Removal of your Salivary glands
It is not very pleasant to talk about dry mouth, gland swelling, mouth and jaw pain and experiencing a bad taste in your mouth but, in the Oral Maxillofacial world, these are uncomfortable symptoms that oral surgeons hear about frequently. You will obviously want to discuss this with your dentist or GP in the first place, but it may be that your salivary glands have become blocked and infected. You may then need to see a specialist Oral Maxillofacial consultant surgeon.
Your salivary glands are the size of a plum and are found on either side of your neck below the jaw. It produces saliva from small ducts (tubes) at the front of your mouth. The ducts can sometimes get blocked with stones which causes swelling and pain; these symptoms can get worse when you are eating.
At that point, the best cure for this condition maybe the surgical removal of your affected salivary glands. Usually the tissue will also be sent away to histology for analysis just as a precaution against other issues.
The removal of one gland will not reduce your saliva output so that your mouth becomes dry as there are many other salivary glands left that will keep your mouth moist. This is normally a day case surgical procedure performed under a general anaesthetic but much depends on the scale of the issue.
If you would like any further information about this procedure or if you would like to book an appointment with our Oral Maxillofacial surgeon please contact our friendly and helpful team on 01245 474070.