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- How Expert Surgeons Perform Parotid Reconstruction
If your parotid gland function has been impaired for any reason, such as a parotid tumor, you may need surgery. Read more >
Why Parotid Gland Health is Important
Saliva is important to maintaining oral and digestive health. When our salivary glands are not functioning properly, we can experience a variety of problems. The parotid glands, the largest pair of salivary glands, can suffer from several conditions that may impair normal saliva production. Babak Larian, MD, FACS, and his team at the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery in Los Angeles, are experts at treating the most common parotid gland conditions with minimally invasive surgery.
Saliva & Oral Health
Saliva production keeps the mouth lubricated, which aids in speaking, chewing, and maintaining overall mouth cleanliness. In fact, saliva has antibacterial properties that fight germs. Without enough saliva, you can experience bad breath, as well as tooth problems and gum disease. Saliva also washes food particles off of the teeth to prevent a buildup of particles that could eventually wear down tooth enamel.
Proper salivary gland function also helps accelerate the healing process. Cuts and other wounds in the mouth actually heal more quickly because of the proteins in saliva. Without the right amount of saliva flowing through the mouth, a small mouth wound could take a long time to heal and affect your ability to eat without pain.
Saliva & Digestion
Not only does saliva help keep the mouth healthy, but it also aids in the digestion process. Saliva contains amylase, an enzyme that digests starches to initiate the process of digesting food. It also serves as a lubricant that guides chewed food through the digestive tract.
Parotid Gland Disorders
There are many disorders that can affect the salivary glands, particularly the parotid glands, and impede saliva production. Some of the most common parotid gland conditions include, but are not limited to:
- Parotid gland tumors
- Parotid stones
- Parotid cysts
Some of these disorders, such as parotid stones, don’t always require surgical treatment, as they can clear up on their own. However, some people experience recurring stones or parotid infections that can cause painful symptoms and impede saliva production. For patients experiencing these recurring problems, Dr. Larian can perform minimally invasive parotid gland surgeries to correct the condition. For instance, someone with a parotid gland tumor may need a micro-parotidectomy, a minimally invasive procedure in which Dr. Larian removes the parotid gland. Dr. Larian is one of the only doctors in the U.S. who performs this minimally invasive surgery.
Contact Dr. Larian for a Parotid Gland Consultation Today
If you are experiencing trouble with your salivary gland function and think you may have a parotid gland condition, contact Dr. Larian at the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery in Los Angeles. Dr. Larian and his team of parotid gland specialists have a solution for your parotid gland condition. Call (310) 461-0300 today to schedule a consultation.
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