Many people believe that if they abstain from tobacco and alcohol use or do not have a family history of the disease, oral cancer will not affect them. However, 25% of those diagnosed abstain from both substances. The very best way to protect yourself from oral cancer is to maintain regular dental examinations with Dr. Troy Gombert in Chandler, AZ, who will examine your mouth to check for signs or symptoms of oral cancer. Using the advanced, FDA-approved technology known as VELscope, Dr. Gombert can detect oral cancer in its earliest stages.
How does the VELscope work?
VELscope uses fluorescence visualization (FV), which is a bright blue light that is shone into the mouth to expose changes and cancerous lesions that are otherwise invisible. Prior to the discovery of this innovative procedure, oral cancer was often missed as it looks very similar to other common, non-threatening lesions and dental conditions. VELscope allows Dr. Gombert to see what is happening beneath the surface of your mouth so that he can make an efficient, early diagnosis.
"Love Dr.Gombert. He is a genuine, caring person (and dentist). He relaxes me through conversation and humor when I’m in “that chair”. I definitely recommend Dr. Troy Gombert to anyone seeking a dentist."- S.T. / Facebook / Jun 06, 2019
"Parkside Dental is an excellent practice, with welcoming staff who ensure a pleasant experience for each patient in their office. It is always nice to see everyone's positive attitude, and hard work to exceed each patient's needs and expectations. Dr Gombert is a skilled and confident dentist, with great attention to detail. He always listens carefully to his patients' questions and comments, and offers honest and knowledgeable feedback in return. Dr Gombert also treats his staff with consideration and respect, which reflects in their work, and results in a great overall experience for the patients. It is truly a pleasure to visit this practice each time, and to experience the pride they all take in what they do to provide excellent care to everyone. Parkside Dental is the perfect place for anyone who appreciates quality, and is looking to establish a long-term relationship with one of the best dentists in the greater Phoenix area. Thank you, Dr Gombert and staff for everything you do!"- M.L. / Yelp / Feb 21, 2020
"I am a new patient of Dr. Gombert’s and specifically went to him for veneers to correct cracks, chips and yellowing that happens with age. Not only was he able to make a fantastic smile, but also identified some underlying issues that needed attention before placing permanent veneers. Through the whole process he could not of been more attentive and caring. He explained the procedures with great detail and there were no surprises. His skill and passion can definitely been seen in my new smile. I couldn’t be more thrilled that I chose to trust Dr. Gombert with my new teeth!"- D.A. / Healthgrades / Feb 11, 2020
"I’ve been seeing Dr. Gombert for years and can honestly say I will never go anywhere else. Not only does he provide top notch care for his clients, but his dental assistants are held to the same standard as well. I know that I can fully trust him and his assistants with all of my dental needs and I will be provided with the best possible service. In addition to this, the office and instruments are sparkling clean and the environment of the office is beautiful and peaceful. I would recommend Dr. Gombert to anyone."- K.G. / Healthgrades / Feb 08, 2020
"Wonderful dentist !! Great office and staff ! Troy is her skilled and is very knowledgeable ! Highly recommend !"- T.P. / Google / Jan 29, 2020
Oral cancer can affect anyone. As such, each patient that visits our dental practice is an ideal candidate for VELscope screening. While brushing and flossing your teeth each day, you should also visually inspect your teeth, gums, and mouth for any signs or symptoms of cancer. Those who are considered high-risk (tobacco consumers, those who consume large amounts of alcohol daily, and individuals with a history of cancer) should be ever-diligent about scheduling and attending annual dental examinations to aid in the early detection of oral cancer.
What to Expect
VELscope oral-cancer examinations take only two or three minutes to perform. The procedure is not painful or invasive and it can help save lives. The procedure will be performed in conjunction with your annual dental examination and will include a visual inspection of your glands, tongue, cheek, and palate, as well as your teeth. You will be given special eyewear to wear (to protect your retinas) and the lights will be dimmed to allow a clear view of your mouth. Any lesions or cancerous cells will be illuminated with the blue light emitted by the handpiece. Dr. Gombert may perform a biopsy if he discovers any areas of concern.
The results of the biopsy dictate the best course of action from there. If a biopsy is taken and it tests positive for oral cancer, you may be referred to a specialist to begin treatment for cancer. If you do not have any signs or symptoms of cancer during your examination, or a biopsy is taken but is clear of cancer cells, the only follow-up necessary is to maintain a healthy oral health regimen and to keep regularly scheduled dental examinations and cleanings.
Insurance companies typically cover a dental examination once yearly. It is during this examination that your oral cancer screening will be performed. As such, the screening is usually covered by dental insurance. Our support staff will contact your provider to determine your coverage and calculate your out-of-pocket-cost. This information will be discussed with you prior to your screening.
Proactive Dental Care
Being proactive with your dental health is the best way to keep your smile bright, white, and healthy. Dr. Gombert is passionate about helping you remain proactive with your health. If it is time to schedule your annual dental examination with an oral cancer screening, contact our Chandler, AZ dental practice today. Our skilled staff looks forward to visiting with you.