VELscope® Advanced Oral Cancer Screening Test

Oral cancer screening is an important part of your biannual dental appointments. We use VELscope® technology at our Warsaw, IN, dental office to detect signs of oral cancer that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Dr. William Stofer places great emphasis on preventive dental care to help our patients maintain healthy smiles for life. By catching oral cancer at its earliest stages, we can help you receive the targeted care you need. Contact Dental Solutions today to schedule an appointment and learn more.

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About Oral Cancer

Oral cancer describes any type of cancerous tissue that develops within your mouth or the back of your throat, or pharynx. Most dentists perform a visual check to look for any abnormal tissues on your tongue, cheeks, gums, throat, jaw, and the roof of your mouth. In many cases, however, oral cancer is not visible and does not present any noticeable symptoms. The VELscope® device allows our dentists to detect even very slight signs of pre-cancer and cancer.

In the case that oral cancer does present symptoms, they may include:

  • White or red patches on your tongue, gums, and other oral tissues
  • Throat blockage or swelling
  • Oral pain, numbness, or tenderness
  • Difficulty chewing, speaking, or swallowing
  • Pain in one or both ears and the surrounding tissues
  • A visible growth or thickened area within your mouth
  • General soreness in the mouth

If you have noticed any symptoms associated with oral cancer, make an appointment with our team. We will schedule a special appointment for you before your regular cleaning to screen you for oral cancer and other lesions.

The VELscope® Screening

Whether you are coming in for a regularly scheduled cleaning appointment or have set up an oral cancer screening because of symptoms, we will perform a thorough examination of your oral tissues. Dr. Stofer will look for any visible dysplasia (abnormal growth) within your mouth. Next, we will perform the VELscope® test.

VELscope® screening is performed with a handheld blue-spectrum light. Your dentist will carefully move this light around the different areas of your mouth and look for any changes in fluorescence. The blue-spectrum of light the VELscope® emits is sensitive to abnormal tissues and will highlight any areas that call for further examination. The VELscope® procedure takes just a few minutes and is completely painless.

If Dr. Stofer detects any potential dysplasia within your smile, we may perform a biopsy or recommend that you see a specialist. To perform a biopsy, a small amount of the suspicious-looking area will be excised and sent to a laboratory for testing. Your dentist will determine which step is best for you based on the state of your oral and general health.

Feel Confident in Your Oral Health

Oral cancer screening is an important part of preventive care. Caught early, oral cancer has many treatment options with very high success rates. Ensuring that your smile is free from dangerous tissues is easy. Simply maintain your regular visits to Dental Solutions, and speak with us if you discover any change to your oral health between visits. To schedule your appointment and ask any questions you have about oral cancer, contact Dental Solutions today.

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Dental Solutions

Dental Solutions has been providing high-tech, family-friendly dentistry to the community for over 20 years. We are affiliated with various noteworthy organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Indiana Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Kosciusko County Dental Society
  • Indiana Dental Association
  • Chicago Dental Society

To visit our highly rated dental office, call us at (574) 269-1199 or request an appointment online.

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"Fantastic staff from making my 1st appointment on the phone, extremely friendly, great cleaning and very knowledgeable! Dr. Bill is very personable & put me at ease, we made a dental plan for some extensive dental work I’ve been putting off. Found my new dental home at Dental Solutions, feeling very comfortable & welcomed!
Thank You!"

Renee T.

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