Oral Cancer Screening
Fort Worth, TX
Oral Cancer Screening at HomeTown Dental at Alliance is an examination procedure which aims at detecting signs of cancer in the mouth of our patients. Pre-cancerous and cancerous signs are spotted through this mode of examination. The key aim of the procedure is to check for early signs of mouth cancer for further treatment. Many dentists perform mouth screening activities during regular dental check-ups, however, others perform additional tests for identifying distinctive cell activities in the mouth. An oral cancer screening does not reduce the risk of cancer; however, it simply helps detect abnormal conditions in the mouth of people who could be prone to cancer due to certain activities like tobacco use and alcohol consumption and previous cancer history.
Purpose of an Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screenings help in spotting cancer cells or lesions that are the initial signs of mouth cancer. If any initial signs are spotted, further treatment can be taken so that the cancerous cells do not expand and become life-threatening. Doctors recommend receiving an oral cancer screening only after analyzing factors like previous oral cancer history, heavy alcohol consumption, tobacco product intake, and other risk factors. Despite all of its benefits, there has not been a consensus in the scientific community about the hard statistics of oral cancer screenings. However, we firmly believe in taking every measure possible for our patients, so we include this procedure free of charge as part of our routine examinations. Without much evidence, doctors do not recommend a patient to go for an oral cancer screening.
Limitations of Oral Cancer Screening
Though the screening process helps detect early cancerous cells or lesions, it has certain limitations as well. Oral cancer screening often leads to more complex examinations since the simple screening process cannot differentiate between cancerous and non-cancerous sores or lesions in the mouth.
Another limitation of the process is that oral cancer screening cannot detect all types of mouth cancers. Only those sores or lesions visible with the naked eye can be recommended for further procedures. Our dentist may suggest further screening only if the signs are very profound.
Oral cancer screenings are generally performed during a regular dental visit. Therefore, no special preparations are required. Our dentists analyze the inside of your mouth to look for abnormal cell activities. This could manifest skin patches, lumps, sores, lesions or abnormal redness inside the mouth. The dentist further checks the throat and neck for the same. The process is carried out with the necessary precautions. You can go for an oral cancer screening procedure after consulting your doctors or after spotting abnormal cell activities in the mouth. Certain dentists perform additional tests for oral cancer screening. These tests involve oral cancer screening dye, oral cancer screening light, etc.
In case the doctor spots abnormal cell activities in the mouth, you would be further suggested for additional examinations, which can confirm the cause of the symptoms. Usually, a doctor recommends a few medications followed by a follow-up visit. In certain cases, a biopsy procedure is also recommended, which can further confirm cancerous cells' presence in the mouth.
Visit us to know more about oral cancer screening and its benefits. For more information, call HomeTown Dental at Alliance at (682) 312-6878 today.