Oral Cancer/Pathology Screening
At every cleaning or check-up appointment, Dr. Ney will thoroughly examine the mouth for any abnormalities or lesions that may be cancerous or pre-cancerous.
Oral cancer most often starts on the floor of the mouth or the lateral borders (sides) of the tongue. The most common oral cancer is squamous cell carcinoma, occurring approximately 90% of the time. There are a number of other abnormal conditions that may occur, such as sialoliths (stones in the salivary ducts) or mucoeles (clogged salivary glands leading to a cyst of saliva in the tissue). Any unusual findings are either watched for a specified period of time or the patient is referred to a specialist for further evaluation or treatment.