Oral Surgery/Ranula


Dear Mr Teig,

You have been helpful to me a month ago regarding my ranula.  They cyst has now subsided to a small size.  However, I have now getting salty discharge from the area.  Could you please tell me what this means?  My ENT surgeon checked a couple of days ago and he only said that the saltiness means not good but please that my cyst has gone down.  He said antibiotics wouldn't help.  Please may I have your opinion?  Many thanks.

Fatima -  I disagree with the ENT doctor.  Saliva is being discharged, but its saltiness might be due to a continued irritation.  My suggestion, rather than giving up on the area, is to immediately begin a regimen of warm salt water rinses for about 3-5 minutes, 4-5 times a day.  The warm salt water can help to reduce inflammation and allow for a better flow.

Let me know if this helps.

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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired


I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.


Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor at State University School of Dentistry.

American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

BA- University of Connecticut DMD-University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Residency - Roosevelt Hospital, NYC

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