Recall Exams

If you are a denture wearer and you have not been in to see your denturist in over a year; you should pick up the phone and schedule yourself a recall appointment.

The biggest road block we encounter at our office when trying to book patients in for their yearly recall is this statement:  “why do I need to come in to see you?  My dentures feel fine I’m not having any problems.”

What many denture wearers don’t realize is that there are many things we are checking for when they come in.  We check the fit and function, we check the bite (the way the teeth are coming together), we check the wear pattern on the teeth from chewing foods, we do a VELscope assessment (which helps to detect oral cancer) and we make sure that they are maintaining good oral hygiene.  Sometimes at this appointment minor adjustments are required for the dentures this could include tightening clasps on a partial denture.  It’s kind of like maintaining a car (only sometimes we maintain our cars better than our bodies) regular maintenance keeps your dentures in peak shape and can catch potential problems before they become serious.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact our office 905-459-7442 or visit our website:  www.bramptondentureclinic.com

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VELscope and oral cancer detection

We’ve recently started using VELscope in our practice. This is a tool that helps dental professionals to find oral abnormalities including oral cancer; that would not normally be visible to the naked eye.  VELscope uses a blue LED light that causes the healthy tissues in the mouth to fluorese green upon exposure; unhealthy tissue appears dark.  Found early, oral cancer’s 5 year survival rate is good: approx. 83%; if found late, oral cancer’s 5 year survival rate is poor: approx. 32%.  Therefore finding disease earlier is the key to survival.

Risk factors of oral cancer include but are not limited to: {Factors you can control} Tabacco use (including chewing tabacco), Excessive alcohol consumption, the combined use of tabacco and alcohol, excessive unprotected exposure to the sun, low intake of fruits and vegetables. use of betel nut and bedis.  {Factors out of your control}: Age, HPV16 viral infection, race, ethnicity and economics, recurrence, gender.

Signs and Symptoms:  {Early indicators} Red and or white discolorations of the soft tissues of the mouth, any sore which does not heal within 14 days and Hoarseness which lasts for prolonged period of time. {Advanced indicators}: A sensation that something is stuck in your throat, numbness in the oral region, difficulty in moving the jaw or tongue, difficulty swallowing, ear pain which occurs on one side only, a sore under a denture, which even after adjustment of the denture, still does not heal, a lump or thickening which develops in the mouth or on the neck.

Screening only takes a few minutes out of your day and could add years to your life.  We are proud to offer this service to our patients and recommend a screening 1-2 times per year.

We have found that people who are complete denture wearers tend to not realize that they still require regular oral examinations of both their dentures and oral cavity.  If you have not been to see a dental professional in over a year please call your dental provider (dentist/denturist) for an examination; if you do not have one please contact us we would be happy to help you 905-459-7442.