Salivary gland stones and infected salivary glands affect nearly one out of every one hundred adults across the world. With a condition such as this being so prevalent, La Peer Health System’s Salivary Stone Center of Excellence in Los Angeles aims to provide education and treatment regarding what causes salivary stones for those dealing with the condition. With an immense focus present on minimally invasive techniques and expert patient care, our doctors understand that the most important part of treatment is making sure that our patients needs are met at all times.
Infected Salivary Gland Causes
In our bodies, we have several glands that are responsible for the production of saliva in our mouths. Saliva helps us chew, eat, swallow, and even speak. When sialolithiasis or mouth gland infections occur, our saliva production can become limited causing negative effects to take place.
Though our saliva is made up of almost entirely water, sometimes other minerals and chemicals make their way into our saliva ducts, which is what causes calcified growth in the mouth. When other debris and infection make themselves present, these calcified growths can form. Stones, sometimes known as calculi and made up of calcium, can vary in size and shape and most often have a substance relating to a firm sponge. Sialolithiasis almost always occur in the submandibular portion of our glands, with around 6% making their way to the parotid glands and forming a parotid gland stone. Treatment of sialolithiasis is very successful when detected early, as the risk for infection spreading is greatly decreased. Though this condition is uncomfortable, it is usually not dangerous.
If a person is experiencing mouth stones, they may be suffering from the following symptoms, including but not limited to:
- Pain While Eating & Drinking
- Dry Mouth
- Mouth Gland Infection
Though most salivary stones are found in the submandibular glands, it is possible for a parotid gland stone to form. If you suspect that you may be experiencing salivary stones or an infected mouth gland, please contact our medical center to begin proper treatment today.
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Salivary Stone Causes FAQ
At the Surgical Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, the main goal of our doctors is to make sure that our patients fully understand their condition and how it can be successfully treated. For additional questions that are not answered below, we encourage you to contact our medical center today to inquire with a professional salivary stone doctor.
Q: Where do salivary gland stones occur?
A: Sialolithiasis most commonly occurs in the submandibular glands, or the glands in the back of the mouth and the base of the mouth. Stones in the parotid glands can also occur, but are much more rare.
Q: What causes these gland stones?
A: Salivary gland stones occur as a result of infection or a chemical build up in our saliva. They are made of almost entirely calcium and have a firm, spongy appearance.
Q: Is silolithiasis painful?
A: Sialolithiasis can be painful, though sometimes it is not. The size of the stone can have a lot to do with pain, where as a larger stone is more painful than a very small stone.
Q: What happens if a mouth stone is blocking my saliva duct?
A: In some cases, this is very common. When calcified growths in mouth become large, they can block a saliva duct in the mouth, resulting in an excessive dry mouth and some pain. When this happens, surgical removal of the stone is most likely necessary. Our doctors perform minimally invasive procedures for removing large calcified deposits that are performed as quick outpatient procedures.
Q: Can salivary gland stones be easily treated?
A: Sialolithiasis can be easily treated by visiting the Salivary Stone Center of Excellence in Los Angeles. After you are examined by our expert physicians, the best treatment option for you will be presented.
Q: Who should remove a salivary gland stone?
A: Removal of a mouth gland stone should always be administered by a board certified Ear, Nose, & Throat doctor. It’s important to never attempt to remove the stone yourself, as further damage could be done to the gland.
Contact The Salivary Stone Center of Excellence Today
If you are suffering from salivary gland stones or a salivary gland infection and are currently seeking treatment for your condition, our board certified Ear, Nose, & Throat physicians encourage you to visit the Los Angeles Salivary Stone Center of Excellence to better understand the treatment options available to you. Our world-renowned doctors are highly experienced in the treatment of infected salivary glands, and aim to provide patients with extreme care at all times.
To schedule your appointment with a salivary stone surgeon today, please contact our medical center by calling (888) 576-5946 . We look forward to treating you.
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