Lenox Hill Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Salivary stones are small, hard deposits that can form in your salivary glands. These stones, which are also called sialoliths, can block the flow of saliva and cause pain or discomfort.
Salivary stones typically occur when there is an imbalance in the composition of saliva. This can happen due to dehydration, infection
While scientists are still trying to figure out what causes salivary gland stones, there is a list of common risk factors that may increase your chances for developing this condition. These include:
The most significant being dehydration and smoking cigarettes or cigars constantly; also make sure you eat well-hydrated food such as applesauce with lunch every day! If it's not already present in our bodies - gum disease can lead us down the path towards becoming sick with sialolithiasis too (though rare). And lastly trauma could trigger an infection at any time so keep those smiles looked after by visiting the dentist often.
With a sialendoscope, the surgeon performs an operation under local or light anesthesia. This new procedure has been found as less invasive than traditional methods for removing stones and allows patients with repeating cases of stone formation to have their problem resolved without major surgery on affected salivary glands
The doctor will insert a 1.3 millimeter micro-endoscope into your mouth and through the natural opening in the salivary gland, where they can see if there are any blockages or issues with flow. This is what causes symptoms such as pain during eating/drinking, stuffy nose etc..
The 3 channels that make up the micro-endoscope have different purposes:
Each channel has its own function, including:
If you feel that you may have salivary stones and would like to set up an appointment with Lenox Hill Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, please contact our either convenient location by calling (718) 428-8900 (Bayside) or (917) 825-8460 (Upper East Side) today.