Oral Cancer Specialist
Oral Cancer Specialist in Porterville, CA
Oral Cancer Q & A
- Roof or floor of the mouth
- Loose teeth
- Sore throat
- Bleeding sores
- Difficulty swallowing
- Pain in the tongue or jaw
- Mouth sores that don’t heal
- Thickening skin growth on the lining of the mouth
- Excessive alcohol use
- Using tobacco products
- Sun exposure
- Weakened immune system
In many cases, Dr. Hardt and Dr. Monterroso discover early signs of oral cancer during routine dental examinations. For this reason, it’s important to schedule regular dental visits that allow them to inspect your oral health and identify signs of cancer in its earliest stages, especially if you have a history of cancer in your family.
If you show signs of cancer, Dr. Hardt or Dr. Monterroso may recommend a biopsy, a procedure that involves the removal of cells from your mouth for advanced testing.
A biopsy also confirms a cancer diagnosis and helps in determining how far the cancer has advanced.
Depending on what stage your cancer is at, you may need a referral for surgery to remove the tumor. Additional exploratory surgery may also be necessary to determine if cancer has spread to other areas of your body, including your head and neck.
Dr. Hardt and Dr. Monterroso work with your cancer specialist following your treatment to monitor your overall health.
To learn more about oral cancer screening services, call Richard Hardt, D.D.S. in Porterville, California, or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.