Oral screenings are vital for the early detection of dental health issues like cancers, vitamin deficiencies, infections, periodontal or heart disease risk factors, and autoimmune disorders. At Bucks County Smiles, we believe in an integrative approach to dental care, employing various tools to gain the whole picture of your dental and medical history. A clear understanding of your oral health allows our team to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. Oral screenings can catch dental issues early. When ailments are caught early, they can be treated with simpler, less-invasive procedures.
Discover the life-saving potential of early detection as we prioritize oral cancer screenings during your biannual exams. Oral cancer, a prevalent condition in the United States, can be effectively treated when caught early. Our dedicated dentists carefully assess your mouth, lips, and gums for signs of concern, including sores, white or red spots, gum tenderness, and more. By identifying potential issues promptly, we strive to provide you with the best possible care and outcomes.
We utilize advanced oral cancer screening technology called VELscope® and traditional screening methods. VELscope uses a unique fluorescent light to visualize cellular abnormalities that are not visible. If an abnormality is identified, our dental team will take a biopsy and send the tissue to the lab. This process usually takes a few days, but if cancer is identified, we will coordinate with your oncologist for the next steps.
Salivary testing is a powerful tool for evaluating both oral and systemic health. This screening enables us to analyze bacterial changes and detect indications of conditions such as periodontal disease, tooth decay, cardiovascular health, autoimmune disorders, and even cancer. Your saliva plays a crucial role in maintaining oral health by regulating pH levels, aiding digestion, combating bacteria, and reducing bad breath.
Our team can proactively identify potential concerns by assessing your saliva’s composition, including DNA, white blood cells, proteins, and biomarkers. The screening process involves providing a saliva sample, which is then sent to a lab for analysis. We will share the results within one to two weeks and discuss any necessary steps for your continued well-being.
Vitamin D screening is vital before dental procedures like dental implant surgery. Vitamin D absorption is essential for mineralizing bone and teeth and maintaining healthy gums. If you’re undergoing dental implant surgery, the strength of the underlying bone is vital in dental implant success. Vitamin D deficiency is directly linked to dental implant failure and hinders healing.
It is important for us to have a clear understanding of your vitamin levels before moving forward with surgical procedures. The screening should take place two months before your surgery using a small amount of blood drawn from your finger. If your vitamin D is low, we will recommend a regiment of supplements to bring your levels to the necessary requirements.
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