Complete Oral Cancer Screening
Our practice continually looks for advances to ensure that we are providing the optimum level of oral health care to our patients. We are concerned about oral cancer and look for it in every patient.
Some Facts About Oral Cancer
- One American dies every hour from oral cancer
- More than 25% of oral cancer victims have no lifestyle risk factors such as tobacco or alcohol
- Studies suggest that human papillomavirus (HPV) plays a roll in more than 20% of oral cancer causes
Patients ages 18-39; sexually active patients (HPV)
Patients age 40 and older; tobacco users (ages 18-39, any type within 10 yrs)
Patients age 40 and older with lifestyle risk factors (tobacco and/or alcohol use); previous history of oral cancer
What is oral cancer?
Oral cancer begins in the mouth, also called the oral cavity. This region of the body includes the lips, the inside lining of the lips and cheeks (called the buccal mucosa), the teeth, the gums, most of the tongue, the bottom of the mouth, and the bony roof of the mouth, or hard palate.
In addition, oral cancer can also develop in the oropharynx, which is the part of the throat that is just behind the mouth. When cancer occurs here, it is called oropharyngeal cancer or throat cancer, and can include the back of the tongue, the back of the roof of the mouth, the tonsils, and the walls of the upper throat.
The oral cavity and oropharynx are key to the healthy functioning of the body. They help us breathe, eat and speak. Salivary glands in the oral cavity start breaking down food as we chew an essential part of digestion.
We have recently incorporated VELscope powered by Sapphire into our oral screening standard of care. We find that using VELscope powered by Sapphire along with a standard oral cancer examination improves the ability to identify suspicious areas at their earliest stages. VELscope powered by Sapphire, along with the doctor’s visual exam, is similar to other proven early cancer detection procedures, such as mammogram, Pap smear, PSA test. VELscope powered by Sapphire is a simple and painless examination that gives the best chance to find any abnormalities at the earliest possible stage. Early detection of pre-cancerous tissue can minimize or eliminate the potentially disfiguring effects of oral cancer and possibly save your life. As a patient in our office, the VELscope powered by Sapphire exam will be offered to you annually.
Emergency Dental Care
Emergency dental attention is a service we hope you’ll never need, but most definitely available in our office. If at any time you are experiencing a toothache, the pain from infections or abscesses, swollen gums, broken dentures, loose or lost crowns, cracked or fractured fillings or a broken tooth, do not hesitate to give our office a call. While these dental emergencies should be taken care of promptly, they don’t always happen at the best times.
If you experience any of these symptoms or problems, please give our office a call as soon as possible. We will try our best to get you into our schedule in a timely fashion. If your emergency should occur after office hours, call our emergency number and Dr. Deehan will get back to you as soon as he can. While dental traumas are rare, they can happen, and it’s important to know we will take care of your emergency. Dr. Deehan is committed to relieving your pain whenever possible, and he will do whatever is needed to get you back to feeling comfortable again.
Our state of the art digital x-ray system, not only exposes our patients and staff to far less radiation then typical x-rays, but also is more sensitive than traditional dental x-rays. Digital x-rays allow our office to clearly see the entire tooth and root structure as well as surrounding bone and tissue. They give us the opportunity to detect and diagnose issues before they are visible to the naked eye, and before they can cause significant damage and pain.
At your appointment, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have concerning digital x-rays. Your happiness is our first priority.