Oral Cancer Awareness Month is designed to help people understand this disease, including its causes, treatments, and to encourage people to schedule a screening with a dental professional. In many cases, oral cancer
can be treated successfully, especially with early diagnosis. However, it can be dangerous and can quickly lead to further health problems if left untreated. Fortunately, your skilled periodontist
, offers screenings for oral cancer in Sandy Springs, GA
. Most patients find these screenings fairly quick with minimal pain, and early detection can make all the difference when it comes to treatment and recovery. Here are some important facts.
How Screenings Work
Most oral cancer screenings rely primarily on visual assessment. Dr. Codelli may examine your mouth and tongue for any abnormalities, such as sores or red and white patches. Some benign conditions can appear to be cancerous, so if Dr. Codelli finds any areas of concern, he may take intraoral pictures to document the lesions. He may also remove some tissue for a biopsy to determine if cancer is present.
Treatments for oral cancer vary depending on the exact conditions and each patient's specific situation. Dr. Codelli may perform one or more procedures, such as excising the lesions, or may work with other medical professionals and specialists to develop a treatment plan.
One way you can help protect yourself is to perform self-evaluations on a routine basis. Once you become familiar with your mouth's normal feel and structure, you can more easily identify areas of concern. Early diagnosis can dramatically increase the success of treatment.
Call Today to Schedule a Screening
If you are due for a dental checkup or have never had an oral cancer screening, give our office a call to schedule an appointment. Dr. Codelli can perform a full examination, including an oral cancer screening, to determine that state of your overall oral health and develop a treatment plan to address any existing issues.
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