Diagnostic services

Dental diagnostic services

We have highly advanced diagnostic equipment including a Panoramic/OPG machine inhouse for immediate diagnoses.  An OPG rotates around your head and scans the upper and lower jaws displaying the nasal as well as maxillary sinuses, all teeth and gum tissues allowing a thorough assessment of the head and neck. This radiograph is then explained to you in detail by Dr Bijlani as we feel its important to understand the importance of why the x-ray was recommended and its value in diagnosing any pathology that will need treatment.

 

This is very useful for new patients to screen for oral cancer and also prior to removing wisdom teeth or placing dental Implants.

  • Mouth cancer

Mouth cancer kills more people each year than cervical cancer. During a thorouh examination we can spot mouth cancer, which is one of the reasons why it’s so important to have regular 6monthly check-ups.
Early signs of mouth cancer can be something as simple as a mouth ulcer that won’t go away. If you are over 40 and a heavy smoker or drinker, you are more likely to be at risk, so you need to be especially watchful for changes in your mouth.

If you have a mouth ulcer that lasts for more than two weeks, or a red or white patch in your mouth, or you notice a swelling or growth that doesn’t go down after a couple of weeks, please come and visit us. It may be nothing, but that simple check-up could just save your life. Remember, half of those diagnosed with mouth cancer die from the disease because it wasn’t caught early enough.

We will look at your face and neck and feel under your jaw and down your neck. They will also have a good look around your mouth, including under your tongue, to check for any of the warning signs.

You can reduce your risk of mouth cancer quite simply. If you stop smoking, cut down on your alcohol intake and make sure you eat a healthy diet with at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, you can dramatically reduce the risks.