Parotid Gland Tumors
Saliva is the watery liquid in the mouth that is used for lubrication for chewing and swallowing, aiding digestion, and protection of the teeth and soft tissues of the oral cavity. Saliva is produced by salivary glands, the largest of which is the parotid. Any swelling at the side of your face may be the result of a parotid tumor. The majority of parotid tumors are benign, but all parotid masses require work up. The facial nerve which is involved in the functioning of the muscles of the face runs through the parotid gland. This nerve can be affected if parotid tumors are ignored. If you have noticed a swelling in the area of your parotid gland please contact us to arrange a consult to discuss how we can help you manage your parotid gland tumor.