Did you know that the NICD routinely screens for oral cancer during your check-ups? To date this has included visual and tactile tests for lumps, bumps and/or tissue changes.
Now with the addition of new technology, we are able to detect pre-cancerous areas before skin changes occur and masses develop. Called the VELscope Vx, it is a non-invasive handheld device that uses stimulation of natural fluorescence to reveal diseased areas not yet visible or palpatable.
When found early, the 5-year survival rate for oral cancer is approximately 83 percent, as compared to a 5-year survival rate of 32 percent when found at a later stage.
Together the VELscope Vx and patient education are the most powerful weapons we can offer in the fight against oral cancer. Be aware that the use of tobacco products is the main contributor to oral cancer. If suspicious lumps, bumps or tissue changes arise between dental visits, call us immediately for a check-up. We want to keep you healthy — for life.
Contact us for more information or visit <https://www.oralcancer.org> or <https://www.velscope.com>
Michael R. Sesemann, DDS, was among several international lecturers invited to address the Future of Restorative Dentistry Leadership Summit, held recently in Orlando by Ivoclar Vivadent, a global dental product innovator. Dr. Sesemann addressed an audience of 30 leading dentists from North America and Europe on the topic, Bulk Fill Works in Practice: Balancing Efficiency and Long-Term Performance with Direct Posterior Composites. Special emphasis was placed on evidence-based case studies from his dental practice at Nebraska Institute of Comprehensive Dentistry (NICD) in Omaha. Bulk Fill is a new composite restorative material created to maintain a high degree of esthetic and functional integrity while improving production time and reducing procedural stresses on the treated teeth. In 2010, Dr. Sesemann was one of the first North American dentists to be selected to research the product. “This summit brought together an esteemed collection of presenters and a great group of professionals,” said Dr. George Tysowsky, Vice President of Research and Development for Ivoclar Vivadent. “We discussed very important trends that are currently impacting dentistry, including Bulk Fill restorative materials, new technologies, and new cementation protocols.” PHOTO: Event attendees