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I'm a 44 year old female who has just been diagnosed with my first salivary stone in the submandibular gland. The stone is about 7mm in size. The maxillofacial surgeon has told me that due to its location I will need to have the stone AND gland surgically removed. My question is whether this is really necessary? The surgeon told me that if I don't have it removed it is likely to cause a major infection which will mean I will need to have my gland removed down the track anyway. He has warned me about the (minimal?) risk to facial and tongue nerves.
On a related point, does anyone know whether salivary stones may be caused by facial trauma. 15 months ago I was hit by a car and had fractures to my right eye socket which caused a lot of swelling on the right side of my face, exacerbated by the following surgery. Interestingly, my salivary stone is on the right side too. Conincidence? My surgeon thinks so.
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