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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Salivary Gland Stones

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What are possible treatments for salivary gland disorders?

What are possible treatments for salivary gland disorders?

Depends: The most common problem is "sialoadenitis" where the gland gets blocked up, and becomes painful and swollen. This can be initially treated with hot compresses, good hydration (lots of water) and sour foods/liquids taken 5-10x/day (vinegar, lemon juice, sour candies, etc). Ask your doctor for details about what he/she thinks the problem is. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Is there any connection between salivary gland stones & dentures?

Is there any connection between salivary gland stones & dentures?

Stones: Yes conditions to cause saliva stones can cause problems in other places. See our Interist. ...Read more

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What can cause an infection in the salivary gland other than a stone?

What can cause an infection in the salivary gland other than a stone?

Spit gland infection: Any obstruction from stone to adhesions/scar to tumor to trauma. Also, positive oral air pressure can blow bacteria from the mouth into the system. And very commonly dehydration or poor salivary flow from medications, radiation exposure, auto-immune diseases, and diet/life style. ...Read more

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What are possible side effects for treatments of salivary gland disorders?

What are possible side effects for treatments of salivary gland disorders?

It depends: Salivary gland disorders range from viral and bacterial infections, benign and malignant tumors, obstruction, and autoimmune related inflammation.
Treatments depend on the cause of the disorder and side effects depend on the medical or surgical management needed to improve or resolve the condition. ...Read more

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How long until the swelling goes down after removing a salivary gland stone? And also a thin white film over the gland?

How long until the swelling goes down after removing a salivary gland stone? And also a thin white film over the gland?

Salivary gland stone: Depending on if there was a surrounding infection or significant inflammation, it can take weeks for swelling to resolve. See your surgeon if worsening pain, swelling or fevers. ...Read more

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I have a submandblr salivary gland stone — 5.5 mm. Can the stone of this size be removed? How long can I escape surgery as size is unchanged for 3 yrs

I have a submandblr salivary gland stone — 5.5 mm. Can the stone of this size be removed? How long can I escape surgery as size is unchanged for 3 yrs

Yes it can & should: Stones in the salivary glands block the flow of saliva from the gland. This blockage can result in swelling, discomfort and infection. Salivary stones should be removed by an oral surgeon at your earliest convenience. ...Read more

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Salivary gland stones have to be removed? What are the less invisive techinichs for removal?

Salivary gland stones have to be removed? What are the less invisive techinichs for removal?

Sialolith removal: Sialoliths or are removed by surgery traditionally. Sometimes you can take medications to increase saliva flow, drink a lot of water to & massage the area manually to push it through. A newer procedure called sialendoscopy uses tiny microscopes to find and remove the stones. Find a parotid and salivary gland surgeon in your area who can do this procedure and has done it before. ...Read more

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What is the most effective blocked salivary gland treatment?

What is the most effective blocked salivary gland treatment?

Sialendoscopy: Noninvasive technique to remove salivary gland stones. The tiny lighted scopes are inserted into the gland's opening to visualize the salivary duct system and locate the stone. Then, micro instruments are used, and the surgeon can remove the stone relieving the blockage. ...Read more

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How can you remove salivary gland stone without surgery?

How can you remove salivary gland stone without surgery?

Sometimes works..: Try sucking on a very sour lemon drop. I have occasionally had success if the blockage is small. The sour drop causes an increase in saliva and it will sometimes push the blockage out. It is worth a try, otherwise, microsurgery. ...Read more

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If I had a salivary gland stone and removed it myself, will it come back?

Salivary stones: Salivary duct stones can reoccur. We don't know the cause of salivary stones but dehydration may be a factor, so make sure you are well had rated and have a healthy diet. An oral surgeon would be the best person to see if you think you are having many salivary stones because this can lead to long term problems such as scarring. ...Read more

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If you have a salivary gland stone do you have an operation to remove it?

Sometimes: Just like a kidney stone, it may be possible to pass the stone in your salivary gland duct. Surgery is possible if you cannot pass it on your own. ...Read more

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I'm having symptoms of blocked salivary gland/ salivary stone, what can I do while waiting to see my doc?

Sugarfree hard candy: Go get some sugar free sour/bitter hard candy. Suck on that and it will cause you to salivate and might push out the stone. ...Read more

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What would be the treatment for a salivary gland issue?

Depends: It depends upon what the issue is. Treatment may range from no treatment to removal. Without more information it is difficult to say. ...Read more

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Does sour candy really help treat salivary gland stones?

Yes: Sour foods help saliva production. The hope is that, with the extra saliva production, your gland will expel the stone. ...Read more

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What procedure can remove a 5.5mm stone from sub salivary gland or the gland has to be removed?

What procedure can remove a 5.5mm stone from sub salivary gland or the gland has to be removed?

Surgical removal: The stone can usually be removed surgically without removing the gland itself, but not in 100% of the cases. ...Read more

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Can salivary stones be present without salivary gland swelling? One inner cheek swollen but dentist said salivary gland not swollen. What to do next?

Can salivary stones be present without salivary gland swelling? One inner cheek swollen but dentist said salivary gland not swollen. What to do next?

Second Opinion: Salivary duct stone can cause a blockage of the flow of saliva, which can lead to inflammation, pain and swelling. Get a second opinion and imaging tests from a doctor experienced with salivary gland (ENT, Dentist or Oral Surgeon). ...Read more

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Who is the best head and neck surgeon(s) or hospital in america for salivary gland stone removal?

Who is the best head and neck surgeon(s) or hospital in america for salivary gland stone removal?

Depends: Start out by seeking out a surgeon who is skilled in endoscopic salivary gland stone removal. This is manner of stone treatment is getting more and more popular. Which hospital the surgeon works out of is not as important as the procedures are usually outpatient and can even be done in the office. ...Read more

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My husband's gp diagnosed a swollen salivary gland and is sending him to see an ent. What kinds of tests and treatment can we expect?

Gland: Salivary glands typically swell from a blocked duct. The blockage can be a mucus plug which generally passes or a hard calcified plug which an oral surgeon can remove. It is common and I would suggest the oral surgeon first as this is an oral issue more than an ear nose or throat issue. Simple for the OS to diagnose. ...Read more

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I suffer from salivary gland stone. Infection started more than 7 days without relief even though I'm treated with augmentin for a week. Is it normal?

I suffer from salivary gland stone. Infection started more than 7 days without relief even though I'm treated with augmentin for a week. Is it normal?

May need to see...: May need to see oral surgeon or ENT to have the stone physically removed. They can be difficult to pass. ...Read more

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Any tips for post radioactive iodine treatment like using baking soda to brush teeth or sucking on hard candies to decrease salivary gland swelling.?

Any tips for post radioactive iodine treatment like using baking soda to brush teeth or sucking on hard candies to decrease salivary gland swelling.?

First 24 hours: Iodine is excreted through kidneys, saliva, and sweat. After radioactive dose drinking as much fluid as possible to excrete excess radioactivity through kidney. 1.5 hours after rx sour candies or gum to get rid of excess secretions through saliva. Solid meal not until 6 hours after dosing. Most excess radioactive iodine excreted in first 24 hours. Rest accumulated in thyroid gland. ...Read more

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Not sjogens no tumor no stones or blockages just swollen salivary glands?

Inflammation: The salivary glands can be swollen due to inflammation. Have you ruled out bacterial or viral infections? Also, dryness tends to cause inflammation. Several products are available to keep your mouth moist. The easiest way to improve dryness is drinking water. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about what it's like to have a stone in their salivary glands?

Can you tell me about what it's like to have a stone in their salivary glands?

Try this: I have had some patient success with this technique. Suck on the most SOUR lemon drop you can find. If the stone is small enough, the build up of saliva will push the stone out. It can take several attempts. If unsuccessful, see an Oral Surgeon or ENT (Otolaryngologist). ...Read more

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What are the latest treatment of adenocystic carcinoma of salivary glands?

What are the latest treatment of adenocystic carcinoma of salivary glands?

Standard: I searched the nih database over the last decade and found no breakthroughs. This is a difficult tumor that is slow-growing but generally unresponsive to chemotherapy, though surgery may be curative and radiation may give temporary control. See whether you can get into a study. ...Read more

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How can I treat lower salivary gland pain?

Diagnosis first: Unless you are a dentist, you can't be sure that the pain you are experiencing is in fact coming from your salivary gland. It might well be a lymph node or something else such as an infection. Please see your dentist or even better yet an oral surgeon for a proper diagnosis and then the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Salivary Gland (Definition)

There are major and minor salivary glands. The major glands (parotid, submandibular, and sublimgul) are paired on each side of the jaw. There are about 300 minor glands scattered about the mouth and throat. They all produce saliva which keeps the mouth moist and helps with ...Read more