Superman is the best known fictional hero with “x-ray vision”. This skill lets him see what’s behind brick walls, and in the trunks of cars and transport trailer trucks, so he doesn’t have to break down doors and disrupt other people’s lives everywhere he goes on his missions to save planet Earth and humans in distress.
But there are other types of enhanced vision abilities that other superheroes have… For example have you ever heard of Chemo Vision? That’s the ability to see pheromone output. Gamma Vision is the ability to see gamma radiation. Emotion Vision is the ability to read auras, and is actually a common skill among psychics, mystics and seers. This vision upgrade lets folks see the emotional well being of others. Energy Vision is the ability to see hidden and or unused power sources. .. and so on.
Barrie dentist has cameras that let her see cavities and cancer.
Inspired by superheroes, Barrie dentist at Big Bay Point Dentistry has purchased some very advanced scientific gadgets that give her super powers – she has enhanced optical equipment which allows her to look close at her patient’s teeth and go on a hunt for cavities and cancerous lesions. A mouth ulcer is the loss or erosion of part of the delicate tissue that lines the inside of the mouth (mucous membrane). Some causes can include certain prescription drugs, and infectious diseases such as herpes or thrush.
In most cases, mouth ulcers are harmless and resolve by themselves in a few days without the need for medical treatment. Aphthous ulcers are recurring ulcers found in mouth tissue with no known cause that affect one in five people on Earth.
Interoral Cameras Show Clients’ Dental Caries
The CS 1500 Intraoral Camera generates remarkably sharp images and has a great depth of field. The CS 1500 Camera is an all-in-one solution for dental digital photography stills and videos. From full arch to macro views, the camera delivers consistently clear, high-resolution images that can be easily shared with patients.
The mechanism makes crisp visuals that help dentists explain treatment options because they can actually show the problems and perfectly describe the solutions. This particular camera’s advanced sensor and lens can easily view even the smallest cracks, caries and lesions.
Dentist uses Velscope to look for cancer.
The Velscope was recently developed by LED Dental and is marketed today an oral cancer-screening device. It does not diagnose cancer, but is an adjunct to the oral examination. That’s why its called an adjunctive device, It is, by all accounts, a fantastic non-invasive screening device.
Holding onto the pistol grip like a magnifying glass, the dentist shines a safe blue light into the patient’s mouth. Today this device is cordless and lightweight, making it exceptionally portable, but earlier models were much heavier, bulkier, and much more expensive.
How does VELscope Work?
When viewed through the VELscope’s patented filters, healthy tissue fluoresces green. Suspicious tissue, oral abnormalities that may be oral cancer, has a different fluorescence signature, and will appear as dark, irregularly shaped patches. If a suspicious lesion is detected, the hygienist will normally have the dentist view it using the VELscope as well. In some cases, questioning the patient may reveal that he or she burned her mouth eating hot food. However if the lesion cannot be explained, the dentist will normally ask the patient to return for a follow-up screening in two or three weeks. If the condition has not improved, the dentist will usually perform a surgical biopsy or refer the patient to a specialist.
The VELscope is a discovery device, not a diagnostic device. Only a surgical biopsy can provide an accurate diagnosis of a lesion. In some cases the diagnosis will be cancer, pre-cancer or dysplasia, but more often some other type of oral disease will be diagnosed. Examples include lichen planus and bacterial, viral and fungal infections. While these conditions are clearly much less serious than cancer, they are conditions that need to be discovered and treated.
One person in North American dies every hour of every day from oral cancer related illness, and many of those who survive the disease are forced to deal with lengthy, painful treatment and permanent disfigurement. The main problem is that oral cancer is typically discovered in late stages, when the five-year survival rate is only around 30%.
Using Velscope the Dentist Can find other anomalies besides cancer. Cleared by the FDA, and approved by Health Canada, and the World Health Organization, the VELscope is the world’s most widely used adjunctive device for the discovery of,
- Viral, fungal and bacterial infections
- Inflammation from a variety of causes (lichen planus and lichenoid reactions, allergy to amalgam fillings, etc.)
- Squamous papillomas;
- Salivary gland tumors;
- Cancer and pre-cancer;
- Other oral mucosal conditions…
Detecting oral abnormalities early leads to more treatment options, potentially less invasive or radical treatments and better patient outcomes. Read about this Barrie dentist on Yelp and search for other dental clinics in Barrie that have this or other super devices. Post by Robert Campbell on Oct 18, 2014