Oral cysts are bumps that appear in and around the mouth. They are actually sacs of tissue that may hold fluid or other materials inside, and may be found on the lip, cheek, gums, jaw. If they form close by to teeth, they may be called dental cysts.
Oral cysts may fall into a variety of different categories. Depending on their type, they may appear in different areas of the mouth. A person may also develop an oral cyst on the salivary glands, as well as on other parts of the head and neck.
Oral cysts may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:
- One or more small bumps, typically under an inch across
- Cysts may be completely painless. However, if they form as a result of infection in the tooth pulp or nerve, they may become painful.
- If a cyst grows large enough, it may cause teeth to shift
- Inflammation, infection, and pain in the jaw
- If the cyst has replaced bony tissue, it may make the jaw more likely to break.
Although some cysts cannot be prevented from forming, they may be managed through treatment.
If a cyst is small and located near a tooth root that has died, the cyst may repair itself once the root is treated. Antibiotics may also assist in removing infection. Although some cysts may be left alone for a time, they may eventually become infected or damage your teeth or jaw. For this reason, your dentist may eventually decide to remove part or all of the cyst by means of minor surgery.
If you worry that you might be developing an oral cyst, make an appointment with the Case Dental Group today. Our Elk Grove dentists will be happy to provide an exam and diagnosis, and advise you on the next steps.