Oral Cancer Treatment: Early Detection Can Save Your Life
The thought of oral cancer treatment might sound like a daunting experience if you’re ever diagnosed with a mouth cancer. Whenever you visit your dentist for general cleanings, an oral cancer test is always done, and sometimes with new devices that help detect abnormalities much easier. That’s because some oral cancers are very hard to see and can sometimes reside in your mouth for a while before being scoped out.
It’s imperative you get checked for oral cancer considering well over a quarter of a million people worldwide are diagnosed with it each year. Here at Princeton Prosthodontics, we can check any bothersome sores you’ve been contending with in your mouth that won’t heal. If it turns out to be cancerous, don’t panic, because successful treatment is very common.
When You Should Have a Oral Cancer Biopsied
Mouth sores are a frequent occurrence in many people, and you might pass one off as being a canker sore from an unknown source. Most of these heal up within a few days in a healthy person. However, if you still have that sore more than two weeks, it could be sign of a possible oral cancer. We’ll remove some of the tissue and have it biopsied to make sure it’s not cancerous. In the event it is (though early stage), our Dr. Michael Cortese can remove the entire cancerous spot and eliminate any need for treatment.
Fortunately, if you have these oral checkups twice a year, the chances are more than good any oral cancer will be caught early and be treatable. With removal of the mouth cancer, it’s usually enough without further steps. If it’s more progressed, then you may need radiation treatment and perhaps even chemotherapy if it’s progressed even further.
Removal of these cancerous spots isn’t a problem either. While your mouth might be a little sore afterward from the removal, we’ll make sure you’re as pain free as possible.
Ways to Prevent Oral Cancer
We expect you’ll have a full recovery in every circumstance. But we’ll warn you about the dangers of using tobacco and how serious it’s become in causing oral cancers. We’ll also warn about the abuse of alcohol and how drinking too much can potentially cause mouth cancers over time.
Another preventative that many people don’t consider is using a lip balm with sunscreen to prevent cancers from developing on your lips. These can obviously be very visible, though no less dangerous.
Contact us for an appointment checkup here at Princeton Prosthodontics. And let us help you with any maxillofacial prosthodontic needs you have that range from acquiring porcelain veneers to TMJ treatment.