Mucocele is a common complaint of the patients of Fallbrook Village Dental. This condition involves swelling. The swelling is filled with a fluid known as a mucous cyst and it arises on the mouth or the lip.
Why Does It Happen?
This cyst can happen to anyone. In here, the cyst develops when your salivary glands are clogged with mucus. Even though the majority of the cysts occur on the lower part of the lip, it can still appear in your mouth. Although the cyst is painless, it can become permanent if you do not seek treatment. The dentists at Fallbrook Village Dental perform mucocele removal. Your saliva is moving through tiny tubes in your mouth. However, the ducts are prone to damage and blockage. Patients who like biting or sucking their lower lip are more prone to develop mucocele.
Apart from that, if you get hit in the face, the ducts in your mouth could get disrupted. When that happens, mucocele could develop. That’s why, when you are playing a sport, make sure that you use a mouthguard to prevent your mouth from getting hit during a head-on collision. After the duct has been damaged, mucus could leak and accumulate causing swelling.
What are the Symptoms of Mucocele?
It can show up on the inside of your lower lips. But it can also appear on your gums and the roof of your mouth. Some patients may also experience it under their tongue.
What are the Possible Treatments?
The good thing is that mucocele can go away without applying any treatment. However, if it enlarges, you may need the help of your dentist to remove it. You may be tempted to just open and treat the cyst yourself. But don’t. Instead, you must call your dentist and have it extracted from his office.
Two types of treatment are available. The first one is the removal of the gland. Your dental health professional will use a laser or a scalpel in removing the salivary gland. This is an outpatient procedure so it does not require any hospital admission. You will need local anesthesia. In that way, you will not feel any pain when your dentist makes an incision on the affected area.
Another way is to assist new duct to form. When there is a new duct forming, the saliva will leave the salivary gland. During the procedure, your dentist will press out the saliva. You will have stitches in your mouth for more than a week. However, if you do not like minor incision, your dentist may recommend steroid injections to reduce the swelling. Some medications may also be applied to the affected area. Once the cyst has been removed, it is vital that you practice good oral hygiene. You need to use an antibacterial mouth rinse to eliminate harmful bacteria that may go inside the treated area. The treatment of this condition can be performed by your dentist. In some cases, an oral surgeon may be necessary to give you a definitive treatment.
If it has been properly removed, the mucocele will have a good recovery rate. And it is vital to remember that it is not a cancerous cyst.