Oral Cancer Screening
Vizilite plus with TBlue630 (Zila Pharmaceuticals) is the industry leader in oral cancer screening. Vizilite studies are extensive, and the FDA has long accepted its indication for oral cancer screening. The Vizilite Plus with TBlue630 Oral Lesion Identification and Marking System comprises 2 components: Vizilite, to aid early detection of pre malignant lesions and oral cancer, and TBlue630 (Zila Tolonium Chloride), a patented, pharmaceutical-grade dye similar to the generic dye known as toluidine blue.
There is abundant evidence-based medicine related to the efficacy of generic toluidine blue and its demonstrated use as a preferential stain of premalignant lesions and oral cancer. The procedure is fairly simple: the patient rinses with a raspberry vinaigrette-tasting solution, a special glow light stick is activated, and this light is then placed in the patient’s mouth. Through the technology of chemiluminescence, healthy tissue will look normal, and unhealthy tissue, which may be pre malignant or malignant, will light up and appear whitish in the mouth. These lesions are now very easy to distinguish. If a lesion is found, the toluidine blue in TBlue630 is then used to stain the tissue, and a digital intraoral photograph is taken and sent with the patient to the oral surgeon for further evaluation. TBlue630 is retained in premalignant lesions with a high probability of malignant transformation and oral cancer, and never misses oral cancer. This is unique to the Vizilite Plus system and is a major leap in oral cancer screening and detection.
The Vizilite Plus system is the only FDA-cleared adjunctive screening technology for the identification, evaluation, and monitoring of oral mucosal abnormalities, including pre malignant lesions and oral cancer, in a patient population at increased risk for oral cancer (healthy patients age 18 and older).
Even with the best eyes you could possibly have, doing an oral cancer examination is challenging because the mouth has so many different colors and much of the tissue looks the same. In addition, some of these lesions may be a millimeter or less in diameter, and they are easily missed during an examination. Vizilite Plus can help distinguish these lesions so that we can find pre malignant and malignant lesions much earlier in the process, thereby giving patients a much better chance at long-term survival.
In our Glendale dental office, the team members will prep the patient, and I will come in and do the screening, even though my dental team will also look into the patient’s mouth and do a screening as well. It never hurts to have an extra set of eyes.
As we strive to provide the finest in Phoenix cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry, your health is always our first and foremost priority. Contact Dentist, Dr. Wilcox for a free new patient consultation today in Phoenix, Glendale, or Scottsdale, Arizona.