Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer Screening

At the front line in the fight against oral cancer, we at Marina Tooth Fairy have the best tools to help protect our patients from this deadly disease. Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection (LD) is that tool. Sapphire Plus LD provides enhanced visual information so we can better detect and diagnose the presence of cancer or pre-cancer, which is why Sapphire Plus LD is a routine part of all the complete visual and physical exams we perform in our practice.

Early detection is the key! When cancer is discovered late, survival rates are as low as 28%; when it’s discovered early, survival rates are as high as 82%. Getting screened is an effective way to discover oral cancer at an early, highly curable stage. With Sapphire Plus LD, we can even detect lesions before they produce any pain or symptoms. Under examination with Sapphire Plus LD, normal tissue appears green while dysplasia shows up as a dark area, exposing potential suspicious lesions that may not have been apparent under incandescent light.

HPV increases incidence of oral cancer in young adults and non-smokers. Human papillomavirus (HPV), the sexually transmitted infection commonly associated with 95% of cervical cancer cases, has been linked to oral cancer. HPV has caused an increase of cases in young, non-smoking individuals, a group that, until recently, had a low rate of oral cancer incidence.

X-Ray Safety/Digital X-Rays

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Offering superior resolution with less radiation exposure, the digital radiograph x-ray at your San Francisco dentist is an excellent new way to help diagnose possible oral problems. The digital radiograph not only emits half the amount of radiation associated with traditional x-rays, but is also much less time consuming.

 

  • Orthodontics/Invisalign®

    Orthodontics/Invisalign®

    Invisalign® is a breakthrough technology that lets you get the smile you always wanted without bands, brackets or wires. By using clear removable aligners, it straightens your teeth right before your eyes. Invisalign® technology treats the vast majority of common problems for adults and teens. Whether your smile needs minor improvements or something more extreme, Invisalign can help. It is successful at treating crowding and excess spacing of teeth, and even overbites, under bites and cross bites.

    Traditional braces are effective, but many people like the new invisible and removable Invisalign appliances. The Invisalign® technique utilizes a transparent, custom-fitted appliance. It is thin, so comfort is routine, and since it is clear, it is essentially invisible in your mouth! It is easy to remove to eat, brush and floss.

  • Oral Cancer Screening

    Oral Cancer Screening

    At the front line in the fight against oral cancer, we at Marina Tooth Fairy have the best tools to help protect our patients from this deadly disease. Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection (LD) is that tool. Sapphire Plus LD provides enhanced visual information so we can better detect and diagnose the presence of cancer or pre-cancer, which is why Sapphire Plus LD is a routine part of all the complete visual and physical exams we perform in our practice. Early detection is the key! When cancer is discovered late, survival rates are as low as 28%; when it’s discovered early, survival rates are as high as 82%. Getting screened is an effective way to discover oral cancer at an early, highly curable stage. With Sapphire Plus LD, we can even detect lesions before they produce any pain or symptoms.

  • Oral Salivary DNA Testing

    Oral Salivary DNA Testing

    Oral HPV is a manifestation of the HPV virus in the mouth, and is primarily found in the oropharyngeal complex. Early detection and identification of the presence or absence of oral HPV is important, as early oral HPV infections do not typically cause any clinical signs or symptoms.

    Dr. Benjamin and her team are one of the few San Francisco dental offices in the Bay Area that offer this procedure. Please feel free to ask any of our team members about it.

  • Canker Sore Therapy

    Canker Sore Therapy

    Have you ever had a canker sore? The official term for them is an apthous ulcer. If you’ve ever had one, you know how painful a canker sore can be and how unbearable it feels to wait for them to heal. It could be a week to two-week wait! Dental lasers are an amazing answer to the suffering that has been associated with canker sores.

    A dental soft tissue laser used for 30–45 seconds can relieve the pain that canker sores cause. The dental laser doesn’t even touch the lesion! It is literally waved like a magic wand over the lesion. After the dental laser is moved over the lesion, the stinging, burning pain is gone!

  • Cold Sore Therapy

    Cold Sore Therapy

    Cold sores are a common nuisance. Although there is no cure for the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2) that causes them, cold sore breakouts can be managed and avoided. Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, appear around the lips and mouth and are often associated with red, swollen and irritated skin around the breakout areas. Laser treatment at Marina Tooth Fairy is the most effective way to heal and prevent cold sore breakouts. Laser treatment not only relieves pain, but prevents future outbreaks as well.

    Call us today to learn more about our effective laser cold sore and cancer sore treatment or to make an appointment.