Sialolithiasis – more commonly as salivary stones – occurs when the salivary gland becomes fully or partially obstructed by a calcified mass. There are several underlying medical conditions that can lead to salivary stones in certain cases, but in most cases the development and source can be random and unknown.
Dr. Babak Larian, a surgeon at the Salivary Stone Center of Excellence, regularly provides the best treatment for salivary gland stones pain. The most common symptoms of sialolithiasis are pain and swelling of the affected gland, which can also lead to infection in some cases. Because salivary flow is triggered by hunger, the symptoms tend to get worse when a patient smells, tastes, looks at or even thinks about food.
Symptoms of a Blocked Salivary Gland
The resulting symptoms will depend on the severity of the blockage, the size of the mass, and whether it is a full or partial obstruction. If an infection develops, symptoms may be more severe.
Some of the most common symptoms to watch out for include:
- Pain that comes and goes and seems to be triggered by hunger or around meals could be a sign of a partial obstruction.
- Swelling that corresponds with mealtimes and hunger is another common sign of a partial obstruction.
- Hard lumps at the end of the gland or under the tongue.
- A limited or complete lack of saliva flow is usually a sign of a complete blockage of the gland.
- Pus discharging from the gland indicates an infection.
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Anything from dehydration to dental plaque could factor into the development of salivary stones, and treatments range from non-invasive hydration and use of NSAIDs, to surgical removal.
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