ORAL CANCER EXAMINATION
An oral cancer examination is a completely painless procedure. During the visual inspection of the examination, Dr. Alina Krivitsky or Dr. Alexandre Aalam checks for abnormalities. This is normally done through evaluating the oral cavity and surrounding areas and tissues for unusual bumps.
Malignant types of cancer can spread to other places in the oral and maxillofacial regions, posing additional secondary threats. Treatment methods vary according to the precise diagnosis, but may include excision, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
During bi-annual check-ups, your general dentist or hygienist should thoroughly look for changes and lesions within your oral cavity. Still, a dedicated comprehensive oral cancer screening should be performed at least once each year with Los Angeles periodontists, Dr. Krivitsky or Dr. Aalam.
ORAL CANCER BIOPSY PROCEDURE
If any suspicious lesions are discovered during the routine oral cancer exam, a biopsy will be performed. For the biopsy, a small piece of the lesion is removed by Dr. Krivitsky or Dr. Aalam, and then sent to a laboratory for microscopic analysis. Once the biopsy report comes back, Dr. Krivitsky or Dr. Aalam will develop a specific treatment plan for the patient based on the findings. After the biopsy, patients may experience some discomfort or soreness. Most people are able to return to work later that same day.
It is important to note that around 75 percent of oral cancers are linked to modifiable behaviors such as tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption. Other factors include poor oral hygiene, irritation caused by ill-fitting dentures and other rough surfaces on the teeth, poor nutrition, and some chronic infections caused by bacteria or viruses. If oral cancer is diagnosed in its earliest stages, treatment is generally very effective.
Possible Signs of Oral Cancer Include:
Red patches and sores
Red patches on the floor of the mouth, the front and sides of the tongue, white or pink patches which fail to heal, and slow-healing sores that bleed easily can be indicative of pathologic (cancerous) changes.
Lumps or the general thickening of tissue anywhere in the throat or mouth can signal pathological problems.
Not all lesions are cancerous. The lesion may be a cyst, irritated tissue, overgrowth of tissue or the result of trauma. A biopsy will determine whether the lesion is a sign of oral cancer or not.
The CENTER is a periodontal office focused on providing patients with excellent and skilled care, with the goal of restoring oral health and aesthetic appearance. The office is a beautiful environment with a soothing design in which the latest quiet equipment is used for the comfort of the patient. Pain free and gentle treatment meets affordability, and several payment options are available.
Contact Dr. Krivitsky or Dr. Aalam at the Brentwood CENTER to request an appointment, or call 310.826.8242 to set up a consultation today.
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