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Predictable dentistry occurs as a result of comprehensive and thorough record taking examination and comprehensive treatment.

The aim of comprehensive treatment is to reduce negative occurrences like,fracture, infection, broken fillings, receding gums and gum disease and to treat the mouth as a functioning system rather than just treating individual teeth as they break. In this way we can increase the longevity of the system and prevent unnecessary future breakdown of the four parts of the system; teeth, gums, bone, joint.

To ensure that the soft tissues are healthy, oral cancer screening is carried out with a VELscope machine which detects cancerous and pre cancerous areas. If any abnormalities are detected the patient is then referred to the relevant specialist.

A risk assessment is carried out for each patient and a diagnostic opinion is produced. This will highlight the areas of health and concern and allow Dr Suri to discuss treatment options to maintain and rectify the oral condition.

Treatment recommendations are based on ideal treatments for the tooth and the system to ensure predictability and longevity. Everything suggested is based on current and past evidence and research in that particular field of dentistry. All treatment options are discussed in full and explained and patients are given the opportunity to ask questions at this appointment and future treatment planning sessions.

Any patient at Smile Design Dental Practice is not obliged to go ahead with any treatment recommended. Treatment acceptance is based on understanding and education so that all of our patients have the opportunity to make informed decisions regarding their own health.

All of the information gathered at this appointment is available for you to take home. This appointment will take between 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Normal Price £130. Offer Price £110.

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For more information, or to book an appointment please contact the practice on 01296 624163

Oral (mouth) cancer claims a life every three hours in the United Kingdom

Oral cancer is one of the few types of cancer that has not experienced a significantly reduced mortality rate in the last 30 years. The main reason for this is that 70% of cases are already in the late stages before it is detected and it is simply too late.

Traditionally mouth cancer has been associated with older males who use tobacco and alcohol, but an increasing number of people developing this deadly and disfiguring disease are younger males and females who do not use tobacco and alcohol. One reason for this trend is that mouth cancer is now known to be caused by exposure to the sexually-transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV). This means that anyone who is sexually active is at risk from mouth cancer.

You can reduce the risk of developing oral cancer by:

  • Not using tobacco. Not using tobacco is the single most important thing you can do to avoid oral cancer
  • Reduce excessive consumption of alcohol. More than 15 alcoholic beverages a week may put you at greater risk of developing mouth cancer. If you must drink, do so in moderation.
  • Reduce or stop the combined use of tobacco and alcohol. Using both tobacco and alcohol significantly increases the risk of developing oral cancer.
  • Excessive exposure to the sun. Unprotected exposure to the sun increases your risk of developing lip cancer. Use at least SPF30 sun block for your lips
  • Avoid the use of betel nut and bedis. Betel nut and bedis are causative agents for  oral cancer when chewed of smoked.
  • Eat a healthy well balanced diet. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables contains protective nutrients, reducing the risks of developing a variety of diseases including oral cancer.

The key to controlling mouth cancer is early detection.

Until recently, the primary method of detecting oral cancer has been by visual screening that relies on the naked eye of the clinician. Unfortunately, mouth cancer is often only apparent under these conditions at the later stages of the development of the disease. However, with new breakthroughs in technology, there is now a product called the VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System.

Smile Design Dental Practice are the proud owners of the VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System

Through the use of light shining through the tissues Velscope assists in the detection of abnormal areas, including pre cancerous lesions that may not be apparent to the naked eye.

All patients attending Smile Design Dental Practice benefit fromhaving the VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System incorporated into their Comprehensive Care appointments.

The screening examination involves shining a safe blue light into the mouth. When viewed through special filters, abnormal tissue will appear as an irregular, dark area that stands out against the otherwise fluorescent green of the surrounding healthy tissue. In most cases the VELscope exam will indicate that there is nothing to worry about.

If there is an area of potential concern, patient can be referred to the appropriate specialist for an accurate diagnosis at a considerably earlier moment in time.
Fortunately, the survival rate for oral cancer discovered in the early stages is extremely high.

That is why it is recommended that people should have an oral cancer screening once a year, or twice a year if you smoke or chew tobacco, and it is for this reason that we at Smile Design Dental Practice have invested in this technology. By promoting the early detection of oral cancer, it is hoped that the current mortality rate of this dreadful disease can be considerably improved.

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