Each year, many are diagnosed with cancer of the mouth, all over the world. The survival rate of oral cancer is appalling—in many cases, mostly because they are not identified early enough. Early oral cancer detection can make all the changes when it comes to surviving the disease. Often we overlook problems in the mouth such as bleeding or sores, difficulty swallowing, or notice changes in taste, playing down the potential severity of signs and signs. We sometimes ignore the white and dark red patches in parts of your mouth. Also, the swellings or other changes in texture, lack of sensation, spots that don’t go away. This is the reason why a visit to the dentist is vital.
Modern research verifies that the risk factors for oral cancer are increasing, and the changing demographics present an unprecedented call to action for oral cancer awareness and regular screenings. VELscope Vx is the world’s #1 Adjunctive Examination Device, an oral cancer screening device called Velascope. It is used during routine dental visit examinations to detect pre-cancerous traces in the mouths of the patients. The device can recognize it right away and advise the best way forward.
What is a VELscope Vx?
The VELscope Vx is an enhanced oral assessment system. It centers on a handheld scope that is used by dentists to help see the oral tissue abnormalities, including cancer and pre-cancer growths. The VELscope Vx arrangement is an adjunctive device. It means it is used together with and as a supplement to the traditional intra and extraoral head and neck examination.
Unlike other adjunctive machines used for oral examinations, the VELscope Vx requires no dyes or lengthy examination processes. Today the dentist uses the VELscope Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System that centers on a handheld scope to help visualize oral tissue abnormalities, including cancer and pre-cancer.
How Does VELscope Vx Operate?
The VELscope Vx Handpiece radiates a protected visible blue light into the oral cavity or the mouth, the light stimulates the oral tissue and causes to fluoresce. The oral cavity can be examined in real-time, enhancing the dentist’s ability to visualize irregular tissue that may or may not need further examination.
Abnormal fluorescence patterns help the clinician to identify unhealthy mucosal tissue that sometimes cannot be seen with the naked eye. Such models may arise from a variety of causes.
The VELscope Vx was designed to improve the visualization of oral mucosal abnormalities that may not be noticeable or visible to the dentist’s naked eye. VELscope Vx is also meant to be used by the surgeon to help determine the applicable margins for surgical removal.
Advantages of VELscope VX
- An essential tool in the fight against oral cancer.
- It offers the visual information that is bright and easy to observe within the typical lighting conditions in a dental operatory.
- Clinically recognized for the enhanced visualization of mucosal abnormalities, and for use by specialists in helping establish lesion margins for surgical excision.
- It makes it easy to see issues that may be challenging to visualize by offering an imaging modality that is sensitive to tissue changes.
- Allows for enhanced photography solution and photo documentation, which is easy to integrate. The bright tissue response enables easily to acquire digital images to be used for patient records or sent to referral partners.
- Fits in with your workflow and adds to the intra and extraoral head and neck examination with marginal set-up and nominal time added to the overall appointment
- It is not very expensive
- Source of on-going revenue for dental practitioners
How often should VELscope be done?
The head, neck, and soft tissue examination should be done every six months when you come for a regular dental visit or if you feel that some of your symptoms might lead to Oral Cancer. The responsibility to provide VELscope screening lies solely with the dentist.
Is VELscope Vx safe?
Yes, the VELscope Vx system is safe. All that’s being shined into the oral cavity/mouth is blue light, generated by light is radiating diodes. Patients using photosensitive medications and who are with a history of photosensitivity should not be visible to the light produced from the VELscope Vx device.
The VELscope Vx was intended to enhance the visualization of oral mucosal defects that may not be obvious or noticeable to the naked eye. VELscope Vx is further designed to be used by a surgeon to help determine the appropriate margins for surgical excision. Early discovery of oral cancer makes a massive change in the success of cancer therapy.
At Implants Pro Center™, San Francisco, we accept all major dental and medical PPO insurances, thereby reducing your worry about the cost of dental implant treatment or any oral surgeries. We also have a tremendously experienced and caring staff who will provide life-long care, maintenance, and support. Implants Pro Center™, San Francisco, is also equipped with all the modern technologies like CEREC® CAD/CAM, VELscope Vx, CT-Scan, Intravenous Sedation, Platelet Rich Fibrin, etc. to provide nothing less than the best of services. You will be entirely at ease for any of your oral screening procedures. Feel free to get in touch with us to schedule your free consultation.