At Ranches Family Dental the health and safety of our patients and staff is always a top priority. At this time our office will remain open for urgent visits as we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. We have monitored current guidelines from the American Dental Association. In order to be proactive, we have implemented the following guidelines to protect both our patients and our staff:
**The lobby is sanitized after every person leaves and has been closed for social distancing until further notice. Because of this, please come alone to your appointment. Make arrangements prior for children- which we know may be inconvenient with all the students out of school. Also, only 1 adult needs to accompany a minor.
**We have cancelled all hygiene and routine visits to stop the potential spread of the virus.
**Please brush your teeth prior to your arrival as the brushing area is closed until further notice.
Please reschedule appointments if you or anyone in your household has traveled outside the US for at least 2 weeks after your return.
If you have any symptoms of fever, cough, chills or flu-like symptoms we ask that you contact our office to reschedule your appointment.
Thank you for your understanding as we continue to provide exceptional dental care in a manner that is safe for both our patients and our team members. Stay healthy.
Thank you, kindly, Ranches Family Dental
Why Might You Need a Gum Biopsy?
Posted on 10/30/2019 by Ranches Family Dental
When you have something foreign in your mouth or throat our staff will recommend a biopsy of it. A biopsy is the removal of foreign tissue from the body to be examined closely.
Our dentist will recommend one on anything that isn't normal during an oral examination. If you feel or see anything abnormal contact our office immediately.
The Early Signs of Oral Cancer
In the early stages, there are often no signs or symptoms, but users of tobacco or alcohol products need checkups regularly. Signs to look for are patches near the mouth area that are red or white. Ulcers or sores that last longer than 7-10 days. Any lumps, sore throat, or feeling like something is stuck in your throat. These are just a few of the signs to be aware of.
Testing For Cancerous Cells
A biopsy is the only concrete way to identify cancer. The most common is an Incisional Biopsy. Our dentist will remove a small piece of the suspicious tissue to be examined under a microscope. Excisional Biopsy means removing all suspicious material. After the biopsy is tested, if the results show it's benign, it means it is non-cancerous and non-spreading. If diagnosed pre-malignant or malignant. It is cancerous and can spread to other areas. If diagnosed early enough it can be cured.
Research in the UK on oral cavity cancer found almost 80 out of 100 people survive their cancer for 1 year after being diagnosed. Almost 60 out of 100 people survive their cancer for over 5 years after being diagnosed. If caught early, a complete cure is possible in 90% of cases with surgery alone.
There are advanced surgeries, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy that have shown high cure rates. An early biopsy by our staff can save your life. Call and schedule an appointment today if you possess any of the early signs listed above.