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I have lots of mucoceles in my lower lip with different sizes (like 10 of them). I don't feel good about them.Is it an oral caner?

I have lots of mucoceles in my lower lip with different sizes (like 10 of them). I don't feel good about them.Is it an oral caner?

See your dentist: See your dentist for a definitive diagnosis. We can't diagnose oral conditions over the internet, especially sight unseen. ...Read more

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Mucocele (Definition)

Mucocele, also known as a mucous cyst, is the development of a painless sac of mucous in the mouth, most commonly on the interior of the lower lip, which form following blockage of salivary ducts or from the rupture of a salivary gland. Mucoceles are rarely medically worrisome but can develop into a permanent fibrous ...Read more


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Swollen upper lip in the middle..Doctors thought it was a mucocele, but after surgery ruled that out. Ongoing swelling for 6 months ?

Swollen upper lip in the middle..Doctors thought it was a mucocele, but after surgery ruled that out. Ongoing swelling for 6 months ?

Hmmm: I do not see why a qualified oral surgeon would not be able to diagnose and treat the problem within this time frame. The facts given are sketchy and therefore difficult for us to comment on further. I would get a second opinion from a well respected oral surgeon in your area. ...Read more

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My wife has mucocele that does not seem to heal for months now. It is painless but just looks odd. What are the options?

My wife has mucocele that does not seem to heal for months now. It is painless but just looks odd. What are the options?

Surgery: A persistent mucocele should be marsupialized or excised. There is also the option of careful observation, with the hope that it will spontaneously decompress and form scar tissue that can prevent recurrence. This is less likely since the mucocele has persisted for months. ...Read more

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What causes people to get a mucocele, can you help me?

Mucocoele: They are blocked salivary gland ducts that can swell. Sometimes they can be uncomfortable due to the swelling of the tissue, sometimes they pop open and drain and seemingly go away. They may recur. In rare instances they may need to be surgically opened or removed if they become problematic. ...Read more

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How much does it usually cost to have a mucoceles removed after insurance?

How much does it usually cost to have a mucoceles removed after insurance?

Depends: Depends on if you stay in network, if you've satisfied your deductible and what your plan breakdown is. ...Read more

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What to do about oral issues: do mucoceles itch?

What to do about oral issues: do mucoceles itch?

Mucoceles: I have not known mucoceles to itch. They wax and wane. You should see your dentist/oral pathologist to determine the cause of the itch (allergy and if so to what?). They may refer you to your MD/ENT if need be. ...Read more

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Do mucoceles itch?

Do mucoceles itch?

Itch: Generally no. See your dentist/ENT MD for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Will keeping ice on mucocele make it go away?

Will keeping ice on mucocele make it go away?

Unlikely: A mucocele results when the duct to the affected salivary gland is occluded and does not allow the saliva to empty into the mouth. Ice will probably not resolve the obstruction. ...Read more

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