Tonsil Stones

Tonsil Stones

Tonsil Stones

Tonsil Stones, or Tonsilloliths is a common condition that can cause unpleasant bad breath. White lumps are produced from the cracks, crevices and fissures of the tonsils where food becomes trapped. Over time, through movement, the food becomes squashed together to create white lumps which eventually move to the surface. They usually have a cheesy consistency, but can sometimes be hard and stone-like. Tonsil Stones can be associated with bad breath and recurrent sore throats, or a persistently sore throat – chronic tonsillitis caused by the inflammation of the tonsils.

The London ENT Unit provides swift diagnosis and treatment for tonsil and tonsil stones removal.


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To ask a question, make an enquiry or book an appointment, contact our specialist team who are available between Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and on Saturday from 9.00am to 3.00pm. Our ENT team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs.

 If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP. You can simply refer yourself and book an appointment.

If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

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Tonsil Stones (Tonsilloliths)

Tonsil Stones, or Tonsilloliths is a common condition that can cause unpleasant bad breath. White lumps are produced from the cracks, crevices and fissures of the tonsils where food becomes trapped. Over time, through movement, the food becomes squashed together to create white lumps which eventually move to the surface. They usually have a cheesy consistency, but can sometimes be hard and stone-like. Tonsil Stones can be associated with bad breath and recurrent sore throats, or a persistently sore throat – chronic tonsillitis caused by the inflammation of the tonsils.

The London ENT Unit provides swift diagnosis and treatment for tonsil and tonsil stones removal.

Tonsillotomy – For Tonsil Stones, Bad Breath, Tonsillitis

Tonsil stones can be treated by many techniques, including the use of picks, cotton buds, water jets to remove them.

For patients who desire a long term cure a partial removal of the tonsils (tonsillectomy) aiming to vapourise away the crypts, cracks, crevices etc which are the cause of tonsil stones, whilst preserving a significant amount of tonsil tissue can be an effective long term solution.  This can take place using a local anaesthetic spray with no injections. This partial removal aims to This means the muscular bed and blood vessels of the tonsils are not exposed – so pain is vastly reduced, and, in our series of over 400 tonsillotomies under local anaesthetic, not a single patient has needed admission or emergency re-treatment. Tonsillotomy also treats tonsillitis – as the size of the tonsils reduces, so does the severity of tonsillitis. This is used in patients who need to minimise time off work, or do not want a general anaesthetic laser tonsillectomy.

This treatment can take up to 15 – 20 and patients are able to spend minimal time away from home or work with 30 minutes recovery only where there will be having pulse and blood pressure checks, and the option to have something to eat and drink. No time off is required during the next few days as the tonsil surface heals. Simple over-the-counter medication such as paracetamol or ibuprofen are all that is required. The procedure itself if performed sitting upright in a dental-type chair. The local anaesthetic spray wears off 10 minutes or so after the procedure has been completed.

Contact Our Tonsil Stones Experts

Our experts at London ENT Unit have many years of experience in dealing with tonsil stones and are able to perform advanced procedures such as a tonsillotomy to ensure you relief from any pain or discomfort that you may be experiencing. For any questions or to book an appointment we recommending contact our ENT team by calling 020 7078 3841 or emailing us at londonent@hje.org.uk.

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