People often disregard the importance of dental care and the crucial connection your teeth, tongue, mouth and gums have to your overall health. While there are numerous instances of disease in the mouth that can spread internally to affect other areas of the body, one of the most important is oral cancer and abnormalities of the soft tissue in the mouth.
Traditional oral mucosal examination tools rely on reflected light to visualize the oral cavity. VELscope® Vx uses tissue fluorescence rather than reflectance. Natural tissue fluorescence is caused by “fluorophores” that, when excited by light of an appropriate wavelength (e.g. blue), will emit their own light at a longer wavelength (e.g. green). The resulting fluorescence can reveal a great deal about cellular, structural, and/or metabolic activity changes that are often directly related to disease processes occurring inside the tissue. The VELscope® Vx system is a powerful device for the discovery of mucosal abnormalities such as: viral, fungal and bacterial infections, inflammation from a variety of causes (lichen planus and lichenoid reactions, allergy to amalgam fillings, etc.), squamous papillomas, salivary gland tumors, cancer and pre-cancer and other oral conditions.
Unlike other adjunctive devices used by dentists, the VELscope® Vx system does not require any dyes or prolonged testing procedures. In fact, VELscope® Vx examinations can be performed in the dentist’s office during routine hygiene exams (and under normal lighting conditions) in about two minutes.
The New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is proud to provide all our patients with the newest systems and methods that science offers to ensure the gold standard of treatment collectively in cosmetic, restorative and general dental instances. Contact us to schedule an appointment or to learn more about the latest advancements in cosmetic dentistry.