Oral Cancer Exams in North Miami Beach, FL
Early Detection for a Healthy Smile
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 30,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year, with 7,000 of them resulting in death. Luckily, early detection dramatically increases the effectiveness of treatment and the five year relative survival rate. That’s why, at Dr. Abbo Advanced Dentistry, our dentists help protect your oral health to ensure you’ll live a longer, healthier life by providing oral cancer screenings.
What Is Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer is found within the tissues and structures of the oral cavity, including the lips, tongue, mouth, hard and soft palate, throat, cheeks, and sinuses. This usually begins with an asymptomatic stage where the usual cancer signs may not be noticeable. This makes the oral cancer examinations performed by our dentists critically important.
Common symptoms of oral cancer include:
- Persistent sore throat
- Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
- Sores on the face, neck, or mouth that don’t heal
- Loss of feeling or pain in the face, neck, or mouth
- Feeling like something is caught in your throat
- Lumps on the gums, lips, or mouth area
Oral cancers can be of varied histologic types such as teratoma, adenocarcinoma and melanoma. The most common type of oral cancer is the malignant squamous cell carcinoma. This type of oral cancer usually originates in lip and mouth tissues.
Our dentists encourage you to contact our North Miami Beach, FL office by dialing (305) 945-0909 if you notice any of these symptoms or experience any dental pain.
Reasons for Oral Cancer Exams
When oral cancer is caught in its earliest stages, treatment is more effective. Any noticeable abnormalities in the tongue, gums, mouth, or surrounding area should be evaluated by a health professional as quickly as possible. During an oral cancer exam, your dentist will carefully examine your oral cavity, face, and throat for any signs or changes including:
- Red Patches & Sores: Red patches on the floor of the mouth, the front and sides of the tongue, or pink patches which don’t heal easily may be signs of cancerous changes.
- Leukoplakia: This is a hardened white or gray, slightly raised lesion that appears anywhere inside the mouth. Leukoplakia can be cancerous or may become cancerous unless treatment is sought early.
- Lumps: Soreness or a general thickening of tissue anywhere in your throat or mouth can be signs of pathological or cancerous problems. If you notice any unusual sensations, it’s important to seek treatment as early as possible.
It is important to note that around 75 percent of oral cancers are linked with modifiable behaviors such as smoking, tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption. Your dentist can provide advice and instructions on making positive lifestyle changes to protect your oral health.
Diagnosis & Treatment
The oral cancer exam is completely painless and routine. Dr. Abbo will check for abnormalities or bumps around your face, glands, and neck. Lasers are also utilized to help Dr. Abbo look under the surface of your skin. If any lumps or lesions are detected, your dentist will implement a diagnostic impression and treatment plan. A biopsy may also be performed on the affected area, which includes a clinical evaluation that will identify the grade of the lesion.
Treatment for oral cancer will depend on the diagnosis, spread, and severity of the issue. This can include excision, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. During your bi-annual check-ups, your dentist will look for changes in your mouth. We recommend that you undergo a comprehensive oral cancer examination at least once a year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to undergo an oral cancer examination?
Our dentists recommend getting an oral cancer exam once every year. Since every case is different, some patients may be more at risk. Early detection often leads to effective treatment, which is why you should get one done during one of your bi-annual visits. If any potentially dangerous tissues are found, we can refer you to a specialist for treatment.
How much does an oral cancer exam cost?
The exact cost of your oral cancer screening will depend on a number of factors, such as what tests your dentist deems necessary and your insurance policy. Our expert dentists at Dr. Abbo Advanced Dentistry recommend that you call your provider beforehand to get a greater understanding of your coverage. We also provide a variety of financing options to make your treatment more accessible and affordable.
Protect Your Smile With an Oral Cancer Exam
Early detection can dramatically increase your chances of surviving oral cancer. That’s why at Dr. Abbo Advanced Dentistry, our dentists recommend getting an oral cancer exam once a year. We have years of experience and technology to help detect possibly cancerous and precancerous tissues, so patients who require treatment can begin as soon as possible.
To learn more about how oral cancer exams can protect your oral and overall health, contact our North Miami Beach, FL office by calling (305) 945-0909 or by filling our online form. Our practice proudly serves patients who live in the Norland, Ojus, and Keystone Islands, FL areas. We look forward to helping you protect your smile for years to come!
If you have any questions or concerns about oral cancer, please ask your dentist or dental hygienist.
Dr. Abbo Advanced Dentistry
3031 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
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