As the name implies, the salivary glands produce saliva, which helps moisten the mouth, assist digestion, and maintain dental health. We have three “major salivary glands” on each side of the neck in addition to hundreds of tiny “minor salivary glands” imbedded within the lining of the head and neck.
The following conditions can develop in the salivary glands:
Salivary gland disorders are rather rare, and thus often poorly understood. Every salivary disorder is unique in its symptoms, but in general there will be some type of swelling noticed either along the cheeks or under the jaw. Infectious and inflammatory conditions of the salivary glands can often be painful and spread. Patients who develop a tumor of the salivary glands will notice a mass that slowly grows over time.
At USF Health, we have established a dedicated center devoted to the study and treatment of salivary gland disorders. Given the rarity of these conditions, we have the specialized skills to treat the full breadth of salivary disorders with cutting edge technologies such as salivary gland endoscopy. Our services range from the diagnosis of inflammatory conditions to complex surgical removal of salivary gland cancers. We treat patients with a range of both benign and malignant salivary conditions.
Minimally invasive salivary therapy:
Salivary stone removal:
Benign parotid and submandibular tumors: