Salivary Gland Infections
Salivary gland infections are often secondary to stones within the duct which drained saliva into the mouth. Occasionally very thick saliva or a tightening of the duct may also contribute. Conservative measures such as gland massage, heat packs, good hydration and chewing, aid in the resolution of an infection. Antibiotics are often required if there is a significant flare-up with bacterial infection within the gland.
Occasionally surgery is required to remove stones from the duct via direct excision or an endoscopic approach. The salivary gland itself may need to be removed surgically if there are recurrent inflammatory problems or a stone within the gland itself.