Dental Technology Mount Dora FL
VELscope Oral Cancer Screening
Here are some startling statistics about Oral Cancer from the National Institute of Health*:
- Oral cancer accounts for roughly two percent of all cancers diagnosed annually in the United States.
- Approximately 35,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer each year and about 7,600 will die from the disease.
- On average, 60 percent of those with the disease will survive more than 5 years.
- Oral cancer most often occurs in people over the age of 40 and affects more than twice as many men as women.
Finding oral cancer in its early stages is key to survival. Dr. Murrell uses the VELscope system, the latest in oral cancer detection. A simple, two minute screening allows the dentist to visualize abnormalities in the mucosal tissues of your lips, mouth and upper throat – with no rinses, stains or discomfort.
How It Works:
VELscope technology uses a special blue light and patented filter to enhance the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue in the mouth. While VELscope is not a stand-alone diagnostic test, when used in conjunction with the standard oral soft tissue exam, this technology provides the dentist with important visual information that may not be apparent under ordinary light.
Ask for the VELscope Oral Cancer Screening
We offer complimentary oral cancer screening for all new patients with their first visit to our dentist office. Annual screenings with the VELscope for oral cancer are optional for returning patients.
*Statistics from the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Digital Dental X-Rays
Digital x-rays are quickly becoming adopted by a large percentage of the dental industry. A digital x-ray allows the dentist to take an image of the tooth or teeth and put it into an imaging program. Within this imaging program, there are a number of tools that will allow the dentist to take a very close look at the teeth and surrounding structures with amazing accuracy.
As a benefit to the patient, the digital x-ray also provides nearly 80% less radiation than a standard x-ray. This is due to the fact that the digital version of the x-ray is much more sensitive to this radiation and has been specifically designed with the patient in mind.
The intraoral camera is an amazing diagnostic tool for viewing different angles in the mouth that we would not have been able to just a few years ago. The camera gives us the ability to view the entire mouth on a monitor so that we can get a closer look at any potential issues or problems that may arise.
In addition, the patient will have the ability to see for themselves first hand the same images we are seeing. These digital images are also excellent for gaining procedure acceptance from insurance companies.
Rotary Endodontics is a way of performing the root canal utilizing a specific electrical hand-piece. This tool often makes the process faster and allows the dentist to perform the process with greater ease.
There are basically two types of hand-pieces, air-driven and electric. Electric hand-pieces are much stronger than air-driven due to the fact that a motor is spinning the bur as opposed to air. This allows the dentist to remove decay at a faster pace for quicker, more comfortable treatment.