Overview
Preventive Dental Care
+ Dental Cleanings
+ Oral Cancer Screening
+ Digital X-Ray
+ Oral Hygiene Instruction
+ Cosmetic Dentistry
Peridontics
+ Scaling & Root Planing
+ Gum Therapy
+ Bone Grafting
Endodontics
+ Root Canal Treatments
Oral Surgery
+ Teeth Extraction
+ Wisdom Teeth Extraction
+ Dental Implants
Prosthodontics
+ Dental Crowns
+ Bridges
+ Dentures
+ Emergency Dental Care
Oral Cancer Screenings

What are Oral Cancer Screenings?

An oral cancer screening will include looking for lesions, including areas of leukoplakia (an abnormal white patch of cells) and erythroplakia (an abnormal red patch of cells). Leukoplakia and erythroplakia lesions on the mucous membranes may become cancerous.

If lesions are seen in the mouth, the following procedures may be used to find abnormal tissue that might develop into oral cancer:

  • Toluidine blue stain: A procedure in which lesions in the mouth are coated with a blue dye. Areas that stain darker are more likely to be cancer or become cancer.
  • Fluorescence staining: A procedure in which lesions in the mouth are viewed using a special light. After the patient uses a fluorescent mouth rinse, normal tissue looks different from abnormal tissue when seen under the light.
  • Exfoliative cytology: A procedure to collect cells from the lip or oral cavity. A piece of cotton, a brush, or a small wooden stick is used to gently scrape cells from the lips, tongue, mouth, or throat. The cells are viewed under a microscope to find out if they are abnormal.
  • Brush biopsy: The removal of cells using a brush that is designed to collect cells from all layers of a lesion. The cells are viewed under a microscope to find out if they are abnormal.

Home :: About Us :: Meet Our Dentists :: Services :: Patient Resources :: Contact Us :: Tieng Viet
1370 DORCHESTER AVE | DORCHESTER, MA 02122 | t. 617-514-4509 | f. 617-533-7928
  Dorchester Dental ? (2013) Designed by Art Studio Sign & Neon