Typically each exam starts with a full visual evaluation. Every bit of tissue that makes up your oral cavity is checked then double-checked for any signs of abnormalities. After the initial visual screening the dentist or hygienist will feel around with a gloved hand to detect any lumps or unusual swelling in and around the mouth.
If during the screening process Dr. Schultz observes any abnormalities such as red or white colored patches, unusual lumps, discoloration or sores we will recommend that a biopsy be performed. A biopsy is a procedure in which a doctor collects a piece of the lesion to test for malignancies.