Salivary Gland Disorders
Salivary Gland Disorders can be characterized by painful swelling under the tongue or cheek that can worsen when eating. The salivary glands are responsible for producing saliva that keep your mouth moist and aid in digestion of our food. Several diseases can affect the salivary glands and can range from infectious (viral or bacterial), inflammatory, autoimmune or cancerous origins.
Blocked salivary glands however are the most common source for salivary gland issues. A stone can form in one of the ducts that supply these glands. Additionally, dehydration or autoimmune causes may dry out the glands which also cases blockage of salivary secretions. If a mass is causing an obstruction of the salivary gland, imaging of this area including CT scan or MRI may be done, in addition to a biopsy of the area to rule out any suspicious or cancerous cells. ENTs are also trained to perform surgery when indicated for stones, growths, or other salivary gland problems.