Oral Cancer Screening

Pleasant Plains Dental is proud to provide oral cancer screening to all of our patients as part of our comprehensive dental services. Patients of all ages can benefit from oral cancer screening. As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis greatly improves the odds of treatment and recovery. Dr. Ernst has extensive training in screening the mouth for oral cancer, and he utilizes cutting edge dental technology. At Pleasant Plains Dental in Indian Trail, North Carolina, Dr. Ernst uses OralID for all oral cancer screenings. OralID uses fluorescence technology to help detect oral and throat cancer at its earliest stages so that appropriate treatment can begin.

While it has always been customary for oral cancer screening to include a visual exam, Dr. Ernst wants to make sure that he does not miss anything. Using advanced technology allows him to have a full, comprehensive look inside the entire oral space. Oral cancer can be found in the cheeks, throat, gums, tongue, roof and bottom floor of the mouth, so it is essential that a complete screening be done.

Mouth Cancer Tests

Many people only think of the dentist as responsible for cleaning the teeth and helping them achieve that “after the dentist feeling” of a fresh, radiant mouth. However, your dentist does much more than simply clean your teeth – s/he evaluates your oral health as it relates to your entire body. Mouth cancer tests should be performed at each dental checkup, and any changes that occur between your appointments should be noted and addressed immediately. Early diagnosis is key to the successful treatment of oral cancer, and Dr. Ernst at Pleasant Plains Dental is dedicated to using this advanced technology in order to keep abreast of his patients’ health.

Dentists are trained to examine the oral cavity as a whole, not just the teeth. The cheeks, tongue, floor of the mouth, gums, upper palate, back of the throat, and neck will all be manually felt for hardened masses and swollen lymph nodes. Other abnormalities such as white or red patches, lumps, loose teeth, and ulcerations will also be looked for. Using OralID, Dr. Ernst is able to see things in a different light and detect the earliest signs of concern. OralID uses proven fluorescence technology to detect even the earliest stages of mouth cancer.

At Pleasant Plains Dental, we are concerned for your oral health and your overall health. We understand that these two work together and can greatly impact your life – both positively and negatively. We are committed to providing you with the comprehensive and complete care that you and your family deserve. Contact us today for an appointment.