remove the cyst.


Later that week, I visited Dr. Schwartz. Needless to say I was still really upset and stressed about the situation. He said that the surgery is always an option, but that a trial of specialized adjustments would be a good way to start. He explained the process to me and said that it may take several visits. I felt encouraged and ready to begin.


It wasnít long after we began that the area began to feel normal, but I waited until 5/30/07 to have a repeat x-ray taken of my front teeth area. I showed it to my dentist and the look on his face said it all. As he stared at the x-ray he exclaimed, ďWow, all the infection is gone and itís healed completelyĒ. I just smiled. My dentist is really conservative so itís hard to talk with him about what happens with this type of healing. And thatís fine. I also find it hard to understand, but I have grown to respect what your body wisdom is capable of. Iím ecstatic that I didnít need the surgery, and totally grateful to Dr. Schwartz for his skills.


L. S.