The VELscope is a non-invasive hand-held device that can aid in the early detection of a wide variety of oral diseases, including pre-cancer and cancer. It is used in conjunction with the conventional intra-oral and extra-oral head and neck exam. The VELscope has been clinically proven to facilitate the discovery of oral abnormalities, often before they are visible to the unassisted eye. Early detection is especially important in the detection of oral cancer, since it can possibly be caught before it has time to spread, potentially saving lives.
The VELscope exam is:
- completely safe
- simple to use
- involves no unpleasant rinses or stains
- the entire exam in about two minutes.
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Dental X-rays can provide essential information about oral health and are an important part of a your dental record. Digital x-rays involve the use of a small electronic sensor that is placed in the mouth to capture the image. It typically reduces radiation exposure by 75% or more when compared to conventional x-rays. The use of a leaded apron and thyroid collar further minimize exposure to the abdomen and protect the thyroid. Unlike conventional film that may take between three to five minutes to process, a digital x-ray generally can be viewed quickly on the computer screen. The image itself can be enhanced in magnification, brightness and contrast to provide an optimal radiograph without having to make another exposure. Viewing an enhanced dental x-ray on a computer screen can help a dentist better see a problem area. Furthermore it can be used in co-diagnosis and lead to better understanding of treatment.
The intra-oral camera is a device approximately the size of a dental mirror. It has a built-in light source and serves as a tiny camera that allows us to capture images of various areas of the mouth. The images can be viewed on a monitor, allowing you to be able to see problems such as worn or broken fillings, cracked teeth, cavities, plaques deposits and excessive wear. The intraoral camera allows you to be an active partner in your dental treatment by enabling you to see what we see inside your mouth. With a clear understanding of your dental conditions, you will be able to make treatment decisions with confidence.