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.
"After living 45+ years with an imperfect smile, I knew it was time for a change. After weeks of research and then another couple of months of consulting with various dentists throughout the valley , I chose Dr. Gombert to perfect my smile. Well, the research paid off!!! Dr. Gombert took an old, imperfect smile and added his magic touch. His knowledge, experience, artistry, craftsmanship, attention to detail, "white glove" patient approach and expertise have given me not only an amazing smile (dare I say, a "celebrity smile"?), but a boosted jolt of confidence as well. Dr. Gombert and his staff are incredible and I can't thank them enough. I am a Dr. G patient for life!!!"- K.P. / Yelp / Jan 22, 2018
"Troy is the best. Since moving to Arizona I just couldn't find a dentist I felt confident in or comfortable with; to say I'm picky is an understatement. I was in need of a CEREC crown and Dr. Gombert was able to accommodate me in short order; I knew exactly what to expect upfront and he did a great job on my crown! Troy gets it. His staff is friendly and they make you feel at ease. I'm so happy I found him!"- T.V. / Yelp / Jul 05, 2017
"If I could design my dream dental office, it would be Parkside Dental Health. They just don't get any better than this! Great staff, wonderful technicians who care about your comfort, a doctor who IMHO is an artist, and the fact that I always leave with a smile on my face - knowing that I have just had the best dental care anywhere in the valley... Thank you Dr. Gombert and staff for doing what I never thought was possible: making my dental visits a pleasurable experience! RayB"- R.B. / Yelp / Jul 28, 2016
"Amazing, truly talented and an artist in his field. I recently had 10 upper veneers placed and this was my first experience with Dr. Gombert and his team. After months of research and multiple consultations, I chose Dr. Gombert for the procedure. His fees for the service were on the upper end (not outrageous and definitely inline with top board certified dentists) but, when it comes to my teeth and smile money wasn't my primary deciding factor. I confirmed he does use top of the line products and they are AZ local. I felt extremely comfortable with him from our first visit. He was honest about the results and, since it was strictly for cosmetic reasons, did offer other options that would be more cost effective if timing wasn't a concern. He gave me all the disclaimers up front as far as preparation, treatment, timeline, pain factor and answered every question and concern I had very truthfully. After both procedures, he called me to see how I was feeling, both on Friday night and Saturday. He is just all around a very nice and caring man. In addition, his staff was beyond warm and welcoming. On my first visit to the office, the front desk ladies greeted in a friendly manner, almost as if I was a client for years. Lori was very lively and put me at ease when signing off on thousands of dollars for cosmetic work. Most of his staff have also had work done by Dr. Gombert and they all look beautiful. The office is very clean and inviting with a waiting room stocked with Keurig coffee and bottle water. The experience was just a bonus, my results were way beyond my expectations. I'm truly grateful to Dr. Gombert for his amazing work on my smile. I will be a client now for life!"- M.P. / Yelp / Apr 19, 2016
"Troy Gombert is outstanding. He works with great finesse and a delicate touch, and the quality of work is second to none. If you've ever had a dentist who is rough with your teeth then you'll appreciate this. His staff are also first rate, friendly and highly skilled. He's had the same hygienists for the 5 years or so that I've been going there, and they do a wonderful job. You can't go wrong with Troy."- B.W. / Yelp / Jan 07, 2016
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.