Procedures

Oral Cancer Screening

Our oral surgeons perform many different types of surgery in the mouth, face, and jaws, including corrective jaw surgery. Corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, is often used to realign or reconstruct a patient’s face or jaws.

Corrective jaw surgery is performed to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities, including the misalignment of jaws and teeth. This type of surgery can improve chewing, speaking and breathing. Orthognathic surgery is ultimately performed to correct functional problems, but it can also dramatically enhance the patient’s appearance as a result of the procedure. Corrective jaw surgery can be life-changing for patients.

Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws and teeth don’t meet correctly. Repositioning the jaws so that the teeth meet (occlude) correctly improves jaw joint function and chewing (mastication) ability, and can also improve speech, breathing, sleep apnea, periodontal (gum) health and facial aesthetics.

Since this specific cancer can look like a burn inside of your mouth, doctors will typically wait to see if it goes away. If not, we will perform a biopsy so that we can receive a proper diagnosis. In order to perform an oral cancer screening, we may use sedation or general anesthesia. This allows us to remove a sample of the lesion so that the pathologist is able to look at it under a microscope and come up with a diagnosis. We understand that this can be a scary and stressful time. However, we promise to be there for you every step of the way. If you ever need anyone to talk to, we are here for you. If you simply have questions, we will be happy to answer them. If your results come back positive, the best option will be surgery, if we are able to localize and remove the lesion. If not, we may recommend a combination of radiation and chemotherapy. If you have any questions about oral cancer screening or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (305) 936-5974 (Aventura) or (305) 538-4556 (Miami Beach).

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