Sudden swelling…

The other night I had my own dental emergency when my neck started suddenly swelling.  A small stone in the duct from my salivary gland caused a block that had the gland growing to three times it’s size.  I spent about 30 minutes in front of the mirror trying to work the little stone out, finally it came free and the swelling started to go down.  By the next morning I felt back to normal.  Salivary gland stones happen most often to young and middle aged adults and sometimes are large enough to require surgical removal, mine was the size of a grain of sea salt.

If you ever find yourself in a similar situation do not feel reluctant to call your dentist, we’re happy to help.  Moist heat, drinking more water, and working the stone out of the duct will all help relieve the situation.  People most often notice a blocked duct under their tongue during meals when the body normally produces more saliva.  After freeing the stone, it is always a good idea to contact your dentist to take a look, especially if your gland doesn’t feel completely normal within 24-48 hours.

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