We continually look for advances to ensure optimum oral health care to our patients. We now have the VELscope. The VELscope is a hand-held device that provides dentists and hygienists with an easy-to-integrate adjunctive mucosal examination system for the early detection of a wide variety of oral diseases, including pre-cancer and cancer.
In addition to the detection of oral cancers and pre-cancers, the VELscope system is showing itself to be a powerful tool for the discovery of mucosal abnormalities such as:
- Viral, fungal and bacterial infections
- Inflammation from a variety of causes (including lichen planus
and other lichenoid reactions)
- Squamous papillomas
- Salivary gland tumours.
We highly reccommend a VELscope screening annually. The cost is $20. Most insurance companies don’t cover this screening.
How Does the VELscope Work?
The VELscope handpiece emits a safe blue light into the oral cavity, anything that shows up a dark color is a potential concern & a biopsy would be advised.