VELscope® Oral Cancer Detection Device
Who doesn't love technology? Especially when it falls into the category of possible LIFE SAVING TECHNIQUES on one end of the scale, and peace of mind on the other end.
We are proud to introduce a NEW TECHNOLOGY called VELscope. Our continued focus on patient care has prompted us to offer this potentially life saving technology that can detect cancerous, and pre-cancerous tissue in real time. Make no mistake about it. This is a huge breakthrough and here at Dr. Eric Johnson's Office, you can take advantage of this remarkable edge in dental health and your overall health profile.
Gone are the days when oral cancer was often detected so late on it's progression that chances of successfully combating it were at best 50%. With the new VELscope® technology, detection is made much earlier resulting in an almost 85% rate of successful treatment and recovery.
In reality, your chances of having oral cancer at all are pretty slim. So why all the fuss? Well, we like to think that the peace of mind offered by such a technology in terms of verifying that you indeed are oral cancer-free is an even better service we can provide. This is perhaps the best thing about VELscope®. Peace of mind knowing that you can merrily go on your way and enjoy your life, you family and your friends for years to come.
What's the catch?
Something so great must have a catch?? Nope! Using VELscope® is a simple procedure that takes a couple of minutes and involves nothing more than examining your oral tissue with a special wand that "fluoresces" the healthy tissue in your mouth, and shines a different type of light onto the tissue that may be suspicious in nature prompting the dentist to take a closer look at what may be cancerous. Prior to the availability of this ground-breaking technology, oral cancer screening was largely a visual inspection done by a trained dentist. And while an experienced dentist can spot the irregularities that may be associated with oral cancer, there's no way they could match the advanced, early-detection capabilities of something like VELscope®.
How does it work?
The VELscope® Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System centers on a handheld scope that is used to help visualize oral tissue abnormalities, including cancer and pre-cancer.
The VELscope® Vx system is used together with the traditional intra and extra-oral head and neck exam. Unlike other adjunctive devices used for oral examinations, VELscope® does not require any dyes or prolonged testing procedures. In fact, a VELscope® exam can be performed in the dentist's office during a routine hygiene exam in about two minutes. The VELscope® handheld device emits a harmless, bright blue light which is used to inspect the mouth and tongue. The device is sensitive to abnormal tissue changes and the distinctive blue-spectrum light causes the soft tissue (oral mucosa) of the mouth to naturally fluoresce. Healthy tissues fluoresce in distinct patterns that may be visibly disrupted when tissue undergoes an abnormal change (which can occur in the oral mucosa for a multitude of reasons,) such as when associated with dysplasia or oral cancer.
New research confirms that the risk factors for oral cancer have been expanded to include the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV16), in addition to tobacco use, frequent and/or excessive alcohol consumption, a compromised immune system, and past history of cancer. VELscope® presents an unprecedented call to action for oral cancer awareness and regular screenings.
The bottom line is this: Dr. Johnson and his conscientious dental team are all about you and you dental health.
The fact that dental health is a harbinger for your overall health means that good dental practices are the "tip of the iceberg" when it comes to healthy living. The addition of VELscope® to our arsenal of tools to help you achieve peak health performance puts us on the "A-LIST" when it comes to caring for the health of you and your family. And we wouldn't want it any other way.
Call today for an appointment, (949) 493-9311, and get great dental service, optimum health care for you and your family, and now the ultimate "peace of mind" offered by the latest advancements in dental health technology.