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Oral Pathology

Oral Pathology

A bump on your lip

It’s natural to be a little concerned when bump forms in your mouth or on your lip, these can be extremely bothersome and evenly unsightly. If this doesn’t resolve in a few days having a medical professional take a look is a good idea.  Many patients present to our office with a “bump” on the inside their lower lip. One common cause is a mucoceole, which is a harmless cyst. These develop when there is blockage of a minor salivary gland that results in a soft bump that fills with mucus or saliva. When there is a obstruction of the gland, the saliva cannot flow into the mouth, this leads to an increasing size of the bump on your lip. Many patients report that it increases and decreases in size around mealtime. If you develop a soft swelling in the mouth, it may just be a mucocele — a harmless cyst. It’s still smart to get it checked out.

Here’s what happens

Your saliva moves from a salivary gland through tiny tubes (ducts) into your mouth. One of these ducts can become damaged or blocked. Biting your lip while eating or getting hit in the face could also damage the duct. Unfortunately our lips can easily be traumatized, perhaps…

It was the elbow to your mouth during your basketball game last month?

When you were “really” enjoying your favorite food and bit your lip?

Your loving child or playful dog wanted to give you a big hug or a lick and accidentally hurt your lip.

Any of the above may be the original culprit

What happens once the duct damage is done? Mucus seeps out, pools, becomes walled off, and causes a cyst-like swelling. A similar buildup happens when the duct has become blocked.

Mucoceles may have these symptoms and characteristics:

  • Movable and not painful
  • Soft, round, dome-shaped
  • May have a clear or blue-ish color
  • Less than a centimeter in size


Some mucoceles resolve without treatment. Even though it’s tempting, please don’t try to open / pop them or treat them yourself. If it continue to enlarge or do not resolve after seven days, please contact our office for expert advice.

If you require treatment, Dr. Calat may offer your the option of having the problematic area treated with our in-office Laser.  Using the laser for treatment of a mucoceole often has less swelling, bleeding, post-operative discomfort and an overall smoother recovery when compared to traditional treatment with a scalpel.

Call UsIf you would like to consult with Dr. Calat about oral pathology in New York City please call 212-696-2677, in New Jersey call 201-659-6999, or email us.