What is a cyst?
A Cyst is a fluid or pulp filled cavity encapsulated by a thin skin layer.
Where is it formed?
Including the face and mouth, Cysts can potentially develop anywhere. A cyst is said to be a mucous cyst or Oral mucocele when it is formed in and around the oral cavity. In general, it usually develops in areas like
- On tongue
- Posterior part of the lip
- Floor of the mouth
How is it formed?
Usually, development of a cyst takes place when the salivary glands get blocked with mucus. They typically occur for a short duration and is painless. However, cysts can become permanent if they are left untreated.
How is it detected?
Most of the times, a dental practitioner can identify a mucous cyst simply by looking at it.