What are Salivary Stones?
Salivary stones, also known as salivary gland stones or sialoliths, are small, hard masses that form in the salivary glands. These glands produce saliva, which helps to moisten and lubricate the mouth and throat. Salivary stones can form when there is a blockage in the ducts that carry saliva from the glands to the mouth. This blockage can be caused by a variety of factors, including infections, inflammation, or a foreign object stuck in the duct. Salivary stones can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty swallowing, and may require medical treatment to remove.
When Should I Consider Removing a Salivary Stone?
If you are experiencing symptoms such as pain or difficulty swallowing, you should consider talking to a healthcare provider about the possibility of removing the salivary stone. Your provider may recommend removing the stone if it is causing symptoms or if it is blocking the flow of saliva.
How Can I Get Rid of a Salivary Stone?
There are several options for removing a salivary stone, including:
- Medication: Your provider may recommend medications such as antibiotics to help dissolve the stone.
- Sialendoscopy: This is a minimally invasive procedure in which a small scope is inserted through the mouth and into the salivary gland to locate and remove the stone.
- Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the stone. This may be done through an incision in the neck or through an incision in the mouth.
Are You Ready to Schedule an Appointment?
If you're experiencing pain or discomfort in your salivary gland, it's possible that you may have a salivary stone that needs to be surgically removed. If you're interested in finding out more, we'd love to schedule an appointment for you to come in and meet with one of our skilled surgeons. They can assess your condition and determine the best course of action. Just let us know what date and time works best for you, and we'll be happy to set everything up. We look forward to seeing you soon!