A mucocele is a mucous cyst that appears to be clear or bluish. It occurs on your lips, the roof of the mouth, and tongue. It can cause discomfort when you chew, speak and swallow. The good thing is that it resolves on its own.
How Mucocele forms
Your saliva moves from the salivary gland to the tiny tubes or ducts to your mouth. When one of those tubes is blocked, it could cause a mucous cyst. It usually occurs if you bit or suck your lower lip repeatedly. You may also experience a muocele if you are hit in the face, which can cause a disruption in the duct.
Mucoceles can show up on your gums, roof of the mouth or under your tongue. If they occur on your mouth’s floor, they are known as ranulas. Although they’re rare, they tend to appear larger than mucoceles. These could cause more problems because of their size resulting in difficulty with swallowing and chewing.
As mentioned earlier, mucocele can dissolve on its own. However, if it becomes enlarged, you may need to apply treatment.
No matter how tempting it is, you must not try to open it or treat it yourself. For expert advice, make sure to visit Kane & Kerper Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Our dentists here will give you treatment options.
Visiting a dentist is vital to ensure that you get a proper diagnosis. Keep in mind that some conditions can seem like a mucocele, but may actually be a serious condition.
See your dentist right away if your cyst becomes large and makes you uncomfortable. It may be rare, but some mucous cysts can become as large as 3.5 centimeters.
These cysts are sometimes undetectable, and the only person who can detect it is your dentist.
If the cyst is too large, a biopsy may be required, and additional diagnostic examination may be performed. Most of the time, however, dentists will let the cyst heal on its own.
How to treat it?
Treatment for mucocele will depend on its severity. The cyst may not require treatment as it heals on its own, particularly if it’s a superficial cyst.
Never open or remove the cyst on your own at home to avoid tissue damage or infection. Medical treatment may be required if you experience frequent or recurring cyst.
Treatment may include laser therapy, cryotherapy, and corticosteroid injection. In some cases, dentists may suggest removal of a cyst or your salivary gland. After treatment, it may take a few weeks for the affected area to heal, depending on the type and severity of the mucoele. The only way to make sure a recurring cyst won’t come back is to remove it surgically.