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Having read most of the Mucocele post-op responses, I can't remember seeing any questions that asked followup after 12-18 months. I had a mucocele on my bottom lip removed about 18 months ago and had most the the symptoms described by the other inquirers--numbness, swelling, discomfort, etc. So, I waited to ask a question, hoping that with time, it would heal. After a year and a half, the area where the mucocele was extracted is still red and often becomes sore in cold weather, it often splits even when using lip moisturizer, it has a noticeable indentation (like a crater and many people have noticed and asked about it), it STILL tingles from time to time and is unpleasant. I just assumed these were the consequences I would have to accept. Are these kinds of prolonged problems common? Are there any

I'm asking now, after so long because I just woke up with another mucocele on the OTHER side of my bottom lip and am not sure if I could handle these issue on both sides or in two places.

Dear Derek

The kinds of postoperative problems you describe, while not common, are known risks of surgical procedures. You may want to take both your problems and your new mucoceles to a university-affiliated teaching hospital that may have solutions to all your issues.  


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I am a Family, Implant and Cosmetic dentist. I will answer questions on any aspect of dentistry and matters relating to the smile, gums, jaws and lower face. Member American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, and Atlantic Coast District Dental Association. I have served as District Council Member of Alpha Omega, as well as serving for one term as its President. I am also a member of The Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, and Mount Sinai Hospital Guild. I have served as a Volunteer for Project Dental Health and The Tri-County Dental Health Council.


Having attained over 30 years of clinical experience in private practice in Michigan, in 2001 I was re-certified by taking and passing the Florida State Dental Board Examination. After moving to Florida, I spent nearly 10 years re-honing my skills while working as an Associate Dentist for several large dental groups. In September, 2004, I was appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor at Nova University's College of Dental Medicine. I am certified in placement of Mini Dental Implants, and I am Director of The Florida Implant Center ( On March 1, 2010, at the age of 62, I began all over again by buying a dental practice near my home in the Fort Lauderdale area. As sole owner and Chief Dental Officer of the new Nob Hill Dental Center (, I can now carefully provide dental care to patients who care, all within a caring, joyful environment. Over my career lifetime, I have provided thousands of diagnoses, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, periodontal treatments, TMJ therapies, partials, dentures and extractions, and dozens of implants for my patients. The only aspect of dentistry with which I have very little experience is orthodontics.

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