The doctor may remove the tonsils during your appointment. It’s a minor and painless procedure, but if you are really sensitive, the doctor will use a local anesthetic. There are also some other possible treatments of tonsil stones, which your doctor may recommend you.
If no methods work or the tonsil stones keep coming back, your doctor might recommend you a surgical removal of not only the tonsil stones, but the whole tonsils. However, it’s always a last resort only when all the other ways fail to help.
There is a lot of controversy about the method of tonsillectomy. Some doctors believe that it’s the worst possible solution as once our tonsils are removed, our organism starts to be vulnerable to various infections as the role of tonsils is to protect us from bacteria and viruses.
On the other hand, people who underwent the surgery often say that they get ill as often as before the operation. Moreover, some people even report that they get ill less often.
Fortunately, a partial tonsillectomy is often enough to get rid of the problem. It’s the procedure in which only the fragment of your tonsil affected with the stones is removed while the rest stays unchanged. It’s especially helpful for people who have the problem with recurrence of tonsil stones.
The surgery is rather safe and any complications appear rarely. However, the first days after the operation may be quite troublesome as you may experience some pain or bleeding, and you will have some difficulties while eating.
You will need to rest for a few days and drink a lot of water. In case of strong pain your doctor will prescribe you some painkillers. The greatest advantage of tonsillectomy is that tonsil stones won’t develop in the future any more.
Cryptolysis is more advanced and at the same time less invasive way of tonsil stones removal than tonsillectomy. The two possible types of this procedure are known as laser tonsil cryptolysis and the other one as coblation cryptolysis.
Laser tonsil cryptolysis is a safe and minor procedure, during which a doctor will remove just the pockets and crevices where the tonsil stones are located. He removes the affected tissue with the use of a laser. It’s a painless method and also no special measures must be taken afterwards.
Coblation cryptolysis is actually very similar, but the tonsil tissue is cut with the use of waves. Crevices and pockets which are affected with tonsil stones are removed. You won’t feel any pain and you don’t have to take any special precautions afterwards as well.
Cryptolysis seems to be a perfect solution. However, the biggest disadvantage is that it’s often a short-term method. It happens like that because the tonsil tissues are not removed, which means that tonsil stones might come back in the future.
The least invasive, but also the least effective method of eliminating tonsil stones. The most commonly used antibiotic in case of tonsil stones is amoxicillin. It will create an environment, which is not suitable for bacteria causing the stones.
The problem is that the antibiotic is effective only when you take it and a short time afterwards. Later, it’s very probable that the stones will come back. What’s worse, the bacteria may get immune to the drug and your tonsil stones can grow bigger.
Antibiotics may also cause some side effects such as stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. That’s why, fewer and fewer doctors recommend antibiotics nowadays.
How to Prevent Tonsil Stones
If you finally managed to get rid of tonsil stones, you need to be aware that they may come back. Luckily, there are some preventive measures you can take, which should keep them at bay.
Proper oral hygiene is the most important rule you should always remember about. Never skip brushing your teeth and do it after every meal. Brush your teeth thoroughly for three minutes and clean your tongue too. In this way you will eliminate all the bacteria that may lead to the development of tonsil stones.
Be aware, though, that your toothbrush is also a potential source of bacteria. That’s why change it to a new one every three months even if it still looks good. After brushing your teeth, also clean your toothbrush carefully as if you don’t do that you may later transfer the bacteria to your mouth.
It’s also a good idea to rinse your mouth regularly. You can do it with a mouth wash that you can buy at your chemist’s. However, pay attention if it’s alcohol-free or if at least there is a low percentage of it. You can also prepare your own mouth wash at home.
Just prepare a glass of water and add there some salt or squeeze there some juice from a lemon. Gargle and rinse your mouth with the mixture twice a day and you can be sure that no tonsil stone will dare to form in your throat.