What is Oral Cyst?

Unless you have had an an oral cyst in the past, you may have not heard about it. Oral cyst is basically a closed sac of tissues! Some are filled with air, while others are filled with soft material or fluid. Cysts generally develop in the soft oral tissues such as the gum, lips and around or next to a tooth within the jaw bone. In this article, we will try to highlight and explain the different types of oral cysts that you might encounter, and more importantly, is to be aware of the different symptoms associated with each type of cyst.


  • Development of lumps or liquid-filled pockets in or around your mouth
  • Acute tooth pain
  • Infection
  • Difficulty swallowing and chewing
  • Continued soreness of the throat

When something gets swollen in the mouth, it could be a scary situation. Most often, these cysts are noncancerous and can be treated through oral surgery. When it comes to your oral health, it is always better to be at the side of prevention. But if you are exhibiting any of these signs, make sure to call your Dental surgeon Dr.Miski as soon as possible.


If you are concerned that you have an oral cyst, the next step is identifying which type of oral cyst you have. There a number of different oral cysts, so it is important to make the distinction.

Dentigerous Cyst

This is a common type of cyst, as it happens around the crowns of impacted teeth such as by the impacted wisdom teeth. Although these cysts themselves do not usually cause any pain, it is important to address them. Left untreated, they can grow further and actually move surrounding teeth out of their proper placement.

Odontogenic Cyst

This type typically develops in the jawbone, causing an unnatural bulge to appear. When it comes to treatment, removal is usually recommended since these cysts can be damaging over time, causing the weakening and sometimes fracturing of surrounding teeth and jawbone.

Periapical Cyst

Unlike the other types, these can be very painful, and it is the most common one. These fluid-filled sacs form from an infection in the pulp area of teeth. This type of cyst can grow and progress slowly and might not give any symptoms for months or years, unless it gets infected, and most frequently, it is discovered during a routine radiograph. To determine what action needs to be taken, you need to visit your oral specialist surgeon immediately.

Mucocele Cyst

The last type is usually caused by excessive injury or irritation to the mouth. As a result, these mucus-filled pouches typically rupture over time. If these oral cysts fail to heal over time, a quick visit to the dentist, where the cyst can be drained, will usually do the trick.

As gum surgeon, Dr.Miski is concerned about your oral care. If you are showing signs of any of these cysts, it is important to receive a dental consultation as soon as possible.