One of the most dangerous aspects of oral cancer is the way that its symptoms are so similar to other oral and even general health problems. While many of those symptoms can manifest as obvious oral health problems, a sore throat, sores appearing near the mouth and even earaches can all be indicators. In order to get the peace of mind that you need or to begin considering the next step in your treatment, you need a regular screening from the dentists and team at Advocate Dental of Palatine. Our office features the VELscope® oral cancer screenings in Palatine, Illinois. Dr. George Skoog or Dr. Alla Shtilman will make these screenings a part of your routine visit with us. However, you should call our office at 847-359-8732 to schedule a screening whenever you notice something out of the ordinary with the soft tissue of your mouth.
Unlike a simple visual screening, the VELscope system allows our dentists to detect cancerous or precancerous conditions in the earliest stages before they become detectable to the unaided eye. The earlier a problem is detected, the easier it is to treat, the less impact the treatment has on your smile and the higher its rate of success. The system employs a fluorescent light, which causes abnormal tissue to appear differently than healthier tissue. Once the area has been identified, our dentists can take a sample for a biopsy. The VELscope process is quick and non-invasive and could save your smile and your life. Call our office today to schedule your screening with our team.