Most people have never even heard of salivary gland stones, so it is no surprise that patients often have a lot of questions about the condition. Here at the Salivary Stones Center of Excellence, our Beverly Hills doctors have found that there are several questions that come up regularly.
1. What exactly are salivary gland stones?
Salivary gland stones are actually fairly similar to kidney stones. They are small stone-like deposits usually made up of calcium that can form in the salivary glands as a result of a built up of debris and/or chemicals in the saliva ducts or an infection.
2. What are the signs and symptoms of salivary gland stones?
Not all salivary gland stones will cause symptoms, but when they do, it is common for patients to experience:
- Pain while eating
- Dry mouth
- Swelling of the salivary gland
Speak to one of our board certified ENT surgeons today if you are experiencing symptoms of salivary gland stones.
3. What treatments are available for salivary gland stones?
The exact treatment for removing a salivary gland stone will depend on each individual case. The doctors at the Salivary Stones Center of Excellence will carefully examine your salivary gland stone condition and recommend the course of action they feel is best. Sometimes antibiotics may be prescribed to help fight infection and break up the stone, but for more severe cases, a sialendoscopy may be indicated. Sialendoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure to remove salivary gland stones. The surgeons at the Salivary Stones Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills are experts in removing painful salivary gland stones with little to no damage to the surrounding areas.
4. Is salivary gland stone removal expensive?
Because each individual case of salivary gland stones is so unique, it is impossible to give one flat rate for removal. We do, however, work with insurance companies to ensure the lowest cost possible for you, as well as offer a cash price. Once you meet with our doctors so that they can assess your condition, we will be better able to discuss the cost.
5. How can I ease the pain of my salivary gland stones?
There are several ways you can ease the pain of salivary gland stones at home. First, some over-the-counter pain relievers may be helpful in reducing the pain and inflammation caused by the stones. Second, many people find that massaging the area helps to ease pain. Finally, a warm compress may be applied to soothe the discomfort. If the pain persists, it is important to visit a doctor to seek treatment.
Call the Salivary Stones Center of Excellence
If you are suffering with pain and discomfort caused by salivary gland stones, contact the renowned physicians at the Los Angeles Salivary Stones Center of Excellence today to schedule a consultation at (310) 360-9119. There are treatments available, so there is no need to suffer through the uncomfortable symptoms any longer.
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