About Cancer Screenings
One of the most important services that we offer at Crown Dental in West Richland, WA is oral pathology screenings for cancer, pre-cancer, and other oral diseases. During a patient’s regular dental exam, we can use our state-of-the-art dental technology to check for oral pathologies and abnormal tissue. Our dentist, Dr. Walberto Cantu, uses the VELscope screening technology, an effective hand-held diagnostic devise for early detection of oral diseases. Since the best defense against cancer is early detection, we suggest that all of our patients, particularly those over the age of 18, undergo oral cancer screening at their annual dental exam. Crown Dental is proud to offer an effective tool to combat pre-cancer, cancer, and other diseases of the mouth.
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"I just want to say how happy I am with Crown Dental. Dr Cantu is such a sweet man...you can tell that he’s the real deal. He made me feel very comfortable and hopeful about finally getting my smile back and I could tell that he really did care about my concerns regarding my ability to feel confident with my smile.His dental skills are unmatched by any other dentist I have ever been to. I braced myself as I waited for him to pull my wisdom tooth out...only to find out that he had already finished the job! The whole staff is just amazing! Every person from start to finish treated me with the utmost care and kindness. There is a VERY good presence in this practice! I know I found my Dental Home!"- C.C. / Google / Feb 21, 2020
"Dr. Cantu has earned my respect. I highly recommend him as a dentist. After he worked on my teeth several times they look stunningly pretty to me, even though I have just a few teeth at this point. I must say I smoked for years, brushing and flossing cannot overpower tobacco damage to teeth. The few teeth I have left he agreed we can keep and must. Dr. Cantu's bedside manner is remarkable, even with someone like me that does not have 32 teeth. He is remarkably kindhearted. I have been to several dentist throughout my life when possible, and he stands with the best of the best. He is really blessed with a talent of excellency in dentistry, and he appears to know he is blessed. His office is very clean and appealing. His staff attentive. His assistant excellent too. His background music soothing. I am thankful to have Dr. Cantu as a dentist!"- D.C. / Google / Feb 18, 2020
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 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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We use the latest in oral health technology to diagnose patients to give more treatment options and a better oral health. We hope you will consider our office a trusted, comprehensive dental practice where you can get the services and screenings needed for optimal health. Call and schedule your appointment today.