Sialolithiasis Symptoms and Treatment

If the chemical substances in your saliva create a root around the small particles in the exit channel of the salivary, stones will form. These stones partially clog up the salivary so during eating a significant amount of saliva can’t get out. Because of this, the gland will soon swell up from the accumulated saliva. This rare disorder is most commonly affecting the submandibular glands in the bottom of the mouth. If you feel a swelling under your chin or below the jaw line, especially if the swelling is increasing during a meal, get in contact with your doctor or dentist. They will be able to perform a roentgen shot of your mouth. If this doesn’t confirm the issue, a myelogram needs to be performed. If you have stones in the exit channel of the salivary, your doctor can remove these with local anesthetics. Sometimes these difficulties have a recurrent nature so in this case a minor operation is done with which the exit channel is cleared. With this being opened, saliva can avoid the exit channel and drain almost directly from the gland which reduces the possibility of any further stone development and damages done to the exit channel.


Depending on how complete the blockage is – symptoms may vary. Some of the typical symptoms include intermittent pain, gland swelling, minor pus discharge, a lack of saliva and a hard lump. In some cases you may notice a small lump and tenderness right on the front of your jaw which happens during a meal when there is a request for a significant amount of saliva to be extracted.


Again, treatment methods depend on how sever the stones are. For beginning conditions it may be good enough to chew on lemons for an example as these motivate the gland to work harder and supply the oral cavity with more saliva. This may be enough for the stone to get expelled spontaneously. If this doesn’t work, a specialist may massage the stone out of its sitting.

In case the stone is meant to be removed surgically, it’s important that antibiotics are used, especially if there are any incisions made around it. Since the stone is basically accumulated saliva it is filled with bacteria which may or may not be dangerous.

One of the most recent therapy methods for this is to use shock waves which then disintegrate the stone. Depending on how severe of a case the stone was this may be the most efficient and painless method of them all. Regardless of which method is used, it’s important to know that this isn’t a fatal condition but may cause a lot of issues in your life. This means that you should always visit your doctor (or dentist in this case) to check out the lumps you’re feeling. The sooner you treat the problem, a lesser amount of consequences will happen afterwards and you will have a much happier time treating the condition as it is starting.

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Rani Vyas

Rani Vyas

I'm a Medical Consultant Doctor with a keen interest in Medical bioinformatics and genuinely intriguing way of presenting boring medical knowledge in an enchanting and eye catching way.

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