An oral cancer exam is a visual screening to look for irregular patches or sores in the mouth. This exam is also performed alongside a comprehensive dental exam. Our dentist at Dental Specialists & Implant Center at The Woodlands will look for discolored tissue, ulcers, growths, or lumps on the mouth's soft tissues during this exam. Our dentist will check your cheeks, tongue, gums, the roof of your mouth, and the floor for any abnormalities.
After a thorough visual exam, our dentist may perform additional testing as necessary to further inspect the suspicious area. This may include taking a small tissue sample for testing to determine if it is cancerous. If cancer is detected, our dentist will work with you to create a treatment plan best suited for your needs, which will most likely include a referral to an oncologist.
The oral cavity contains many tissues, including gums, salivary glands, tongue, and lips. When cancer develops in any of these areas, it is referred to as oral cancer. These cancers can develop anywhere within the mouth but are most common on the lips, back of the throat, the mouth's floor, and the mouth's sides.
Mouth sores that do not heal within three weeks are often signs of oral cancer and should be examined by a dentist as soon as possible. Early diagnosis provides the best chance for survival and improves treatment outcomes. Routine oral cancer screenings are essential; every patient should utilize them.
How Is Oral Cancer Treated?
The earlier oral cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of successful treatment. If caught early, the survival rate for oral cancer can be as high as 90 percent. At your oral cancer exam, we will carefully examine your mouth to look for signs of cancer. If we see any suspicious tissue, we will perform a biopsy and test the sample for cancer. Once we’ve determined the type of cancer and how far it has spread, we will choose the best treatment plan for you. Treatment could include surgery to remove the cancerous cells or some healthy tissue around the affected area to better access and treat the cells. If cancer has spread to other areas, we may refer you to a specialist for treatment. Our goal is to help prevent the disease's spread and restore your health and comfort. We also want to catch this disease early so you can feel confident with your appearance and oral health.
If you want more information about oral cancer screenings, visit Dental Specialists & Implant Center at The Woodlands at 3117 College Park Dr #230, The Woodlands, TX, or call (936) 231-8937.
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