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 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.