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Clogged duct in roof of mouth
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RGEELW posted:
Hello all! A little new to this posting thing, but i'll get right to the point. I've had a small bump at the roof of my mouth on the soft palete for about 3 wks. It not sore and it very small. It would swell and go down, so it would come and go. it was worrying me so i went to the dentist to have it checked out. She told me that at the roof of your mouth are small salivary ducts. she said when they are filled with liquid, they swell and go back down once the liquid goes away. she said there was nothing abnormal about the bump and told me not to worry cause i was really worried. anyway, she gave me a referral to an oral specialist to find out why it does that because she said she couldnt tell me why. I bursted it then swished with some peroxide and it keeps it away. It almost like a pimple. you cant really see it but i can feel it with my tounge under the skin in the roof of my mouth. the dentist even had a hard time taking a picture of it but she did. i just wanna know if anyone knows anything about it because if it is nothing abnormal, which that is what the dentist told me, i am not going to drain my pockets going to the specialist. Umm let me know if yall know anything.
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db2kp responded:
RGEELW, I've seen this happen under the tongue and the Dentist suggested sucking on a lemon to make it go away. It would work. It was a duct that would fill up and needed to "drain" in order to go down. It's just odd that it's on the roof of your mouth. What comes out? Not puss, correct? I would think that only clear comes out.
 
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RGEELW responded:
no puss comes out. matter of fact i don't feel anything come out. i can just feel it pop. no funny taste or nothing. i assume saliva comes out.
 
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RGEELW responded:
i'm going to try the lemon thing to see if that works. maybe the lemon will dry it up so it wont come back. thanks for the advice. if anyone else have any insight about this please let me know. Thanks all!
 
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db2kp responded:
Does it go down for a while and then fill up hours later or a day or two later? If it keeps doing this for over 10 days, I'd get it checked to see what is causing that to happen. The Dr. that I worked for never got too worried about them, just gave that advice that I gave you. He was the type of dentist that did a very thorough soft tissue exam. He sent a patient that chewed tobacco for tests and he was diagnosed with oral cancer. So, I would think that he would be more concerned with something like what you have, but, he wasn't. Good luck! Keep me posted on what happens.
 
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RGEELW responded:
It does go down and come back a couple days later. the longest it has stayed away is about a week. the lemon helps a bit. I will say i notice that in the morning it is less noticeable. it feel like it has gone. after getting up and walking around for the first time in the morning, sometimes i notice it there. not a smoker or tobacco user and i drink wine in moderation. when i went to the dentist i did have a peace of mind but im starting to get scared all over again. guess i better go to that specialist. :frown: . But thanks for your advice. Anymore insight let me know! gotta go get me another lemon. :smile:
 
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db2kp responded:
Go to a specialist and let us know what happens. Good luck. D
 
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RGEELW responded:
i was also doing some research on what is called a mucocele. i am still going to make an appointment with a specialist Monday, but i dont feel as worried as i did. i read that a mucocele occurs on the lower lip however, it can also occur in other parts of the mouth including the roof. I read about the symptoms and i have those except my bump is very very tiny. i did read that they can be as small as 1mm in diameter. how small is that? about as small as the head of a strait pin? thats how big my bump is if not smaller. they say when the fluid is gone it can feel scarred and then it will reoccur. some last for days, weeks or years according to the info i read. i read that they are harmless but very irritating. Upon removal, the doctor checks the tissue to be sure there is nothing abnormal. well, i am not worrying too much now that i read that. i will keep you posted after i visit the specialist.
 
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RGEELW responded:
Hello. I'm back after almost a month and my research and assuption was correct. It is a mucocele at the top of my mouth. I went to the specialist on aug 11, 2009 and he took a good look and told me that's what it was. He did say it was too small to remove at the time. He said in order to remove it, he needs to see it in its full blow state. He didn't want to take the chance and cut in the wrong spot. I had been using evening primrose oil and that helped it to stop coming and going as often as it did. If it swells again, I will go to have it removed. The specialist reccomends removal because when it bursts, you got an open sore and you dont wanna get it infected. I do keep my mouth rinsed out well. Well, i will say that i am glad that it is a mucocele and not anything else. I have never smoked or used tobacco and i NEVER will. That was the worst scare I have ever had ever! To keep anyone else from being petrified and worried out of their mind, I will post any info that I learn to help keep a calm mind, however, i always reccomend to go to the dentist and oral specalist because you still need to get it confirmed, but every lil bit helps to keep a person calm. I'll report back if my mucocele comes back to let yall know how the removal went. ~~RGEELW
 
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db2kp responded:
Great! That's pretty good news. You learn somethin' new everyday. That's called peace of mind.
 
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RGEELW responded:
Hello All, Just reporting back. So far, since my appt on 8/11, there has been no sign of my mucocele. Before when it was coming and going, i would feel a small scar at the top of my mouth where the mucocele was. Now, i don't feel any scars or anything. So far so good. I will report back if anything changes. As far as any new info, i havent really learned anything to help treat them, but an interesting tibid. During my visit to the dentist, she said that her husband used to drink pop and he had a mucocele. Everytime he would drink the pop, his mucocele would swell, and go away once he stopped drinking the pop. Interesting huh?? Anyway good day to all and I will report back if anything changes.. --RGEELW
 
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cognizant responded:
RGEELW, thank you so much for following up and letting us know exactly what the terminology was (mucocele). I have the exact same finding on my soft palate, and after doing some research using the term you provided--I am much relieved to find that it is a fairly common and benign condition.
 
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raybug42 replied to RGEELW's response:
I have the exact same symptoms, it seems to go away at night, but then it starts getting larger during the day.
The bump is hard and it is difficult to believe there is something inside, but there has to be the way it gets smaller then larger.
Let me know if you find an answer. I also have an infected saliva gland which I got from a tooth extraction. If anyone knows what to do about that please let me know.


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