Oral Cancer Exam

According to the American Cancer Society, over 30,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year, with over 7000 of these cases resulting in the death of the patient. Fortunately, oral cancer can be diagnosed with an annual cancer exam provided by Dr. Bryan Frantz or Dr. Kristen Frantz . If caught early, oral cancer can be effectively treated.

Oral cancer is a pathologic process, which begins by producing no symptoms making it hard to recognize without an exam. There are many types of oral cancer, including teratoma, adenocarcinoma and melanoma. The most common form of oral cancer is malignant squamous cell carcinoma, which typically originates in the lip and mouth tissue. There are many other places in which oral cancers occur, including: the tongue, salivary glands, throat, gums, and face.

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What to Expect from an Oral Cancer Exam

The oral cancer examination is completely painless. Drs. Bryan Frantz and Kristen Frantz will look for abnormalities and feel the face, glands, and neck for unusual bumps. Lasers may be used to highlight pathologic changes, and can “look” below the surface for spots and lesions invisible to the naked eye. Some of the signs that will be investigated are red patches and sores. Red patches on the floor of the mouth, or the front of the tongue, and bleeding sores which fail to heal easier, can be indicative of cancerous changes. Leukoplakia is a hardened white or gray, slightly raised lesion that can appear inside the mouth, and may be cancerous. Signs of these will be examined as well. Finally, soreness, lumps or the general thickening of tissue anywhere in the throat or mouth can signal pathologic signs, and will be examined.

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

If abnormalities, lesions, lumps, or leukoplakia are apparent, Drs. Bryan Frantz or Kristen Frantz will implement a treatment plan that is right for you. Treatment options vary according to the precise diagnosis, but may include: excision, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

It is also important to note that over 75% of oral cancers are linked with avoidable behaviors such as smoking, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption. Drs. Bryan Frantz or Kristen Frantz can provide you with literature and options about quitting dangerous behaviors such as tobacco use.

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I would recommend this office to anyone!! If you want people who actually care& know what they are doing,you definitely need to make an appointment here,you will not be sorry!! They have made me a very happy person

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The staff and Doctor Frantz are amazing! They put me at ease with my concerns and couldn't be more accommodating. I highly recommend them!

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I have been coming here for more than 35 years (first when the office was located in Scranton). I originally had periodontal work done and over the course of years, 3 dental implants. Now I go for regular cleanings. Doctors Brian & Kristen Frantz are awesome to work with & take the time to explain all procedures in detail. My dental hygienist (Marissa) is friendly & professional & worth traveling from Pittson for regularly scheduled appointments. I am extremely happy with the professional & friendly service of the staff from greeting to check out. I have & will continue to highly recommend Perio Health & Dental Implants to friends, family, & anyone seeking advice based on my own personal experience.

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such a top to bottom great experience that i honestly regret that i don't get to come back for a while. thank you all so much. lucky to have a practice like this- with such expertise and so accommodating- in nepa.

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Having a very difficult past with dental procedures and issues, I was beyond resistant and was procrastinating making necessary dental appointments. From the moment I called Perio Health, I felt at ease just from the conversation with the receptionist. Then I met Dr Bryan and cannot begin to adequately describe the amazing care and concern he demonstrated within the first 2 minutes. There is no doubt Dr Bryan, as well as Dr Kristen, have their patients' best interest at heart. They have both taken extra time and have brought me in for several consultations making sure I was in agreement and at ease with everything recommended. I literally cannot recommend this dental group enough. I no longer dread going to the dentist or experience the uncertainty prior to my dental appointments. I am beyond grateful for both Dr. Bryan and Dr. Kristen

- Dana P

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I am very happy with the care I've received. They've basically saved my teeth. The office has a pleasant atmosphere. The staff is friendly and professional. I highly recommend this group for specialized dental services.

- Donald G

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I highly recommend perio health and dental implants to everyone I know! From the moment you step into the office, the staff treats you like family. The receptionists are very kind and accommodating! The dental hygienists, especially Nora, are efficient, smart and friendly! Dr.Frantz is amazingly talented! He always takes time to explain the problem, procedures and recommendations to me. He answers every question I have and ensure that I am comfortable with the treatment plan. Dr. Frantz is my primary Periodontist, but there is a team approach in the office and the other doctors in the office consulted and reviewed my case. It was so reassuring knowing that I had a whole team dental professionals working on my case. The office has the newest technology and uses the most cutting edge procedures and the results show it! I could not be happier with the outcome of my treatment! Thank you to the entire team at Perio Health and Dental Implants for giving me a beautiful smile!

- Sarah G

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- Jill L

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I am very happy with Dr. Franz. Dr. Franz explained each procedure to me and answered all of my questions. The Receptionists are always smiling, welcoming and accommodating. The Dental Assistants are always asking if there is anything they can do to make me feel more comfortable. Dr. Franz and his Staff are constantly ensuring that I am fully informed and at ease. Everyone is very kind and dedicated to the needs of the patient. I would highly recommend Dr. Franz.

- Kathy P

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I can't express my awesome positive experience at PHDI. Smile! It's worth the long haul.

- Rita M

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Fabulous! I would recommend Dr. Frantz, his staff, and his wonderful front desk for making my appointments flawless. I have recommended all of my family and friends to come to PHDI. I travel from New Jersey to receive all my dental care from Dr. Frantz!! I would never go anywhere else!

- Carol W

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​​​​​Dear Dr. Frantz as you know I have continuously been a patient of yours since I received several dental implants over 20 years ago. I just wanted you to know that today I had the pleasure of seeing Marissa S. - dental hygienist extraordinaire! Marissa did a fantastic examination; however, when I got home and saw how clean my teeth were I just had to write and let you know how pleased I am. From the people at the reception desk to the hygienists you seem to have a knack for hiring outstanding people. It's truly a pleasure to know that I am in such good hands when I visit your office. I think that they are all worthy of a raise or at least a sincere "at-a-girl". (Maybe a lunch - just saying). Yours truly, Richard Bomba

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