Salivary Gland Diseases


Drs. Rothman and Dr. Kim have expertize in the diagnosis and treatment of many different kinds of Salivary Gland Disorders. Treatment, as with any disease, depends on the disease type and how advanced it is.

The most common cause of salivary gland problems is a blocked salivary gland duct (a tube through which saliva flows from the gland into the oral cavity). Such a blockage causes swelling of the gland and can also cause pain.

These blockages tend to occur from build up of calcium in the duct over time and eventually form stones which block the flow of saliva. An infection of the affected gland may ensue. Sometimes, it was an infection in the gland that led to the formation of the stone. In some cases, a stone forms in the gland itself, before even reaching the duct. In any case treatment is necessary to resolve the infection and to remove the stone.

Other salivary gland swellings, not associated with blockages or infections, can indicate the presence of a neoplasm or new growth. These neoplasms are tumors, which could be either benign or malignant. These findings are quite serious and one should not delay to have them checked out.

  • Multiple symptoms can present with Salivary glands diseases
  • Swelling painful or non-painful under the chin
  • swelling painful or non-painful over your cheek and under your earlobe
  • Unusual swelling in the roof of your mouth
  • Swelling under your tongue
  • Pus that drains into your mouth
  • Strong or foul-smelling pus
  • A fever
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