are salivary stones dangerous
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What happens if you have a stone in your salivary gland?
If the stone blocks the salivary duct, the gland can become infected, a condition called sialadenitis. A doctor may be able to feel a salivary gland stone while examining a patient, or see one by using imaging technologies such as a CT scan or ultrasound.
What increases my risk for salivary stones?
Trauma to the salivary glands may also raise the risk for salivary stones. The stones cause no symptoms as they form, but if they reach a size that blocks the duct, saliva backs up into the gland, causing pain and swelling.
Who is most likely to get a salivary gland stone?
The condition is more likely to affect people age 30 to 60 and men are more likely to get salivary stones than women. Of all salivary gland stones, 80 percent form in the submandibular salivary glands, but they can form in any of the salivary glands, including:
What are small stones in the salivary glands?
Salivary gland stones. These are small stones that form in salivary glands in your mouth and can block your flow of saliva. They’re not usually serious and you may be able to remove them yourself. Check if you’ve got salivary gland stones. Most stones appear below your tongue in one of the tubes (glands) supplying saliva to your mouth.