Our dentists can provide oral cancer screenings at Smile Studio 87 to make sure there are no precancerous lesions in your mouth or gums. If you are experiencing any suspicious sores in the soft tissues of your mouth, come see Dr. Maja Sukovic or Dr. Sumayyah Khan, and get an oral cancer screening in Woodridge, Illinois! Call 630-427-2019 to schedule yours today!

Oral cancer includes cancers of the lips, tongue, floor of the mouth, cheeks, throat (pharynx), sinuses, and hard and soft palate. While oral cancer can usually be successfully treated when detected early, most cases of oral cancer are not detected until they have progressed into a more serious, advanced stage that is much more difficult to treat. In fact, oral cancer may be life-threatening. At our office, we are dedicated to doing all we can to detect and treat oral cancers and other abnormalities at the earliest possible stage. During your routine dental cleanings and exams at Smile Studio 87, our dentists and team will perform an oral cancer screening using VELscope®. This is a handheld scope that is used to illuminate oral tissues with blue light, allowing us to identify abnormalities that may not have been visible to the naked eye.

The following are common symptoms of oral cancer:

  • A persistent sore throat or feeling that something is caught at the back of the throat
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
  • A persistent or lasting sore on the face, neck or mouth that bleeds easily and does not heal within two weeks
  • Unexplained loss of feeling, pain or numbness in the face, neck or mouth
  • Ear pain
  • Lumps, bumps or rough spots on the gums, lips or other parts of the mouth
  • Red, white or speckled red-and-white patches in the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing, speaking or swallowing
  • A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together

While our team will perform a screening for oral cancer to check for these and other symptoms, we encourage you to contact us if you notice any of these problems or if you experience any other type of dental pain. We are committed to helping you stay in good health.