Oral Cancer Screenings in Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect, IL
A thorough extraoral and intraoral examination is a routine part of each hygiene appointment.
We check for any variances from normal, or any changes from the previous appointment. This Cancer Examination will allow any serious condition to be caught at the earliest possible time when treatment is the most effective.
The extraoral assessment includes an inspection of the face, head, and neck. We detect any abnormalities in TMJ, lymph nodes and salivary glands such as swelling, enlargement, hard ( firm) consistency, irregularities or tenderness under palpation.
The intraoral examination includes appraisal of lips, tongue, cheeks, hard and soft palate, floor of the mouth, throat, uvula and tonsils. Changes in color, texture, and presence of ulcerations, lesions, swelling or inflammation are early indication of some systemic diseases, inflammatory conditions or even cancer.
The Importance of Early Detection
Early detection of pre-cancerous tissue can minimize or eliminate the potentially disfiguring effects of oral cancer and possibly save our patient’s life.
It’s now easier than ever to detect oral cancer early when the opportunity for a cure is great. We incorporated velscope as a routine part of our dental examination. Velscope is a simple and painless examination that gives the best chance to find any abnormalities at the earliest possible stages of change.