Oral Cancer

Popper Dental

Periodontists & Prosthodontists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Good preventive care is the cornerstone of excellent oral health, and oral cancer screenings can ensure that you address any complications before they have a chance to develop. The team of dedicated experts at Popper Dental in the Upper East Side of New York City provide oral cancer screenings to make sure that their patients' smiles are healthy and happy. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or book online.

Oral Cancer Q & A

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer affects the tissues of your mouth or throat, including your:

  • Tongue
  • Gums
  • Lips
  • Inner cheek
  • Mouth floor
  • Hard and soft palate

Over 49,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year, and early detection is essential to effective treatment. 

Popper Dental provides oral cancer screenings as part of their comprehensive exams to ensure that their patients are staying healthy and happy.

What are the signs of oral cancer?

Some of the symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Loose teeth
  • Significant weight loss
  • Pain in your tongue, jaw, throat, or ears
  • Numbness in your face, lower lip, chin, or neck
  • Patches in or on your mouth or lips that are red and/or white
  • A lump, mass, or growth anywhere in your mouth or neck
  • A sore on your mouth or lip that won’t go away
  • A changing fit in your dentures
  • Mouth bleeding

If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Popper Dental immediately. The team can perform a screening to determine whether your symptoms are indicative of oral cancer or a different condition.

How do you screen for oral cancer?

First, the team at Popper Dental performs a visual exam to carefully look over the:

  • Roof and floor of your mouth
  • Back of your throat
  • Lymph nodes in your neck
  • Cheeks
  • Tongue

If your dentist discovers any growths, tumors, or questionable lesions, they follow-up with a brush biopsy or a tissue biopsy. 

With a brush biopsy, your dentist collects cells from your mouth by brushing them onto a slide. It’s a quick and painless procedure. A tissue biopsy involves the surgical removal of a small piece of tissue. A specialist then examines the tissue under a microscope to look for cancerous cells. 

If your dentist needs further diagnostics, they might order any one of the following to get a more detailed and accurate picture of your condition.

  • X-ray
  • CT scan
  • PET scan
  • MRI scan
  • Endoscopy

If they do determine that you have oral cancer, they refer you to a specialist for treatment.

How is oral cancer treated?

There are many treatments available for oral cancer, including:

  • Surgery to remove the cancerous growth
  • Radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy drugs

If you need any smile reconstruction or restorations after your oral cancer treatment, Popper Dental is proud to offer a wide range of high-quality crowns, bridges, dental implants, and dentures to make your smile beautiful again.

To learn more about how Popper Dental can help you keep your mouth healthy with oral cancer screenings, call the office or book a visit online today.