There are a number of different specific X-rays available when it comes to localizing and zoning in on one particular area of the mouth, as well as a larger overall region. There are also different angles that can be taken to better provide clear and precise imaging.
Although oral cancer will show up on most scans it is still important to make sure that everything that can be done for early detection is also practiced. In addition to using X-rays, our dental health experts are also regularly performing visual examinations, as well as feeling for swelling or lumps that would also indicate the presence of cancer. But these are not only beneficial in detecting cancer, they are also vital in containing it and keeping it from spreading to other areas of the body, including the neck, skull, brain, throat, or chest.
How X-Rays Can Help Prevent Spread
Since X-rays are so versatile in getting a literal inside look at the problem, once it has been determined that you are dealing with some type of oral cancer, regular scans can then be taken throughout the treatment process to make sure that it isn't moving or migrating to other close-by parts of the body. As we mentioned briefly it is not uncommon for a cancer of the mouth to move down into the throat and chest or back and up into the neck or even in rare cases, the brain.
If it's time for you to come in and have your checkup for oral cancer or other oral health-related issues, then don't hesitate to call us and set up a time to come by. If it isn't your normally scheduled time, but you have noticed something concerning in a home exam, then you need to make it in immediately and let us address it.