Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer Screening

Anytime you have an appointment with us, your health and safety are our top priority. We perform oral cancer screening to ensure that you don’t have any indicators that you may have this form of cancer. 

Our team provides these exams as a part of any oral exam that we do. The doctor will look at your gums and elsewhere inside your mouth to see if there are any discolored areas. Our team will also look for lesions and other symptoms of oral cancer. The doctor will go over your health history to see if you have any lifestyle risks of oral cancer, such as smoking. 

It’s Important to Detect Oral Cancer Early

One of the most important reasons we always perform an oral cancer check is that catching it early is highly important. With early detection, this type of cancer is one of the most curable. Early detection is vital so you can get treatment quickly. Oral cancer screening is a painless and simple process. It is important to your oral health, and it’s an important part of your regular healthcare. 

During the screening, the doctor will look in your mouth and feel certain areas to look for anything that stands out. Your gums, cheek, and tongue will each be examined to see if there are any bumps, lesions, or anything else that shouldn’t be there. 

The doctor will look over your health history and may ask you if you have any sore areas in your mouth. Because oral cancer can be in or around the oral cavity, the doctor will examine the rest of your face and head for any signs of the disease. 

Signs You May Have Oral Cancer

There are many different varieties of oral cancer, making it possible to have a broad range of symptoms. Oral cancer can develop in any area of the oral cavity. Patients can get cancer in their salivary glands, tongue, throat, sinuses, cheeks, gums, larynx, and more. That makes it necessary to watch out for any symptoms that could point to cancer in any of these places. If you find that you do have symptoms, you need an oral cancer evaluation as soon as possible. 

  • Lumps in the mouth, abnormal patches, and sores 
  • A sore throat, hoarseness, or a feeling that there’s something in your throat that continue over time
  • Loose teeth without an apparent reason
  • Gum swelling and white or red lesions in the mouth or on the lips
  • Numbness or tenderness in your mouth
  • Trouble moving your jaw or tongue without a reason

Oral Cancer Screening in Ann Arbor, Plymouth and Chelsea

Symptoms like these may mean you have the beginnings of a serious disease, and you may need to get treatment quickly. If you notice anything in your mouth that changes, you may need an oral cancer screening. Call us at Trillium Oral Surgery and Implantology to discuss early oral cancer detection.

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When you visit Trillium Oral Surgery and Implantology, we can serve you at our Plymouth, Ann Arbor, and Chelsea locations with our experienced doctors: Dr. Norman J. Betts, Dr. Jeffrey L. Wasielewski, Dr. Richard P. Bartling, Dr. Matthew R. Cannavo, and Dr. Elise L. Ehland.


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