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Suffering from salivary gland stones is an uncomfortable and potentially painful condition, but in the past the one way to remove these nasty little growths was with invasive mouth surgery. However, modern dental medicine now allows dentists to deal with salivary stones quickly, effectively and without the need for painful incisions. If you're lucky, your dentist may even be able to solve your stony issue in a single visit.
What are salivary gland stones, and how do they form?
More properly known as sialolithiasis, salivary gland stones are small, jagged accumulations of calcium and other minerals that form stones within the salivary glands in the mouth. If they grow large enough, they can partially or even block the affected salivary gland, potentially causing a range of symptoms including:
As for what causes salivary gland stones, in many cases they have no obvious cause. However, you may be more likely to develop salivary stones if you are poorly hydrated, malnourished, or taking medications that reduce blood flow (many medications used to treat allergies and abnormal blood pressure have this effect). Stone formation may also be caused by a compromised immune system, or by auto-immune disorders such as lupus.
So how can they be removed without the need for surgery?
There are several ways you and your dentist can approach treatment of salivary stones without having to resort to surgical removal:
Learn more about this condition, and more importantly how to treat it, by contacting clinics such as Rutherford Dental.