About Cancer Screenings
During a regular dental examination, our board-certified dental physician, Dr. Todd McCracken, will check for signs and symptoms of oral cancer. Because of the gravity of the disease, and the increased rate of survival in early diagnosis, Laser Smile Studio in Denton, TX, has invested in VELscope® Vx technology. The VELscope® Vx is used in conjunction with Dr. McCracken's inspection tools and emits a blue light, much like a black light, which will illuminate problem areas in the mouth. This visual inspection is quick and does not typically cause any discomfort. Recent studies have shown that many lifestyle choices can cause oral cancer, so patients who smoke or drink excessively should be sure to schedule their dental exams on a once yearly basis. If you would like to schedule your dental exam, contact our office today.
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What to Expect
Taking only a couple minutes of your appointment time, the oral screening with the VELscope technology is fast and painless. Using light, the VELscope is passed over the teeth and gums while Dr. McCracken performs a visual examination. Dr. McCracken will also be using his fingers inside of your mouth, checking the surface of the skin for any bumps or abnormal soft tissue textures. If any areas are of concern, Dr. McCracken may schedule a biopsy to excise the tissue for further testing.
Men and women over the age of 18 should have an oral cancer screening at least once a year. If you use any type of tobacco products regularly, have a family history of oral cancer, or see a lesion in your mouth, you should make it a priority to have an oral screening at Laser Smile Studio regularly.
The cost of an oral cancer exam is usually between $15 – $35, and is included in the cost of the patient’s dental exam. Since this is a preventative procedure, oral cancer exams are usually covered by dental insurance. If this service is not covered by your insurance, you can talk to our front office staff about your out-of-pocket costs.
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We use the latest in oral health technology to diagnose patients to give more treatment options and a better oral health. We hope you will consider our office a trusted, comprehensive dental practice where you can get the services and screenings needed for optimal health. Call and schedule your appointment today.