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WHEN IS A SIALOLITHOTOMY PERFORMED?

Broadly speaking, sialolithotomy is performed to remove a stone that can be felt in the floor of the mouth.

If you can’t feel the stone in the mouth, sialolithotomy can become challenging to perform.

A sialendoscope can help you find smaller or deeper stones that you may not be able to feel with your fingers. At that point, you should be able to perform a sialolithotomy.

When a stone is removed, a salivary duct repair (sialodochoplasty) may be necessary to perform in order for the duct to heal properly. Many times sialendoscopy, sialolithotomy, and sialodochoplasty are performed together.