At La Peer Health Systems Salivary Stone Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our board certified Ear, Nose, & Throat doctors are highly skilled professionals in the treatment of salivary stone removal and place an extreme focus on providing only the best patient care and understanding through providing our patients with a better knowledge of knowing what causes salivary stones, otherwise known as sialolithiasis or salivary calculi, and other FAQ’s.

Below are some of the most frequently asked sialolithiasis questions that our salivary stone surgeons hear often. If you have additional concerns not addressed on this page, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our medical center today to discuss treatment options and the best course of action for you.

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Sialolithiasis FAQ

Q: What are salivary gland stones?Saliva duct disorder los angeles
A: Sialolithiasis occurs as a result of crystallized saliva inside of our salivary ducts. Very similar to the formation of kidney stones, parotid gland stones are made up of mostly calcium and can occur as a result of chemicals and other debris in our saliva. If you have a stone in your parotid gland, you may feel symptoms including pain in mouth and swollen parotid glands.

Q: What causes this growth in the mouth?
A: Salivary gland stones form within our saliva ducts. These stones can vary in size, though they are nearly seven millimeters on average.

Q: What are salivary stones made of?
A: Sialolithiasis is almost always made of calcium. Because other chemicals and debris can make their way into our saliva, sometimes, salivary stones can have other ingredients.

Q: How is sialolithiasis treated?
A: Once we determine what causes the parotid gland stone that you’re experiencing, there are a few different  treatment methods to choose from. Depending on the size and severity of the stone and if you’re experiencing swollen parotid glands, it isn’t possible to say what method may be best for you until visiting our center. Our doctors are skilled in providing patients with the best minimally invasive salivary stone removal techniques.

Q: How are chronic parotid gland infections treated?
A: Chronic sialolithiasis can be treated with antibiotics. However, if the development of stones becomes severe, it may be time to consider a partial or full removal of your parotid gland to increase your quality of life.

Q: Who can diagnose parotid gland stones and infections?
A: A board certified Ear, Nose, & Throat doctor has the necessary skills and experience required to make such a diagnosis.

Q: What are the symptoms of salivary stones?
A: Depending on the size and location of the stone in salivary gland, there may be several symptoms present or none at all. Typically, pain in mouth while eating and swallowing, fever, chills, dry mouth, and possible swelling in the area are the most common. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, its important to speak with a board certified ENT in Los Angeles.

Q: How much will my removal treatment cost?
A: Our medical center works with insurance companies to make sure that our patients to not pay any more than is required. At your initial consult, we’ll be able to discuss further pricing with you in greater depth.

Q: Are these stones painful?
A: When salivary calculi stones are large, they can lead to pain in the parotid gland and surrounding areas. It’s important to contact a doctor if you are currently experiencing pain as a result of a salivary gland stone.

Q: Can this condition be deadly?
A: Salivary calculi stones are not known to be deadly, though if you feel like you may be suffering from this condition, it’s best to speak with an experienced doctor as soon as possible.

Q: Who is the best sialolithiasis surgeon?
A: At the Salivary Stone Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, we house several of the most highly regarded ENT’s from around the world. Our doctor’s all attended prestigious universities and completed fellowship programs as a part of their continued pursuit of excellence.

Q: Can sialolithiasis be prevented?
A: Because there isn’t just one cause of sialolithiasis, it is difficult to pinpoint preventative measures. Salivary calculi stones have been known to develop as a result of a poor diet and poor oral hygiene, so leading a healthy lifestyle is very important.

Q: Can I do anything to relieve pain from salivary stones?
A: Pain relievers such as aspirin and Tylenol may provide relief from the pain involved with salivary gland stones. Massaging the area on the outside of your face and applying a warm compress may also help as well.

Q: If I can see my salivary gland stone, should I attempt to dislodge it myself?
A: In some cases, a visible stone may dislodge itself naturally. You should not attempt to remove the stone yourself, as this could lead to unnecessary and potentially hazardous trauma in the area.

Q: Where do salivary calculi stones form?
A: Sialolithiasis most commonly occur in the submandibular glands of a person, or the sides and base of the mouth. Though they are not as common, sialolithiasis have also been seen in the parotid gland.

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If you believe that you may be suffering from sialolithiasis or chronic parotid gland infection, our doctors are ready to help you overcome your condition today. To speak with an experienced sialolithiasis surgeon in Los Angeles, please call (310) 360-9119 today. Our board certified Ear, Nose, & Throat doctors will be able to address your every question and concern during your initial appointment. To learn about your best options, contact the Salivary Stone Center of Excellence today.

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