When tonsils become a problem, many people wonder if they should go to the dentist. Unfortunately, dentists don't remove tonsils. However, they can help with manual extraction and provide advice on how to get rid of them. Tonsil stones are a common problem that dentists see frequently, and they can go unnoticed by the patient due to their location in the back of the throat.
Unless you have any noticeable symptoms, you probably won't realize you have them until you have a dental checkup. Tonsil stones form in the grooves on the surface of the tonsil glands themselves and usually appear as hard, white bumps. They can be very small or very large if left in place for a long time, although this is rare. Minor surgical procedures are usually performed for large or particularly painful tonsil stones.
Tonsil stones can be surgically removed by a dentist, oral surgeon, or otolaryngologist (in severe cases). It's less extreme than a tonsillectomy, but most dentists won't recommend it unless tonsil stones seriously affect your life. If you need any advice on how to get rid of tonsil stones, or if you want treatment, don't hesitate to contact Patient Empowered Dentistry today. Most dentists will use a single tool to remove stones; they can also use a water stick or a dental floss with water.
However, if you've never had tonsil stones before, it might be a good idea to see your dentist for a medical check. If you or anyone else has an oral health problem, you should see your dentist or seek other professional dental treatment right away. When narrow palates and restricted airway are also affected, specialized dentistry can help expand the palate and airway and establish nasal breathing.