It’s important to note that although most salivary gland masses are benign, they can be cancerous and should be evaluated by a professional. SFENTA providers are highly experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of salivary gland masses. If you’re interested in an evaluation, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

Treatment Methods for Salivary Gland Masses 

The primary form of treatment for salivary gland masses is surgery, which includes partial or complete removal of the gland. By removing the gland completely, patients will have long-term relief from the side effects of the masses and no longer have recurring growths.

The surgery is performed through incisions inside the mouth. During the procedure, the surgeon will remove either a portion of or the entire gland as well as some of the surrounding tissue. The incisions will then be closed. After the procedure, the surrounding tissue or gland may be biopsied to ensure that there is no cancerous tissue. 

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More on Salivary Gland Masses

We have three pairs of primary salivary glands inside our mouths. These include the parotid, sublingual, and submandibular glands. Other (more minor) salivary glands can be found in other areas of the body. The exact cause of salivary gland masses is not known at this time. The three sets of primary glands are the most common locations for masses, but they can be found on any salivary gland.

Symptoms of Salivary Gland Masses 

  • Difficulty swallowing 
  • Pain or sensitivity near the salivary glands
  • Facial weakness or numbness
  • A lump or swelling in the jaw, neck, or mouth

Your Treatment with SFENTA

SFENTA’s network of ENT specialists has been helping patients across South Florida improve their health for over 30 years. Over this time we have grown, expanding to over 30 locations throughout the area with a staff of over 50 providers in our network. Our office has set itself apart by providing each patient with:

Patient-Centered Care

One-on-one care with our team of physicians, ensuring you get the time, care, and attention you deserve.

Continuity of Care

Each member of our staff strives to create an exceptional patient experience, ensuring your visit exceeds your expectations and makes you want to return.

A Network of Highly Trained Physicians

We’re built an unparalleled physician network that utilizes internal collaboration to advance treatment methods and patient outcomes.

The Security of a Community Staple

After helping patients in the South Florida community for over 30 years, you can feel confident in your care with SFENTA.

Salivary Glands Masses FAQs

Who is at risk for salivary gland masses?

Because the cause of salivary gland masses and cancers is unknown, it can be challenging to determine who is at risk. Age, radiation, and certain toxic exposures put patients at higher risk. If you begin to feel a mass or any symptoms, it is important to have them evaluated by a trained professional.

Does having a salivary gland removed impact normal function?

Removing one gland will have little effect on your normal salivary gland functions. Your provider can offer more specifics if removal is required for treatment.

Are salivary gland masses cancerous?

No. Most salivary gland masses are, in fact, benign. While salivary gland masses can be cancerous, they rarely are.

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