In the United States, oral cancer claims the life of someone every hour. Oral cancer is the only cancer that has not shown a decrease in mortality rate in over the past 30 years. This is why early detection is so important. In fact, if oral cancer is detected early enough, the National Institutes of Health report that the five-year survival rate could be as high as 80 percent.
At Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, we understand the necessity of early cancer detection. This is why we use the Velscope oral cancer screening.
What Is Velscope?
Velscope is an oral cancer detection device, where a light is shined in your mouth that exposes any suspicious tissue inside your mouth (called mucosa). By detecting pre-cancerous lesions early, the Velscope can help save thousands of lives.
How It Works
Velscope works by emitting a cone of blue light into your mouth. This light reacts with molecules in your cells and causes them to absorb the light energy and re-emit them as a fluorescent glow. There are special optical filters in the instrument’s hand piece that allows our dentist to see the different fluorescent patterns. In doing this, we can determine which cells are normal and which are abnormal.
Healthy tissue will give a green glow and suspicious tissue has a loss of fluorescence that will cause it to appear darker. This exam takes about three minutes and can make a dramatic difference in your oral health.
Our Commitment to You
At Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, we are committed to your oral health, as well as your overall health. That is why we provide Velscope oral cancer screening with every appointment. This screening tool also allows us a more informed decision when deciding whether or not a suspicious area of your mouth should be biopsied. This is beneficial for our patients, because chances are slim that you will have to undergo a biopsy for cells that are benign.
The best foundation for a beautiful smile is oral health and hygiene. Velscope is just one of the tools Dr. Swaintek-Lamb and her team use to help patients keep their teeth, gums, and entire bodies in top shape. Please call our dental office at (800) 672-8518 or contact us online to arrange an appointment. Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville serves patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills and surrounding areas in New Jersey.