What is a Mucocele?

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Sometimes people will come to our Federal Way dentistry clinic with concerns about strange bumps or developments in their mouths. One of these is called a mucocele. These generally appear in the form of a small, round bump, between two and ten millimeters wide, either pearly white or bluish in color. They may appear on the inside of your lower lip, your gums, or on the roof or floor of your mouth.

Mucoceles happen when a salivary duct becomes blocked or damaged. Maybe you took a blow to part of your face, or maybe you simply bite or suck on your lip or cheek too much. They’re generally painless, and will probably go away by themselves without treatment, but your dentist can help you if they enlarge or become bothersome.

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