Salivary Gland Disorders

Salivary gland disorders vary widely, from common but painful obstructions and infections, to benign or malignant tumors. At Columbia Otolaryngology, our world-class team of physicians and surgeons is deeply experienced in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of all salivary gland disorders. We are committed to helping you find the least invasive treatment for your salivary gland issue.

Treatment for salivary gland diseases is either medical or surgical. When surgery is required, great care must be taken to avoid damage to the facial nerve located in the gland. Our surgeons rely on the most advanced surgical techniques to provide the best outcome for your surgery.

The Salivary Glands

The salivary glands produce the saliva which is constantly moistening your mouth. Saliva also initiates digestion, maintains oral hygiene, and helps to control the amount of good and bad bacteria in your mouth. There are three major salivary glands, which secrete saliva into your mouth through small tubes called ducts.

  • The parotid gland makes 25% of your saliva and drains into your mouth near the upper teeth.
  • The submandibular gland makes 70% of your saliva, which it secretes into the front portion of your mouth under your tongue.
  • The sublingual gland makes 5% of your saliva and drains through multiple ducts in the floor of your mouth.

In addition to these glands, there are hundreds of minor salivary glands located in your lips, inner cheek, and in the lining of the mouth and throat.

Most salivary gland issues occur when the ducts become blocked and saliva cannot drain.

Salivary Gland Conditions We Treat

Our specialists are experts in the care of patients with:

  • Sialadenitis
  • Salivary stones
  • Chronic Sialadenitis
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Salivary Gland Tumors