Managing and treating salivary gland stone symptoms and chronic infections of the salivary glands can be an extremely tedious and difficult task to deal with. At the La Peer Health Systems Salivary Stone Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our world-renowned doctors use the most technologically advanced and minimally invasive treatment methods to conquer sialolithiasis. With an extreme focus on excellent patient care, our doctors are well aware of the importance of providing only the best outcomes possible.
If you suspect you might be afflicted with sialolithiasis, it’s important to contact our medical center to schedule an appointment with an expert board certified Ear, Nose, & Throat surgeon.
What Are Salivary Gland Stone Symptoms?
A person may experience sialolithiasis symptoms when chemicals in the saliva are present or as a result of a severe salivary gland infection. Salivary gland stones are also commonly referred to as salivary duct stones, and are generally made up of entirely calcium. Most commonly, these stones occur in the submandibular glands, which are located at the base of the mouth, though they can become present in the parotid glands as well. It is very common for people affected with the condition to experience multiple stones, and in certain cases, develop chronic and reoccurring infections.
Sialolithiasis cannot always be tied back to a specific cause, but risk factors including but not limited to the following are well documented:
- Poor EatingFsalivary
- Specific Medications
- Mouth Gland Trauma
Symptoms of Salivary Gland Stones
If a person is experiencing sialolithiasis, symptoms may range from non-existent to extreme pain. Usually, if a stone is very small and still in the beginning stages of forming, there are not symptoms present. When the stone becomes larger and blocks the saliva duct, this is when pain, swelling, and dry mouth can set in. In severe cases, symptoms may include a fever or chills. When symptoms are present, it’s important to visit an experienced Los Angeles salivary stone surgeon.
Diagnosing salivary gland stones is most often done through an x-ray or CT Scan, but can also be diagnosed through an ultra sound. In all cases, a physical examination is also helpful.
Symptoms of Salivary Stones FAQ’s
For those who are experiencing mouth gland stones for the first time, our physicians understand that you may not fully be aware of what your condition entails. To make things easier for you, our board certified Ear, Nose, & Throat doctors have compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions that we hear during initial appointments.
Q: How will I know if I’m suffering from sialolithiasis?
A: Generally, stones will ultimately result in some form of sialolithiasis symptoms, which can involve pain while eating and swallowing, discomfort in the affected area, dry mouth, and fever or chills in severe cases. If you believe you may be experiencing this condition, it’s important to seek help from an experienced Los Angeles salivary stone surgeon.
Q: Who is best suited to manage treatment of the condition?
A: A board certified Ear, Nose, & Throat doctor is often the best individual to manage or treat symptoms of salivary stones and infections, such as a swollen salivary gland or blocked mouth gland.
Q: Are calcified deposits in the mouth glands painful?
A: Salivary gland stones may or may not be painful, depending on the size and placement of the stone. If the stone has grown to block the saliva duct, pain is more likely to be experienced.
Q: Is treatment for sialolithiasis covered by insurance?
A: In most cases, salivary gland stone treatment is absolutely covered by insurance. At our medical center, we work closely with insurance companies to ensure that our patients to not pay more than is necessary.
Q: What causes sialolithiasis?
A: Sialolithiasis occurs as a result of an infected salivary gland and also due to chemicals in our saliva. When you are able to be examined by an experienced physician, your cause will be determined.
Q: What is the best treatment option for me?
A: Unfortunately, our expert physicians will not be able to provide you with the best treatment options until you are able to be seen in an office setting and fully examined by an ENT at our medical center. During this time, the best treatment outcomes to manage your symptoms of sialolithiasis will be discussed.
Speak With An Experienced Los Angeles ENT Today
Treatment for sialolithiasis is extremely important in curing the condition and should always be sought whenever the patient first suspects a problem. If you would like to schedule an appointment today with a prestigious board certified Ear, Nose, & Throat doctor in Los Angeles, please contact the Salivary Stone Center of Excellence by calling (888) 576-5946. To assure that patients are met with the best service possible, our world-renowned doctors will work with you to answer any question that you may have regarding the symptoms that you are experiencing as a result of your sialolithiasis while outlining the best possible treatments for your unique situation.
Please read this WebMD article on sialolithasis.
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