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the bone structure in my lower mouth at the bottom has

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the bone structure in my lower mouth, at the bottom has gotten bigger on one side. I don't know what it's called, but it's at the base of my mouth. It doesn't hurt, but feels much, much bigger all of a sudden. It's behind my bottom, front teeth, and I can noticably feel it with my tongue. What causes this and is it a problem?

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Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  AnnlynnRN replied 11 years ago.

It's possible you have an impacted tooth. Another possibility could be an infection of the submandibular and/or sublingual gland. These are salivary glands located on the floor of the mouth near the area you described. Sometimes the gland can become blocked from the formation of a small hard particle that's composed of chemicals from the saliva. These chemicals can then harden into a solid material and block the gland. The glands then become engorged with saliva and may become swollen. This can be diagnosed with an x-ray and treated with minor surgical excision.

Your orthodontist can can diagnose and treat this. I suggest you make an appointment. Best wishes to you.

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Customer: replied 11 years ago.
HI. If I leave this alone, will it heal itself? Must I get it treated? It doesn't hurt.