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Oral Cancer Screening

Regular screenings for oral cancer are a critical aspect of oral health care. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of oral cancer, as well as to conduct thorough examinations and diagnostic tests, making them instrumental in the early detection and management of this disease. 

Oral cancer can develop in various parts of the mouth, including the lips, tongue, gums, cheeks, and throat. Detecting oral cancer in its early stages can greatly improve the chances of successful treatment. 

Oral Cancer Symptoms

The following symptoms should be evaluated:

  • Persistent mouth sores or ulcers
  • Red or white patches in the mouth or on the lips
  • Unexplained pain or discomfort in the mouth, throat, or face
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Changes in voice or persistent hoarseness
  • Sudden unexplained weight loss
  • Swelling, lumps, or bumps in the mouth, neck, or throat
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Ear pain
  • Altered taste or unusual metallic taste in the mouth
What Can I Expect for a Oral Cancer Screening?
an oral surgery patient receiving an oral cancer screening

When you come in for an oral cancer screening, you can expect a thorough examination of your mouth and throat. We will carefully inspect your lips, tongue, gums, cheeks, palate, and the back of your throat for any unusual signs or symptoms. The goal is to identify any abnormalities or potential warning signs of oral cancer. This examination is painless and relatively quick, and it serves as an essential component of maintaining your oral health. If we notice any suspicious areas, we will discuss the next steps, which may include additional tests or a biopsy to confirm or rule out cancer.

Recovery times can vary depending on the complexity of the procedure and individual healing factors. It is important to follow the provided guidelines diligently and attend any follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.

TMJ surgery offers the potential for significant improvement in your quality of life by reducing pain, restoring jaw function, and alleviating related symptoms. Our experienced team is committed to providing personalized care, addressing your unique needs, and guiding you through every step of the process.

During the oral cancer screening, we will use a combination of visual inspection and tactile examination, looking for changes in tissue color, texture, and any unusual growths. In some cases, we may use a special light or other diagnostic tools to get a better view. It’s a non-invasive process, and you should not experience any discomfort. If we find any areas of concern, we may recommend further evaluation, such as a biopsy. Rest assured that our primary goal is to identify any potential issues early so we can provide you with the best possible care and treatment, if needed.

an oral surgery patient receiving an oral cancer screening

After an oral cancer biopsy, it’s normal to experience some mild discomfort or soreness at the biopsy site. This discomfort usually subsides within a few days, and we will provide you with specific post-biopsy care instructions to help manage any pain or swelling. It’s important to avoid irritating or traumatizing the biopsy area during the healing process. If the biopsy results indicate that cancerous cells are present, we will discuss treatment options and provide you with the necessary support and guidance. Please remember that not all biopsy results indicate cancer, and early detection through biopsies is a critical step in ensuring the best possible outcome for your oral health.

Recovery times can vary depending on the complexity of the procedure and individual healing factors. It is important to follow the provided guidelines diligently and attend any follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.

We invite you to schedule a consultation to discuss Oral Cancer Screening further.

We encourage you to schedule a consultation to discuss your specific oral cancer concerns and explore the surgical options available to you. Our skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeon will explain the procedure in detail, address any concerns, and develop a tailored treatment plan to diagnose and treat your condition.

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