Oral Surgery/Tongue

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QUESTION: Hi dr Joel,
Phone was not letting me attach any pictures and it only lets me attach two so I'll send two separate ones. Here is a full pic and some others. You can something similar on both sides probably from chewing during eating and not enough room in mouth. As you know being a hypochondriac the only thing I fear is something grave like cancer and I've been to a ton of doctors who said it wasn't that. Doesn't look like that to you right?

ANSWER: It is not cancer.  You are just chewing on your tongue.  Adjusting your bite might be the appropriate treatment.

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QUESTION: Thanks for the reassurance. Are those skin things just taste buds that are visible because of trauma? Here are two more.

ANSWER: Steve - They might be taste buds, but the area is traumatized and much of what shows as an irregular irregular surface is just chewed tissue.  Let the area heal with some warm salt water rinses.

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QUESTION: I will do that. What I don't understand is if I'm chewing or biting it why wouldn't it hurt? I don't feel any pain and wouldn't even know it looked the way it did if I didn't check it. It definitely looks like teeth marks and it looks as if the teeth or jaw alignment is the cause.

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It is due to a chronic grinding that does not actually cut the tongue, but it is like a shoe that does not fit perfectly.  If you wear it, you will get irritations that don't necessarily hurt, but when you remove the shoe after wearing them for a while, you will have red areas, blisters or even a callous.  So your bite is like a shoe that does not fit properly.

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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired

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I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.

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Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor at State University School of Dentistry.

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American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Education/Credentials
BA- University of Connecticut DMD-University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Residency - Roosevelt Hospital, NYC

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