An oral cancer screening in Roanoke, Virginia, is a beneficial treatment that can help you in many ways. More importantly, it can help you prevent and identify oral cancer. With the help of an oral cancer screening, your smile will remain in tip-top shape and your dentist, Dr. David Jones and Dr. Priyanka Dutt, will be able to treat the cancer at the early stages of development, which can ultimately save your life.
We generally offer oral cancer screenings during your routine dental cleaning and checkup appointments. This makes it easy for us to examine the smile and do what we can to restore your oral health. To help you know a little more about an oral cancer screening, we have provided the answers to the following questions:
What is involved in the screening?
The screening process involves your dentist visually examining your entire oral cavity for signs of oral cancer, like red or white sores or patches. Then, she will feel the tissues in your mouth for any bumps or abnormal characteristics. If you wear dentures, you’ll need to take the appliance out of your mouth so your dentist can examine the tissues underneath it.
What if a sore is found?
If a sore is found in your mouth, your dentist may want to perform additional tests. An oral exam alone will not be able to tell if the sore is cancerous or not. The best way to completely test the sore is to remove some of the cells and test them for cancer, which is called a biopsy.
Who could benefit from an oral cancer screening?
Typically, patients who use tobacco products, have heavy alcohol use, have had previous cancer diagnosis, and have had a history of sun exposure would greatly benefit from an oral cancer screening. However, anyone can request the treatment if they are concerned that they are a victim of the disease.
For more information about oral cancer screenings, call Roanoke Dental Care today at 540-685-0105! Our team is more than happy to meet with you and tell you all you need to know about a screening. We are also happy to provide a screening if you feel it is necessary. We are here to help you in any way we can!