• 2700 S Bristol St, Santa Ana, CA 92704.

ORAL CANCER

EXAMS

Your smile is one of the very first things that people notice about you. Imperfections in your teeth (discoloration, misalignment, damage, missing teeth, etc.) can greatly impact the beauty of your smile, and send the wrong impression. At OC Dental, we can restore the quality of your smile with cosmetic dentistry services.

ORAL CANCER EXAMS

Your smile is one of the very first things that people notice about you. Imperfections in your teeth (discoloration, misalignment, damage, missing teeth, etc.) can greatly impact the beauty of your smile, and send the wrong impression. At OC Dental, we can restore the quality of your smile with cosmetic dentistry services.

ORAL CANCER EXAMS

An oral cancer exam is performed by a dentist or doctor to screen for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in the mouth. The goal of the exam is to identify mouth cancer while it is in its early stages because, at that point, treatment is more effective and there is a better chance of recovery.

Most dentists perform the exam as part of a routine dental appointment. Some doctors may use additional tests to aid in identifying areas containing abnormal cells in the mouth.

WHO NEEDS AN ORAL CANCER EXAM?

There currently is not a consensus among medical organizations on whether or not healthy people without risk factors for mouth cancers need an oral cancer screening. However, as the goal of the exam is to detect mouth cancer or precancerous lesions that may develop into mouth cancer, you may want to decide with your dentist on whether the test is right for you based on your risk factors. People with a greater risk for oral cancer may benefit more from an oral cancer exam, though studies haven’t clearly proven that. Factors that can increase the risk for oral cancer include:

  • Tobacco use, such as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and chewing tobacco
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • A previous diagnosis for oral cancer
  • History of significant sun exposure

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AN ORAL CANCER EXAM

During an oral cancer screening, your dentist will check the inside of your mouth for red or white patches or mouth sores. He or she will also feel the tissues in your mouth, using gloved hands, to check for lumps or other abnormalities. If you wear removable dentures, whether complete or partial, you will need to remove them so that the tissues underneath can be examined.

ADDITIONAL TESTS FOR ORAL CANCER SCREENING

Besides examining the mouth through viewing and feeling, special tests may be performed to screen for oral cancer. These include a test in which a special rinse is used. This rinse contains a specific blue dye that is absorbed by abnormal cells and cause them to appear blue in the mouth.

If anything appears out of the ordinary, your dentist may recommend a follow-up visit to see if the abnormal area is still present and/or a biopsy procedure to test a sample of cells in the area of concern. You may be referred to a specialist to receive an oral cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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ABOUT OUR OFFICE

Convenience and easy access is a frequently overlooked factor in the overall experience of patients. Located on 2700 S Bristol St, Santa Ana, CA 92704, OC Dental a modern facility for all your oral health needs. OC Dental offers the best quality dental services in Santa Ana, CA. Our professional staff works hard to keep up-to-date on the latest research and best practices in the dental community. As a result we deliver the friendliest, warmest customer service, making OC Dental a comfortable and inviting place for you to feel at home while revitalizing or protecting your beautiful smile.
At OC Dental, we strive to ensure that we spend one-on-one time with you so that you understand what procedures are recommended and what the process of each procedure will be. We want to deliver the best service in the Santa Ana, CA area, and we will work hard to not only meet your needs and expectations but also exceed them.

MULTILINGUAL STAFF

For your convenience, our staff speaks English, Spanish, and Arabic. We welcome patients of all backgrounds to our OC Dental dentistry.

DENTAL EMERGENCY

Need emergency dental care near you? No problem, we allow same-day emergency visits because we care about your dental health.

ONE-STOP SHOP

Look no further, OC Dental is the go-to place for all your dental needs. Book an appointment today with our experienced dentists.

FLEXIBLE HOURS

Our dentist is open on Saturdays to ensure clients have every opportunity to schedule an appointment with our expert dentist.

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INSURANCE ACCEPTED

We will be glad to file a predetermination for you to verify coverage of any necessary dental treatment. We accept most PPO insurances. Don't be discouraged if you don't have dental insurance. We have a dental membership plan that is an excellent alternative to dental insurance. Our membership plan has affordable annual fee that offers a discount on all your preventative care program.

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We are famous for our quality care, but we also work hard to be the most affordable dentist in Santa Ana, CA 92704.