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What causes an oral cyst?

I am a 34 year old male and I have an oral cyst. What causes an oral cyst?

10 Answers

Oral cysts can be caused by impacted teeth.
There are several potential causes for oral cysts. Chronic dental abcesses and inflammation are the most common. However, any cyst should be examined by a professional and appropriate measures taken.
Trauma or infection.
Usually there is no one specific reason to develop a cyst, but it can occur for no specific reason.
Oral cysts can develop from a variety of causes. If around the tip of a root, it could be from a dead pulp. If around the crown of an impacted tooth, it could be from the residual membrane which was involved with the formation of the crown. This would be a good question to ask your dentist. 

X-rays, a clinical exam, and often a biopsy are needed to make a definitive diagnosis. With that being said, most oral lesions are the result of infections associated with the teeth or gums.

David M. Garazi, DMD
Usually, it's caused by a blocked salivary gland.

William F. Martin III, DDS
Oral cysts often are caused by impacted wisdom teeth, but most of the time we don’t know what caused them. If they are in the bone, they can become very destructive so they should be addressed by an oral surgeon.
Hope that helps!
We recommend you to see an oral surgeon to evaluate the cyst.

Sorry to hear about your oral cyst. Did the doctor tell you it was a cyst? Oral cysts are pretty interesting because they are caused by your body. They are very old embryonic cells (cells from when you were a developing embryo) that have been dormant for decades, but begin to grow.
Hope this helps.

My best to you!

William F. Scott IV, DMD