When a person is experiencing Sialolithiasis, or one or more salivary gland stones, they may not fully understand exactly what their condition entails. At La Peer Health Systems Salivary Stone Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our board certified Ear, Nose, & Throat surgeons are highly experienced physicians who specialize in the non-surgical and minimally invasive measures for treating sialolithiasis and salivary gland infections.
To speak with a highly regarded ENT in Los Angeles regarding your condition, we encourage you to contact our medical center today to better understand how we can help you.
What Is Sialolithiasis?
Sialolithiasis is the medical term for the formation of salivary duct stones in a patients salivary glands. The main function area of the salivary glands are to produce saliva in the mouth, which aids in our everyday lives by making chewing, swallowing, talking, and even eating possible. The formation of salivary gland stones occur as a result of an infection, virus, and in certain cases, chemicals in our saliva that can become crystallized and block the salivary ducts.
Salivary duct stones can occur in all salivary glands, but are most commonly found in the submandibular glands, which are located in the back of the mouth and on both sides of the jaw. Stones in the parotid glands are also possible, but much more rare.
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In all treatment of salivary gland stones, the ultimate goal is to remove the stone or stones. Non-surgical treatment often involves antibiotics, drinking plenty of water and other fluids, and even massaging the gland and applying heat to the area to reduce pain.
In some cases, removal of the salivary gland may be necessary if the patient is continuously experiencing salivary gland stones or infections in the same area in treating sialolithiasis. At the Salivary Stone Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our doctors use minimally invasive techniques for the removal of stones and a portion or the entire salivary gland in question. Commonly, our doctors rely on a surgical procedure known as a Sialendoscopy for sialolithiasis treatment.
At the Los Angeles Salivary Stone Center of Excellence, our board certified ENT’s aim to address our patients every question and concern. Listed below are many of the initial concerns that we hear often. If you have additional questions, we encourage you to contact our medical center today to speak with an experienced salivary stone surgeon.
Q: How is Sialolithiasis diagnosed?
A: Sialolithiasis , or salivary duct stones, are most commonly diagnosed by having the patient undergo an x-ray and a physical examination.
Q: What are the common symptoms of Sialolithiasis?
A: Most commonly, sufferers of the disorder may experience pain while eating, swelling in the affected area, fever, more than one stone.
Q: Who should treat people afflicted with Sialolithiasis?
A: Enlisting the help of a board certified Ear, Nose, & Throat doctor is always the best idea for treating sialolithiasis. ENT’s have the greatest understanding of the salivary glands and the most vast knowledge in the treatment and removal of salivary duct stones.
Q: Can salivary stones be prevented?
A: Because some salivary duct stones can occur as a result of poor oral hygiene, it is important to always follow an appropriate oral care regimen. Some stones are a result of infection, which cannot always be prevented.
Q: How do I know if I have Sialolithiasis?
A: If you are experiencing pain, swelling, or can visibly see a stone on the floor of or in the back of your mouth, you may be experiencing Sialolithiasis, which can affect saliva production. If you suspect this to be the case, please contact the Los Angeles Salivary Stone Center of Excellence for further diagnosis.
Q: Will sucking on citrus fruits like a lemon help relieve Sialolithiasis?
A: Sucking on citrus fruits does promote salivation, which can lead to spontaneous expulsion of the lodged stone. It’s recommended that you visit a board certified ENT in Los Angeles to make sure that your condition is properly managed.
Q: What is the best treatment option for Sialolithiasis?
A: Until you visit an experienced salivary stone surgeon at our medical center, it will be difficult to say what treatment is ideal for you. Most often, patients are treated with antibiotics, while certain cases require surgical removal of the stone.
Contact An Experienced Sialolithiasis Doctor Today
At the Salivary Stone Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our board certified ear, nose, and throat doctors are ready to help you overcome your condition today. If you would like additional information about how our world-renowned surgeons can improve your quality of life, please contact us today to schedule your initial consultation by calling (888) 576-5946 . Soalolithiasis is an extremely treatable disorder when managed by an experienced and thorough physician who focuses on the needs of their patient.
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Please read this WebMD article on sialolithasis.
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