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Is this mucocele?

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Posted by: all_is_well  (2 years ago)


Hello there!

For about five years now, I have this bubble in my gum line. It became larger over time. Could this be mucocele? It does not hurt and never goes away. Does anyone know what could this be and should I be worried? Thanks!
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Posted by: ghnane  (2 years ago)
Hello. It is hard to tell with your description? What color is it? Is it red or clear with fluid. How big is it? Also does it increase or decrease in size compared to before and after eating.

Mucoceles are benign and are cause by a obstructed salivary duct and saliva fluid accumulates superficially under the oral epithelium. If people pop mucoceles they tend to reoccur. However they can be surgically removed by a profession. It is a minor procedure. Most common places for mucoceles are the inside of the lips and under the tongue where you have both minor and major salivary ducts.
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Posted by: mdhola  (2 years ago)
If it is near to gum line (where it joins teeth), then it's not a mucocele. It can be draining sinus from abscess, abscess in gum or inflammation of gum etc.
Please visit your dentist as soon as possible to prevent any further serious complications and cost. Your dentist will give you accurate diagnosis and treatment options available to you!
Best!
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Posted by: all_is_well  (2 years ago)
Thanks for answering.

It's yellowish translucent in color. It stays large for like a month then it will get a little smaller. I was wondering if I can just lance it out on my own to bring out whatever is in there. I won't be able to go to the dentist yet for some reason.
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Posted by: ghnane  (2 years ago)
Thanks for answering.

It's yellowish translucent in color. It stays large for like a month then it will get a little smaller. I was wondering if I can just lance it out on my own to bring out whatever is in there. I won't be able to go to the dentist yet for some reason.


I understand what you are facing. Yellowish in color indicates more of an abscess characteristic. I would not try to open it up myself. Wait until you are able to see a specialist. My concern is that we do not know what it contains so no need to expose it to our oral cavity. Another reason is that we have many bacteria in our mouth, we constantly, eat, drink and speak if you introduce an open wound area in the mouth it may become infected and turn to the worse.
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Posted by: all_is_well  (2 years ago)
Thanks for the information. I will just wait it out then until I can get into a doctor.
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