About Cancer Screenings
During your routine dental examination at Everlasting Smile, we offer oral pathology screenings for pre-cancer, cancer, and other diseases of the mouth for our patients. Our NYC general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Andrew Reingold, offers the VELscope® screening technology, a hand-held device that can detect oral pathologies and abnormal tissues that may lead to cancer. Using light, the VELscope is a safe and effective diagnostic tool. As a leader in oral health and technology, Dr. Reingold feels it is very important to offer this service to all his patients, especially men and women over the age of 18, to have this early detection screening. If you would like to learn more about our oral screenings and what is included in your annual dental exam, call and schedule your appointment today.
What to Expect
Taking only a couple minutes of your appointment time, the oral screening with the VELscope technology is fast and painless. Using light, the VELscope is passed over the teeth and gums while your dentist performs a visual examination. Your dentist will also be using his fingers inside to feel the surface of the skin to feel for any bumps or abnormal soft tissue textures. If any areas are of concern, your dentist may schedule a biopsy to excise the tissue for further testing.
Men and women over the age of 18 should have an oral cancer screening at least once a year. If you use any type of tobacco products regularly, have a family history of oral cancer, or see a lesion in your mouth, you should make it a priority to have an oral screening by your primary dentist regularly.
The cost of an oral cancer exam is usually between $15 – $35, and is included in the total cost of the patient’s dental exam. Since this is a preventative procedure, oral cancer exams are usually covered by dental insurance. If this service is not covered by your insurance, you can talk to our Billing Coordinator about your out-of-pocket costs.
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At his offices in Manhattan, Dr. Reingold uses the latest in oral health technology to diagnose his patients to give them more treatment options and a better oral health. We hope you will consider Everlasting Smile a trusted, comprehensive dental practice where you can get the services and screenings needed for optimal health. Call and schedule your appointment today.