About Oral Cancer Exam
Thanks to advanced technology and more thorough screenings, oral cancer can be detected more accurately and earlier than ever before. At Cosmetic Dental Associates in Houston, TX, the highly experienced dentists conduct oral cancer screenings during yearly dental exams. Utilizing advanced dental technology like the VELscope, the dentists can use the handheld device to view any abnormal cells that have developed. The device is great for early detection since the dentists can see the troublesome cells before they even develop into cancer. With early detection, patients have a much better prognosis and can lead a longer, healthier life.
Oral Cancer Exam Reviews
"Great experience! A lot of people think they only do cosmetic dentistry, but not true! I went for a regular exam and teeth cleaning. The office is beautiful and very clean. The equipment they are using looks very high-tech. They can take panoramic X-rays, and can also take HiDef pictures of your teeth and then show you a close-up picture of each of your teeth while you are still laying in the chair using a flat panel display on a swing arm. The wait time was minimal and the hand-offs from reception to dentist to hygienist were fast and smooth. The best thing so far is the staff. They are very friendly and don't seem like they are in a hurry. They take their time, are very thorough, and make an effort to slow down and explain things. Dr. Riley did my exam...he's a cool guy and made me feel comfortable. Don't feel like you HAVE to get Dr. Davis. They work together as a team and you can't go wrong with either one. I usually FEAR going to the dentist, but I really want to take care of my teeth and this place makes me feel right at home. Highly recommend!"- S.M. / Yelp / Dec 14, 2016
"I've been a patient for a number of years with this dental office. It's always been nothing short of excellent, but now, it just got even better when I wasn't expecting that it could. The essence is that Dr.Davis' staff stays up to date on the latest available technology and that matters a lot these days, as quickly as new products are coming out. I had a routine cleaning done, but this time they used a baking powder pressurizer that was phenomenal. I had never had such a great cleaning that took stains off which I thought would only go away with a veneer redo - saving me a ton of money. Many thanks! "- A. / Demandforce / Sep 14, 2014
"I was listened to by Dr. Davis, I felt silly not being able say or show exactly where my problem was in my own mouth. Dr. offered ideas and clues so that he could solve the problem. This was not new he always listens."- J. / SmileReminder / Apr 23, 2015
"I worked almost exclusively with Colt Riley. I was impressed with both his obvious competence and his personable demeanor."- M. / SmileReminder / Sep 18, 2015
"Spiker took care of my family and myself greater than 40 years. He is ever mindful of improving his position by bringing in new technology to his office and keeping a responsible staff. Thanks"- S.N. / Facebook / Feb 19, 2016
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
While the symptoms of oral cancer can vary from patient to patient, the most common symptoms include:
- Lumps or bumps, swollen areas, crusty areas, rough spots, or eroded areas inside of the mouth, on the gums, or on the lips
- Red or white patches in the mouth
- Numbness, pain, tenderness, and/or loss of feeling without explanation anywhere in the mouth, on the face, or the neck
- Bleeding in the mouth without explanation
- Sores that develop in the mouth, on the face, or neck that easily bleed and don’t heal within a 2-week period
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, moving the jaw or tongue, or speaking
This is not an exhaustive list and a patient should seek medical attention as soon as possible if he or she or exhibiting any of these symptoms or any other unexplained symptoms.
What to Expect
During a comprehensive annual dental exam, the dentist will assess the health of the entire mouth, including the gums, teeth, jaw, and bones. If there are any sores, lumps, or bumps in the mouth, on the lips, face, neck, or head, the doctor can visually look at and touch them to see if they are irregular, in addition to taking X-rays. With the handheld VELscope, the dentist will use the special scope to check for abnormal tissue. The fluorescent light is sensitive to abnormal cells and will fluoresce in a unique pattern when abnormal cells are detected. The procedure is simple and doesn’t require special dye and can be performed in around 2 minutes or less.
An oral cancer exam is typically included in the cost of the dental exam, and on its own, it can cost between $15 and $35. Since the dental exam and the oral cancer screening are considered preventative care, insurance normally covers the cost. To confirm coverage, contact your insurance carrier prior to the exam.
Early Cancer Detection
While many patients worry about the cosmetic appearance of their mouth, they might overlook the fact that oral cancer is prevalent and can be deadly without proper detection and treatment. At our dental practice, we take oral cancer very seriously and include a screening during the yearly dental exam. If you are worried about unexplained oral symptoms at any time, please do not hesitate to contact our office for an oral cancer screening.
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