A mucocele, also known as a mucous cyst, occurs when a salivary duct has become blocked. The resulting cyst is small, filled with fluid, and can be found on the mouth or lip. The most common cause for a mucocele is trauma to the mouth, such as lip or cheek biting. While anyone can get a mucocele, they are most common among patients between the ages of 10 and 25. A mucocele is most commonly found on the gums, the palate (roof of the mouth), under the tongue, or the lower lip.
While any change to the mouth should be evaluated by a qualified dental health professional, such as Dr. Zarrinkelk and Dr. Siavash, mucoceles tend to be soft and round, moveable, and a few centimeters in diameter. In general, mucoceles do not tend to be painful.
Treatment for a mucocele is typically done with local anesthesia or IV sedation. Your oral surgeon may simply drain the mucocele or remove the cyst completely to prevent recurrence.
Dr. Zarrinkelk and Dr. Siavash treat patients of all ages at their practices in Ventura and Ojai, CA. Each office is equipped with the latest digital technology to ensure every patient receives the most accurate and effective treatment plan. If you or your child have a mucocele, we encourage you to contact our practice to receive a consultation appointment.