Oral cancer screening is an examination of the tissues in your mouth, your lips, and your head and neck to look for signs of swelling, abnormal areas of tissue, changes in your jaw function, or other issues that could be an indication of cancer. Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry offers oral cancer screenings during your routine dental visits to make it convenient to stay as healthy as possible. The screening takes just a few minutes using traditional techniques combined with the state-of-the-art VELscope Vx blue light system.
If an area of tissue looks suspicious, in most cases your dentist takes a small sample of cells for further evaluation under a microscope. Depending on the location of the tissue and other factors, the dentist may remove the sample using a small brush to scrape away surface cells or may carefully excise a small area of tissue using a local anesthetic to numb the area first.
The VELscope Vx is an award-winning oral cancer detection device. Recognized by the World Health Organization, the VELscope Vx uses special light technology to highlight abnormal areas of tissue inside your mouth, making it easier for your dentist to evaluate them. Your dentist uses the handheld device in addition to traditional intraoral and head and neck exams, especially in areas that are otherwise difficult to assess or visualize.
Oral cancer causes different symptoms, many of which are difficult to detect on your own. The most common symptoms include:
In most cases, you should have an oral cancer screening with each dental cleaning and checkup. Regular oral cancer screenings help ensure cancer is caught in its earliest stages when it’s most treatable. Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry offers free oral cancer screenings to make it easy and affordable to stay healthy.
At Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry, we accept all PPO insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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