Sialadenitis, a common type of salivary gland infection, is commonly treated at La Peer Health System’s Center of Salivary Stone Excellence in Los Angeles. The world-renowned ENT’s at our medical center strive to always provide each patient with the best treatment and care possible relating to their condition. Whenever possible, our doctors use minimally invasive techniques to treat and cure patients experiencing problems relating to salivary gland stones or infections.
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What Is Sialadenitis?
Sialadenitis presents itself as an inflammation or infection of the salivary glands, which can be quite scary for those who have never experienced this type of condition before. Sialadenitis can occur in both the major and minor salivary glands in a person’s body and often form as a result of infected bacteria or a virus. Salivary glands are responsible for the secretion of saliva within our mouth, and play a very important role in every day life activities like chewing, swallowing, and even speaking.
When a person is experiencing Sialadenitisor chronic sialadentis, they may often have symptoms that include the following but are not limited to:
- Pain & Swelling (Sometimes While Eating)
- Visible Stones
- Dry Mouth
Upon scheduling your appointment with an experienced Los Angeles salivary gland stone surgeon, the best course of treatment for managing a painful or swollen salivary gland will be decided upon. Most frequently, salivary stones are treated and cured with the help of oral antibiotics, drinking plenty of water and fluids, and massaging the salivary glands for pain relief.
In severe cases of chronic sialadentis, surgery may be a necessary option when large stones or abscesses are present in the salivary glands. The physicians of the Los Angeles Salivary Stone Center of Excellence pride themselves on their ability to provide patients with technologically advanced minimally invasive treatment options for a quicker and easier recovery.
Sialadenitis (Salivary Gland Infection) FAQ’s
If you are currently suffering from sialadentis, it’s important to become educated about your disorder. Listed below are common frequently asked questions that our ear, nose, and throat doctors hear often.
Q: How did my sialadenitis become infected?
A: There are several different ways that a person may contract a salivary gland infection like sialadentis.
Q: What are the most common symptoms of sialadentis?
A: Though symptoms of this condition vary from person to person, commonly reported symptoms include dry mouth, fever, swelling in the glandular area, pain while eating, salivary stones, and pus in the mouth.
Q: What is the best treatment option for my sialadenitis?
A: Until an experienced Los Angeles salivary stone doctor can see you, it is difficult to say. However, common treatments involve oral antibiotics, drinking plenty of water, massaging the glands, and in severe cases, surgical removal.
Q: What kind of doctor should treat sialadenitis?
A: A board certified head and neck surgeon or ear, nose, and throat doctor is often the best choice for the treatment and management of salivary gland infections like sialadentis. Because they have years of training, these types of surgeons are highly regarded and experienced in their fields.
Q: How will I know if I need surgery?
A: It will be difficult to know whether or not you will need surgery until you can be examined by a board certified physician at the Center of Salivary Stone Excellence. After a doctor sees you and depending on the severity of your infection, your treatment plan will be determined.
Q: How is a sialadenitis diagnosed?
A: Upon scheduling your appointment, a Los Angeles salivary gland stone surgeon will examine you in their office. During this time, they will determine what is causing your infection.
Q: Can poor oral hygiene cause a sialadenitis?
A: Yes, poor oral hygiene can in fact cause sialadentis, however it is not the only cause. Chronic illnesses and other types of bacteria can lead to this type of salivary gland infection.
Q: What should I do if I think I have sialadentis?
A: If you suspect you have sialadentis, you should contact an experienced Los Angeles ear, nose, and throat physician to schedule an initial consultation, during which you will be examined and the best course of treatment for your condition will be layed out.
Contact An Experienced Sialadenitis Doctor Today
Treatment and management of Sialadenitisis extremely important in curing the condition and should always be sought in a timely manor. If you would like to schedule your initial consultation with a prestigious board certified head and neck surgeon in Los Angeles today, please contact the Salivary Stone Center of Excellence by calling (888) 576-5946. To assure that your every concern is addressed, our world-renowned doctors will work with you to answer any question that you may have regarding your Sialadenitis surgery or treatment.
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Please read this WebMD article on sialadenitis.
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