The removal of a salivary gland stone is a medical procedure that involves the removal of a stone that has become lodged in one of the salivary glands. Salivary gland stones, also known as sialoliths, can cause blockages in the salivary ducts, leading to pain, swelling, and infection.
Sometimes, a salivary gland stone may be small enough to pass on its own or be treated with medications or non-invasive procedures. However, surgical removal may be necessary if the stone is causing significant pain or blockage.
Patients may be given anaesthesia during the procedure to help them feel comfortable and relaxed. The surgeon will then make a small incision in the mouth or neck, depending on the location of the stone. The surgeon will locate and remove the stone from the affected gland using specialised instruments.
Removing a salivary gland stone is a safe and effective procedure that can relieve symptoms and prevent further complications. It is essential to understand that every patient’s dental treatment can vary depending on their unique situation.