What Happens during an Oral Cancer Screening?
During your oral cancer screening, Dr. Rink will carefully examine the inside of your mouth, looking for any symptoms. He will also conduct a tactile exam to check for thickening or hardening of the tissues. He works very thoroughly and will even check the top, bottom, and sides of your tongue. If he sees any cause for concern, he will usually send you to a specialist for a biopsy.
This practitioner will take a small tissue sample and test it for the presence of cancer. Not all oral sores are cancerous, and many of them will turn out to be harmless. However, if you are diagnosed with cancer, it is important to visit an oncologist or another specialist right away. Dr. Rink will continue to provide appropriate treatment to maintain teeth and gums during this time.