Preventive Treatment in Rocky River, OH
Providing our patients with the best care possible is important to our entire team. That is why Dr. Linda Rak Canepa places a special emphasis on preventive care and early detection of dental conditions. Fortunately, technology today allows us to take better care of patients than ever before, prevent conditions before they worsen, and diagnose serious conditions such as oral cancer in their earliest stages when survival rates are highest.
Digital Dental X-Rays
Dental x-rays have always been among the lowest radiation emitting x-rays in the medical field. With the implementation of digital x-rays, they emit up to 80% less radiation than before, making them even safer.
In addition to the health benefits of digital x-rays, they also give us instant results, appearing on our computer screens almost immediately after we take them. This allows us to view the images right away and diagnose quickly if you are experiencing a problem.
We can also zoom in on these high-resolution images to examine suspicious areas more closely. Digital x-rays allow us to see more detail, change contrast, and adjust exposure, just like digital photography.
We only take the x-rays we need to diagnose any potential conditions such as decay, infection, bone loss, and fractured teeth. Typically, we take x-rays once yearly unless you have a suspected problem. If you have questions about digital x-rays, how they work, or about their safety, we encourage you to ask us!
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer is one of the most deadly cancers because it often goes undiagnosed until it is in its late stages. Certain risk factors increase your chances of oral cancer such as age, alcohol use, tobacco use, and exposure to HPV (human papilloma virus).
At our Rocky River, OH dental office, we implemented the latest technology so that we can identify oral cancer in the earliest stages when survival rates are highest and treatment is less invasive. VELscope is the most widely used device to identify oral conditions such as:
- Bacterial infections
- Precancerous tissue
- Oral cancer
- Viral and fungal infections
- Squamous papillomas
- Salivary gland tumors
By screening the inside of your mouth and gums with VELscope, we can identify irregular lesions and recommend treatment or biopsies when necessary. Abnormal cells fluoresce under the lighting of VELscope and alert us to any abnormalities.
Your dentist is the best person to identify oral cancer and suspicious lesions. That is why your regular exams are so important – they can even save your life.
Call Us to Schedule Your Next Exam
Our entire team looks forward to welcoming you. We provide excellent dental care in a comfortable atmosphere. Even if it has been awhile since you have visited the dentist, we have a special ability to help patients feel at ease, making dentistry a much more enjoyable experience.
Give us a call today!