As a result of a MRI scan on my eyes I was referred to a maxillofacial specialist as the MRI scanned showed a shadow on my lower left jaw. Having attended a specialist clinic and having an Xray taken (a couple of months after the MRI), the X-ray showed there is a shadow along the base on the Left lower jaw about 2 inches in length.
The specialist suggested having a biopsy done which would be under general anesthetic to discover what it is. I am reluctant to do this a my grandfather was an anesthetist and always said general anesthetics should be avoid unless absolutely necessary. The specialist did say we could leave it for 3 months and see if there is any change in the shadow. My question is what should I do?
In the last couple of years I have been getting sporadic discomfort in the left jaw, but I have been told that I clench my jaw at night when stressed and so that is what may have caused the discomfort and in any case it completely disappears after a while. In the past few weeks my left jaw has been feeling a little strange, not painful, just a dull sort of feeling on and off, again I put this down to stress at work. I am now beginning to wonder?? I just need some advise on what the large dark shadow could be, could it go away on its own? Should I have a biopsy now or leave and monitor?