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What treatments do doctors or dentists use for mucoceles?

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A mucocele is a harmless cyst or bump in your mouth. It happens with the tubes (ducts) that carry saliva get damaged or blocked. The two main treatments are:

  • Remove the salivary gland. Your dentist or doctor may use a scalpel or laser to do this.
  • Form new ducts with a procedure called marsupialization. Your doctor puts a stitch through the mucocele and ties a knot to press out the saliva. The stitch is taken out in about a week.

Steroid injections and medications applied to the surface of the mucocele also can help lower swelling .

SOURCES:

Lumerman, H. and Bowe, R. Atlas of Oral and Maxilofacial Histopathology, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012.

Silverman, S. and Eversole L. Essentials of Oral Medicine, PMPH, 2001.

Senthikumar, B. Journal of Pharmacy and Bioallied Sciences, 2012.

FamilyDoctor.org: "Mouth Problems."

Buttarovoli, P and Leffler, S. Minor Emergencies, Saunders, 2012.

Sagara, S. Journal of Indian Society Of Pedodontics and Dentistry, 2012.

Seo, J. Open Dentistry Journal, 2012.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on July 9, 2020

SOURCES:

Lumerman, H. and Bowe, R. Atlas of Oral and Maxilofacial Histopathology, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012.

Silverman, S. and Eversole L. Essentials of Oral Medicine, PMPH, 2001.

Senthikumar, B. Journal of Pharmacy and Bioallied Sciences, 2012.

FamilyDoctor.org: "Mouth Problems."

Buttarovoli, P and Leffler, S. Minor Emergencies, Saunders, 2012.

Sagara, S. Journal of Indian Society Of Pedodontics and Dentistry, 2012.

Seo, J. Open Dentistry Journal, 2012.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on July 9, 2020

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