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Can I Live Without a Submandibular Gland?


Posted on 4/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Photo of submandibular gland at Rai Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Virginia Beach, VAThe submandibular glands, located beneath the mouth and behind the lower jaw, are critical to saliva production. They come in pairs and secrete adequate saliva to ensure your mouth is moist and lubricated. However, one or both submandibular glands can develop infections or become blocked due to salivary stones or malignant tumors, leading to inflammation and tenderness. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon can perform submandibular gland removal to resolve the issue.

When Is Submandibular Gland Removal Recommended?


While submandibular glands are integral to saliva production, they can become blocked or develop an infection, warranting their removal. Certain medications, inadequate fluid consumption, and malignant illness can lead to submandibular gland infections that require the removal of the glands.

In other cases, salivary stones might block the submandibular gland ducts, compelling your OMS surgeon to excise the glands. A surgeon may also recommend submandibular gland removal to control excessing drooling or salivation.

Even after removing your submandibular glands, the remaining salivary glands will produce sufficient saliva to help facilitate oral functions. Your body has three pairs of salivary glands that perform similar functions to the submandibular glands.

What To Expect During Submandibular Gland Removal


Your OMS surgeon will conduct several imaging tests and CT scans before recommending submandibular gland removal. The procedure takes several hours but requires a single visit. We will administer local or general anesthesia to make you calm and comfortable before commencing surgery.

The surgeon will incise the crease below the jaw to locate and access the infected or blocked submandibular gland. The team will then separate the gland from the surrounding tissue before excising it. The last step involves stitching the wound. You may have to spend the night at the hospital following surgery as we monitor your progress.

Aftercare and Recovery


Submandibular gland removal rarely leaves scars. The incision is too minor to cause scarring. However, the wound might take several weeks to heal. During this period, avoid strenuous tasks and keep the surgical site clean and dry to expedite recovery. Adhere to the recovery and aftercare guidelines given by your surgeon to prevent complications.

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Inflamed, blocked, or diseased submandibular glands can cause various complications. Our experienced OMS can help diagnose and treat these issues.







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