Everyone should have a screening performed at least once a year. Patients who use tobacco or drink alcohol are at an increased risk for developing Oral Cancer. Also, new research has shown that the Human Papilloma Virus (also linked to Cervical Cancer in Females) has been associated with Oral Cancer.
The VELscope uses a special light that enhances the natural tissue fluorescence in order to allow your dentist to visualize oral mucosal abnormalities that would otherwise be undetected to the naked eye. The procedure is completely non-invasive and takes about two minutes to complete.
The VELscope exam is relatively inexpensive. Most Dental Insurances will cover the cost or a majority of the cost of the exam. The frequency of coverage is dependent on the patient's individual insurance plan. Our office will inquire as to your coverage benefits for this procedure.