Over the years, dentists have introduced several advanced technologies to enhance their diagnostic capabilities. One such technology is the VELscope. It is a handheld, battery-operated device that provides a non-invasive approach to analyze the oral tissues of the mouth.
It uses near-infrared light to detect problems that may not be visible with the naked eye in the oral cavity. In some cases, it also helps reveal abnormal or suspicious cells that could indicate the presence of a dangerous condition or disease.
What Is Its Function?
The VELscope allows dentists to quickly assess and evaluate oral tissues for hidden problems. It can be used to detect:
- Cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions.
- Fungal infections in the mouth.
- Vulnerable tooth roots and root canals.
- The presence of abnormal or inflamed lymph nodes in the neck region of the body.
- Aging gum tissue.
- Abnormal melanin deposits in the gums and teeth.
- Blood vessels beneath the gums.
- Dry sockets after tooth extraction.
What Are The Uses Of VELscope?
For dentists, VELscope is an effective tool for detecting oral cancer and other dangerous conditions in patients of all ages. For children, it helps identify oral cancer, gum diseases, cavities and tooth decay at an early age. For adults, it can help detect oral cancer, lesions that may lead to cancer, and other potentially dangerous conditions such as mouth lesions or blood vessels that may cause stroke or heart attack in older adults.
Is VELscope Painless To Use?
VELscope is painless and non-invasive as it uses near-infrared light to detect abnormalities in the oral cavity. It is generally used on children who are more sensitive toward medical instruments and procedures. The light from VELscope does not generate heat within the tissues of the mouth during use, thus eliminating any discomfort during its usage.
How Does VELscope Work?
VELscope works by directing a beam of near-infrared light into areas of interest in the mouth, such as gums, teeth, and other areas of interest. When this light strikes vibrating molecules like hemoglobin in red blood cells or water molecules within cancerous cells, it shifts into visible red light that can be seen with the naked eye. If any abnormalities are found during an examination with VELscope, they will be revealed as bright red spots or areas on a color-enhanced image on a video screen that can be viewed by both you and your dentist.
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