Tissue changes do not always mean cancer, but certainly need to evaluated promptly to determine the cause. Since oral cancer kills one person every hour, twenty-four hours a day, in North America, Dr. Koos strongly encourages performing self-examinations monthly to aid in early recognition as well as routine annual office screening utilizing the VELscope. The things to evaluate when performing self-examinations are:
- red or white patches of the oral tissues
- a sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
- an abnormal lump or thickening of the tissues of the mouth
- chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- difficulty in chewing or swallowing
- a mass or lump in the neck
Hard tissue lesions are often unrecognized by patients until a radiographic image sheds light on their existence. At ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio in downtown Chicago, Illinois, patients can rest assured that they will have the best imaging available for pathology via the iCat 3-D cone beam CT scanner. Ora Surgery practices eco-friendly dentistry®, using green solutions everyday to meet the needs of our patients.
Great place and great staff.
Great place and great staff. I was well informed about the entire procedure and the follow up process. I also felt very at ease knowing the doctor called me later in the day and him providing me his number in case anything happens.
Dr. Koos is the best!
I love it here! Everyone is so kind and attentive! Dr. Koos is the best!