Oral Cancer Screenings

Robert A. Kelly, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Framingham, MA

An oral cancer diagnosis can be scary and stressful, but early detection and treatment offers a much better chance of curing it. Robert A. Kelly, DDS, provides exceptional oral cancer screenings at his state-of-the-art practice in Framingham, Massachusetts. Ensure your oral health for years to come by scheduling a screening today. You can call the office or conveniently book an appointment online.

Oral Cancer Screenings Q & A

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer is a disease that impacts the tissues in your mouth and throat, including:

  • Soft and hard palate
  • Mouth floor
  • Inner cheek
  • Lips
  • Gums
  • Tongue

An estimated 91,200 people in the United States are living with oral cancer, with 37,000 new cases detected each year. Dr. Kelly provides thorough oral cancer screenings at his practice to ensure your oral health.

Are there symptoms of oral cancer?

Oral cancer does present some symptoms, including:

  • Bleeding in your mouth
  • Change in how your dentures fit
  • Persistent sore on your lip or mouth
  • Growth, mass, or lump near your neck or mouth
  • Red and white patches near or in your mouth or lips
  • Loss of sensation in your neck, chin, lower lip, or face
  • Earache, or pain in your throat, tongue, or jaw
  • Noticeable weight loss
  • Teeth that feel loose

Schedule an oral cancer screening with Dr. Kelly immediately if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms.

What is oral cancer screening?

An oral cancer screening is a diagnostic assessment that Dr. Kelly performs to look for oral cancer. 

When you get an oral cancer screening, Dr. Kelly first looks for any lesions, tumors, or growths. If Dr. Kelly identifies something suspicious, he performs a brush biopsy, which is a quick and painless procedure where he collects the cells in question from your mouth by brushing them onto a slide. 

He might also perform a tissue biopsy by carefully removing a small piece of tissue from your mouth. Your biopsy is sent off to a lab, where a specialist examines it under a microscope to look for signs of cancer. 

Some other diagnostics that Dr. Kelly might order include:

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

If any of your tests come back positive for oral cancer, Dr. Kelly refers you to a specialist for treatment.

How do you treat oral cancer?

Oral cancer specialists have a wide array of procedures for treating your condition, including:

  • Targeted therapy drugs
  • Chemotherapy
  • Surgery to remove the cancer
  • Radiation therapy

After oral cancer treatment, some patients might need to reconstruct their oral structures. Dr. Kelly offers high-quality options to restore the beauty of your smile, like crowns, bridges, and dentures. 

Ensure that your oral health isn’t compromised and book your oral cancer screening today by calling the office or scheduling a time online.