Salivary Gland Disease
There are three pairs of major salivary glands: parotid, submandibular and sublingual glands.
We see patients with a variety of common conditions affecting these glands, including infection, growths and duct blockage with stones.
These conditions are often investigated using a variety of X-rays and scans.
The treatment you have will depend on which gland is affected.
Parotidectomy (a procedure on the parotid gland)
The parotid gland is a salivary gland which lies immediately in front of your ear. Saliva drains from it through a tube that opens on the inside of the cheek, next to your upper back teeth. The most common operation on this gland is to remove a lump.
Removal of submandibular gland
The submandibular gland is a salivary gland, about the size of a plum. It lies immediately below your lower jaw. Saliva drains from it through a tube which opens on the inside of the mouth, under the tongue and immediately behind the lower front teeth.
The most common reason for removing a submandibular gland is because of an infection. This usually occurs if the tubes that drain saliva become blocked. Blockages usually happen because of stones, which can form in your mouth and block your flow of saliva.
Removal of sublingual gland
The sublingual gland is a salivary gland about the size of an almond, which lies underneath your tongue in the floor of your mouth. Saliva drains from it through a number of small tubes which open on the inside of your mouth, underneath the tongue. The most common reason for removing a sublingual gland is because of a blockage to these drainage tubes. This can lead to a swelling (ranula).
Mr Michael Esson, Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
Mr Andrew McLennan, Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
Mr John Bowden, Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
Where to find us
RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW
Level 1, Area J
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
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Children and young people
We have a full remit of investigation and treatment for children and young people with salivary gland conditions.
Multiple routine, new and follow-up clinics at RD&E Wonford.
Follow-up Clinics at Tiverton Hospital, Axminster Hospital and North Devon District Hospital.