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The surgical scar is a very small scar which is under the chin, so is not readily visible. The incidence of nerve damage is around 1% which is suppose to be very safe and low incidence. Thus surgery after all is quite safe.
But there are other methods of the stone removal also;
1) Insertion of the small telescope
2) Shock wave: which fragment the stones
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The best course is to get it excised / removed. Recurrence of the stones is very common and infection is quite a significant risk, with the recurrent stones. The procedure is very safe in good hands. The saliva quantity or dry mouth is never a problem as parotids, submental glands and many minor salivary glands are good enough to produce adequate amount.
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Hello Paul Shipley,
Thanks for updating me. If there is no pain, surgery may not be needed, so right decision.
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These stones are due to narrowing of the duct.