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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 Proud to Smile Dentistry, 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 Proud to Smile Dentistry, 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. Proud to Smile Dentistry serves patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills, and surrounding areas in New Jersey.

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As always, the staff was warm and welcoming and Dr. Patti listened thoughtfully to all of my concerns and was able to address right on the spot!! She does BEAUTIFUL work!!
Janine Rose
Janine Rose
13:03 10 Nov 22
Thank you for a great job
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Eddie Comanche
11:27 10 Nov 22
After a thorough, painfree cleaning by the dental hygienist (Karima), Dr. Patti repaired a molar for me. The injection and filling were painless and she explained everything throughout the process. The entire staff is professional and friendly. Best ever dental experience for someone with dental anxiety.The office very recently underwent renovation and it’s gorgeous.
Doris White
Doris White
02:07 10 Nov 22
A warm and welcoming office . Very professional with the latest technology and knowledge. Always a pleasure.
Diane Quinn
Diane Quinn
23:45 08 Nov 22
The best cleaning I ever had! Very friendly, professional, and courteous. I would highly recommend to anyone!!!
The Rods
The Rods
23:06 19 Oct 22
As someone with a large fear of dentists there is a reason I’ve been coming here for over a decade. The greatest staff, the cleanest and nicest environment, I could go on forever! Just go 🙂
Ashlyn Nicole
Ashlyn Nicole
22:26 19 Oct 22
I always love going to see Dr. Patty and her team. I even met an intern, Paul who is looking to attend Dental School. What a great job giving this young man experience.
Lisa Florio
Lisa Florio
19:58 13 Oct 22
Dr. Patti and her staff are the best. She is very skillful and knowledgeable. She spends time to explain what needs to be done and to answer all questions. She is also a perfectionist who will take as much time as is needed to get the best results for her patients. Her office is state of the art and the staff is also knowledgeable and courteous.
Malinee Sastrasinh
Malinee Sastrasinh
22:59 29 Sep 22
you provide the best dental care in NJ! Thank you!
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