Oral Cancer Screening in Houston, TX
Hearing the word cancer can invoke a significant amount of fear and anxiety. Cancer is a devastating disease that can strike just about anywhere in the body. Oral cancer is the largest group of head and neck cancers that can start just about anywhere in your mouth. This type of cancer affects over 40,000 Americans every single year and can be fatal if it is not detected and treated in the early stages. However, signs and symptoms of the early stages of oral cancer can be difficult to detect. At Edge Dental, we are trained in detecting the earliest symptoms and perform oral cancer screenings at every regular dental exam.
Risk Factors for Oral Cancer
Oral cancer can affect just about anyone. However, there are certain factors, both controllable and uncontrollable, that can increase your risk. Risk factors for oral cancer include
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
The earliest symptoms are often very difficult to detect. For this reason, regular dental exams are crucial. We are experienced in detecting the earliest symptoms, allowing for early diagnosis and treatment. The earlier treatment is provided, the greater your likelihood of making a full recovery. During your dental exams, we check your mouth for signs of any abnormalities. Symptoms of oral cancer include
How is Oral Cancer Diagnosed?
Your regular dental exams are only one part of diagnosing oral cancer. If we find anything suspicious during your routine exam, we then recommend you for a closer examination. During this exam, we focus on the abnormality we have found, looking it over carefully. Digital X-rays or a CT scan may also be taken.
Diagnosing oral cancer also often involves a soft tissue biopsy. This is a procedure that requires us to take a small sample of tissue from the abnormality so that we can examine the cells underneath a microscope. With a soft tissue biopsy, we can determine the presence of cancerous and precancerous cells. If we do find these cells present, we are then able to help you get the treatment you need right away.
Oral cancer screenings are performed at every dental exam. To detect the presence of oral cancer, and any other oral health issues, in the earliest stages, and receive prompt treatment, it is essential that you have your mouth examined every six months. Call Edge Dental at (281) 940-6960 for more information on oral cancer screenings and to schedule your next dental exam today.
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
From crowns and bridges to periodontal care and extractions, Justin Lai, DDS offers a wide range of general and cosmetic dental treatments. If you have a dental concern, Dr. Lai will have a solution.
Edge Dental is equipped with digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras and 3-dimensional cone beam imaging to gain the best possible information about patient dental health. This enables Dr. Lai to view teeth, gum tissue and surrounding bone structures in high resolution from all angles. Based on findings, treatment plans are designed to optimize oral health with minimally invasive procedures.
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