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Is Stenson duct normal in mouth?

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Published At May 13, 2018
Reviewed AtSeptember 25, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Is Stenson duct normal in the mouth? They are located right next to the upper second molar on each side of the cheeks. Mine do not hurt and my doctor told me to rinse my mouth with salt water every day and they will go away. They are very annoying because you can feel them with your tongue. I do not know if other people have them in their mouth but I was just wondering if this is a normal thing. Please help and is there any way to get them out of your mouth?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Normally, the ducts are not felt by the patient or individual. Sometimes this can happen as in your case. It is not any pathological condition it is a normal anatomical defect that happens one in thousands. Yes, you do not need any treatment for it, in case you handled in for too many years. Now you have a problem with it, you can visit an oral surgeon, with simple minor surgery you can get rid of them any time. After checking your image (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I think you must not worry about it. My opinion will be do not think too much about it. It does not need any treatment. You may also take over-the-counter antibiotics for five days if it is infected. That will take care of it.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray
Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray


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