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Is a ranula serious?

Ranulas do require treatment, but they are not serious in that they are not life threatening and do not typically cause pain. A ranula, if large enough, can lift the tongue and impair chewing, eating, and swallowing. However, a ranula responds well to treatment either by draining the cyst or having it surgically removed.

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What increases my risk for a ranula?
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Mouth surgery may increase the risk for getting a ranula. Some ranulas form spontaneously, but other...
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What is a plunging ranula?
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A ranula is a mucous cyst found on the floor of the mouth. For a plunging ranula, the cyst extends b...
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How common are mouth cysts (ranulas)?
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Ranulas, or mouth cysts, are common. According to one estimate, about 2.5 ranulas are found per ...
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What causes a ranula?
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A ranula is caused by a blocked salivary or sublingual gland. Sometimes they occur spontaneously. Ot...
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