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Velscope Oral Cancer Screening in Bernardsville

Bernardsville Dentist Serving Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, and Far Hills, NJ

In the United States, oral cancer claims someone’s life every hour. Oral cancer is the only cancer that has not shown a decrease in mortality rate 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%.

At Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, we understand the necessity of early cancer detection. This is why we use the Velscope oral cancer screener.

What Is Velscope?

Velscope is an oral cancer detection device, where a light is shined in your mouth that exposes any suspicious tissue on the insides of your cheeks, lips, and floor of 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 handpiece that allow 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 to make 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 (908) 888-9858 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.

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I have been going to Dr. Patti since I was young and she is incredible. I still travel in from NYC to visit her and the team every six months. I cant speak more highly of the team’s talent as well as the comfort I feel in their office. Would recommend their practice to anyone and everyone.
Brooke Macy
Brooke Macy
23:10 01 Jun 22
Exceptional Dentist, amazing staff!!
Cardspunk M
Cardspunk M
23:27 25 May 22
I cannot speak highly enough of my experience at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville and Patti Swaintek-Lamb, DMD along with her tremendous staff. I have been to dozens of dentists over the years and hands down this has been my best experience and I loved my last dentist before I moved away. They are a wonderful combination of professional and caring. Great kindness and respect is shown to their patients. It is very welcoming environment. For those who dread the dental visit I recommend this office that works to create a calming and supportive atmosphere. The dental work/care was excellent from beginning to end and I look forward to my next visit.
Lynda Spencer
Lynda Spencer
22:31 21 Apr 22
I immediately get comfortable. Change is not always easy but the transition to Dr. Patti’s office was seamless, it’s as if they knew me already. The skill and knowledge of all is evident throughout the practice, as well as pride for their profession. I look forward to staying on as a patient for a long time! Thank you
Christina Klausner
Christina Klausner
10:52 30 Mar 22
Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb is an excellent dentist, professional and always listens to what is important to YOU. She has the time, expertise and personal touch while caring deeply about your desires and comfort. My husband, myself and 3 children have been using Dr. Patti for over 15 years and recommend her in the highest regard.
Dana Macy
Dana Macy
15:10 24 Mar 22
Dr Patti and her staff create a caring, professional atmosphere. They take adequate time to make repairs needed and fill cavities as painlessly as possible. Nancy Lee McLure
Frank Siwiec
Frank Siwiec
14:08 24 Mar 22
My two sons, 8 and 10, are both receiving orthodontic treatment from Dr. Patti and I’ve been so happy with their progress. She is very thoughtful and thorough with her plans to give them both a healthier smile.
Francesca Calogero
Francesca Calogero
15:33 16 Mar 22
Dr. Patty what can I say..I will not go to another dentist EVER. Dr. Patty and the staff get 10 BIG stars for the never ending patience they had with me over the years. Thankyou 🙂
Marilyn Zakaluzny
Marilyn Zakaluzny
13:14 23 Feb 22
Dr. Patti and her incredible staff perfectly mix professionalism and brilliance with an ability to make patients feel right at home. I have been a patient for almost 10 years and I couldn't imagine going anywhere else. From teeth cleanings to more invasive procedures, Dr. Patti's team is unmatched. Lately I have been treating for my sleep apnea. I can say without exaggeration that the device Dr. Patti prescribed and developed for me changed my life. I went from fitful nights of frequently-interrupted sleep all while snoring like a jackal, to sleeping through the night without making a sound. My wife may be happier at this development than I am. In short, whatever your dental/sleep needs, look no further than Aesthetic Dentistry.
Anthony Martine
Anthony Martine
16:47 04 Feb 22
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