Dental Cyst Treatment

Occasionally, patients may notice the formation of tiny bumps or small lesions within their mouth known as mucoceles. Lesions of the mouth vary in appearance, symptoms, and cause. The formation of small bumps in the mouth may occur from blocked salivary ducts. In some cases, oral bumps may be the sign of a more serious condition. If lesions or bumps develop in the mouth, we should examine these immediately to determine the best treatment available. Pashapour Oral + Facial Surgery offers several treatments for mucoceles in DC.

What is a mucocele?

A mucocele, sometimes referred to as a mucous cyst, is a fluid-filled swelling inside the mouth. Mucoceles typically occur as the result of an injured or blocked salivary gland. Mucoceles are commonly found inside the lower lip or cheek or on the roof or floor of the mouth. In the majority of cases, a mucocele will typically appear clear, white, or red, but it is not uncommon that a mucocele may appear to have a blue tint. Mucoceles are, in the majority of cases, harmless but can be uncomfortable and annoying depending on their size and location.

More severe mucoceles may hinder the ability to talk, chew, or swallow comfortably. An untreated mucocele may also cause permanent scar tissue. It is possible for a shallow mucocele to burst, but deeper or larger mucoceles may tend to become sore or painful as they develop. Despite mucoceles being relatively harmless, any oral cyst or lump should be examined by Dr. Pashapour and his surgical team to ensure a proper diagnosis.


How do mucoceles form?

The mouth is full of salivary glands, which produce saliva in order to keep the mouth moist, prevent teeth from decay, and aid in digestion. Saliva moves into the mouth via the salivary glands through small tubes known as salivary ducts. If a duct becomes blocked or damaged, a mucocele may form. Mucoceles can also form as a result of excessive lip biting or an oral trauma. Certain medical conditions may result in thickened saliva, which can also lead to blocked salivary ducts.

What are the symptoms of a mucocele?

While the majority of mucoceles are not painful, some mucoceles may be uncomfortable depending on their size and location. Painful mucoceles are typically only irritated by direct touching or direct contact with food. A particularly severe mucocele may inhibit your ability to eat, talk, or swallow. Mucoceles are typically soft, round, and may move when touched. Mucoceles can range anywhere from 2-10 millimeters in diameter.

How are mucoceles diagnosed?

Mucoceles are diagnosed through an oral examination to determine the number, location, and severity of each mucocele. A simple test we may perform is to apply pressure on the lump, as long as you are not experiencing pain, to see if the mucocele changes color. If the lump turns white under the pressure, it may indicate a harmless growth of blood vessels known as a hemangioma. After removing any swollen tissues, we will have the samples sent out to a lab to test for any serious diseases. In the vast majority of these cases, the results do not indicate a serious disease. We may order an x-ray to determine if there is a stone present in the salivary gland.

What should I expect from a mucocele treatment in DC?

A mucocele treatment typically consists of removing the growth using a scalpel or laser. Following the removal of the mucocele, the sample will be sent out for laboratory testing to ensure that there are no signs of a more serious condition. Prior to your mucocele treatment, Dr. Pashapour and his surgical team will be able to answer any questions you may have.

How can I get started with a mucocele treatment?

Dr. Pashapour and his staff at Pashapour Oral + Facial Surgery would be happy to discuss the details of a mucocele treatment with you. To schedule an appointment in Washington, DC or Arlington, please call our office at 703-566-1990 or request an appointment online.

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