With a new year comes a new opportunity for resolutions. I am an advocate for overall health, but have a vested interest in oral health. One of the easiest pathways to proper oral health and subsequently better overall health is oral cancer screenings. We perform them every day on patients with and without teeth. We can screen and potentially biopsy if recommended. As with any cancer, prevention is of the highest importance. Short of prevention, early diagnosis gives us the opportunity to maintain the health and wellness that we all strive for.
Oral cancer is the largest group of those cancers which fall into the head and neck cancer category. Common names for it include such things as mouth cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer, and throat cancer. Approximately 51,550 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2018. This includes those cancers that occur in the mouth itself, in the very back of the mouth known as the oropharynx, and on the exterior lip of the mouth. For more than a decade there has been an increase in the rate of occurrence of oral and oropharyngeal cancers.
There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, a long term historic problem and cause, and the other is through exposure to the HPV-16 virus (human papilloma virus version 16), a newly identified etiology, and the same one which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women. A small percentage of people (under 7 %) do get oral cancers from no currently identified cause. It is currently believed that these are likely related to some genetic predisposition.
We have the tools and abilities to continue your oral health and overall health. We look forward to your next uneventful oral cancer screening.
Over 170 million Americans are missing one or more teeth, and 30% over the age of 65 are missing all of their teeth. While dentures and bridges can be good options to help restore your smile and function, dental implants are widely considered the best way to replace missing teeth.
Why dental implants? It's because implants are the only current method available that actually replaces the tooth root. The tooth root is a valuable part of your jaw structure which prevents bone loss, so if you are missing multiple teeth and don't bother to replace the root, it could lead to jaw shrinkage and eventual collapse. Plus, properly fitting dentures supported by implants can do wonders for your overall appearance. Proper support of the muscles, skin, and bone in the face can give a facelift-like effect and may take years off your appearance.
We offer the latest implant-supported denture technology, New You Dentures. These dentures are completely customizable to fit perfectly in your mouth and allow you to speak, eat, and drink normally. They won't interfere with your bite, as typical non-custom adhesive dentures might, and because they are custom-made just for you, they will be as comfortable as possible.
We understand that our patients have different lifestyles, needs, and budgets, so we offer a variety of New You Denture options. You can choose from:
- Permanently attached with 5 or 6 root replacements
- Snap-on with 4 root replacements
- Snap-on with 2 root replacements
- Adhesive with no implants
Dr. Clancy will discuss which type is best for you during your consultation. Although we do offer adhesive dentures, in most cases we strongly recommend implants for the reasons discussed previously.
Here at Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry, we have an in-house oral surgeon, so you will not need to go back and forth between an implant specialist and a cosmetic dentist at separate practices. Our patients appreciate the convenience and time saved with this arrangement.
If you are interested in implant-supported dentures or other options for replacing missing teeth, call Dr. Clancy at 781-396-8558 today to schedule your consultation.