Oral cancer is a broad term that encompasses cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palates, sinuses, and throat. It often manifests as a painless sore or growth that, if left unchecked, can progress rapidly and become life-threatening. Early detection is crucial for improving survival rates and the effectiveness of treatments.
VELscope® is a groundbreaking device designed to assist dental and healthcare professionals in identifying abnormalities in the tissues of the oral cavity, including those that may indicate the presence of oral cancer. At Patibandla Dental, we use this advanced technology because it is non-invasive, painless, and quick. These characteristics make it an invaluable tool for early detection and improved patient outcomes.
How Does VELscope® Work?
VELscope® is a complementary tool that enhances traditional visual and tactile examinations. The system enables healthcare professionals to conduct a more comprehensive assessment of the oral cavity. If abnormalities are detected during the VELscope® examination, patients can receive prompt follow-up care, potentially leading to earlier diagnosis and improved treatment outcomes.
VELscope® emits a safe blue light into the patient's mouth. The blue light is harmless and poses no risk to the patient. When blue light interacts with oral tissues, it causes different substances within the tissues to fluoresce in various ways naturally. Healthy oral tissues and cells have distinct fluorescence patterns that appear normal under VELscope®'s illumination. However, abnormal tissues, such as those affected by oral cancer or other concerning conditions, may appear with irregular fluorescence patterns.
Our dentist in Canton, OH, uses the VELscope® system to visualize these fluorescence patterns in real time. Abnormal patterns can signal the need for further examination, potentially including a biopsy or additional testing.
The Benefits of VELscope® for Oral Cancer Screening
VELscope® in Canton, OH, significantly enhances the chances of early oral cancer detection, vital for successful treatment and improved survival rates. It enables our dentist to identify potential issues that may remain hidden during traditional visual examinations.
The screening process is non-invasive and painless, ensuring patients are at ease during the procedure.
Quick and Efficient
VELscope® examinations are quick and straightforward, making them easy to incorporate into routine dental checkups without significantly extending the appointment duration.
Enhanced Patient Engagement
VELscope® empowers patients to participate in their oral health discussions and decisions actively. They can view the fluorescence patterns on a monitor in real time, fostering a proactive approach to their health care.
Enhanced Diagnostic Accuracy
The high-resolution images provided by VELscope® assist dental professionals in making accurate and early diagnoses of potential oral health issues, which can lead to improved treatment planning and patient outcomes.
VELscope® Oral Cancer Screening is a beacon of hope in the fight against oral cancer. By shedding light on abnormalities that may otherwise go unnoticed, this innovative technology allows dental professionals to offer early detection and timely intervention. For the best dental care, visit Patibandla Dental at 3507 CLEVELAND AVE. NW, Canton, OH 44709, or call (330) 452-0695.