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After minor salivary glands are removed how long would they take to regenerate?

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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Depends: Ask your surgeon since it depends on the type of original tissue, the extent of surgery, and the resultant tissue type (if adhesions = generally nothing original will grow back). Maybe it will regenerate and maybe it will not.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Minor salivary gland: There are thousands of minor salivary glands in the lining of your lips, cheeks, and throat. If some are removed, there are still many available to maintain good moisture in your mouth. Minor salivary glands do not regenerate once they have been excised.

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