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Lower Lip Mucocele Treated With an Erbium Laser

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Mucoceles are benign lesions of the minor salivary glands that are common in children. The most frequent localizations of these lesions include the lower lip and the cheek mucosa. Such mucoceles are caused by traumas, the rubbing of orthodontic devices, or biting habits. The purpose of this article was to describe the case of a 4-mm extravasation mucocele located on the lower lip of a 9-year-old girl. This mucocele was removed with an erbium laser after perilesional infiltration with 12 mg of 2% lidocaine and epinephrine 1:100,000. The histopathological report confirmed the presurgical diagnosis. The wound healed excellently and rapidly without sutures. No relapse was observed a year after the surgery. Lasers apply modern technology and are useful for soft tissue surgery in pediatric dentistry, as operations are rapid and wounds heal well without sutures.


Document Type: Case Report

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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  • Pediatric Dentistry is the official publication of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is published bi-monthly and is internationally recognized as the leading journal in the area of pediatric dentistry. The journal promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. This peer-reviewed journal features scientific articles, case reports and abstracts of current pediatric dental research.
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