Diagnosing Potentially Malignant Oral Disorders and Oral Cancer

Provide patients with more accurate diagnosis in serious oral cases by partnering with Professional Endodontics.

Oral cancer is a public concern that is often overlooked. In fact, there have been an estimated 32,580 new cases of oral cancer in 2017 in the United States alone. 7,550 of these cases have resulted in the death of the victim.

Though oral cancer doesn’t present as significant a threat as some of the more prominent forms of cancer, it is not something to be forgotten. It’s important to remember that the mouth is a part of the body not unlike an organ. The mouth needs proper care in order to perform its role properly, and like every other part of the body, it is susceptible to infection and disease. That’s why meticulous inspection of all the soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity should be routine practice. By partnering with Professional Endodontics, dentists can reassure their patients that these inspections are thorough and frequent. Exercising this kind of caution is the best way to catch oral disorders and oral cancer at an early stage.

What Can We Do?

Outside of leading a healthy lifestyle, there aren’t many ways to prevent oral disorders and oral cancer. The best thing we can do is be cautious and defensive in our dental care.

The first step to accomplishing that is doing thorough research into the patient’s medical and family history. More and more science is showing proof that many forms of cancer can be traced back genetically, so knowing a patient’s family history in relation to cancer can be very beneficial. Dental professionals should also be familiar with the patient’s association to risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use, as well as any geriatric predispositions. At Professional Endodontics, we prioritize doing thorough research into our patients’ medical backgrounds to ensure that we are doing our job to the best of our ability.

The next step is to make physical examinations a routine practice. Sometimes oral disorders and cancers can be identified by abnormally firm or fixed areas in the mouth, or newly developed facial asymmetries, so it’s important to check these areas often. There are also many visual symptoms that could indicate an abnormality, such as:

  • Speckled changes
  • Nodules or masses
  • Ulceration
  • Induration

By partnering with a practice like Professional Endodontics, dentists can offer their patients an extra level of support. Patients can feel at ease knowing that they’re overall health is their dentist’s main priority, especially in regard to something as horrific as oral cancer. So, contact Professional Endodontics to speak with our friendly staff about building a professional relationship.

About Professional Endodontics

Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes with treating issues with the inside of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Best Dentists. Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.

Professional Endodontics now offers three state-of-the art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and a fully renovated Southfield location in the Comerica Tower. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental deliver systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.

Professional Endodontics

29201 Telegraph Road

Suite 110

Southfield, MI 48034

(248) 358-2910

http://www.profendo.com

2018-01-30T17:26:26+00:00

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