HPV Testing in Dentistry

HPV Testing in Dentistry

Posted by Julita S. Patil on Jul 2 2021, 11:09 AM

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that causes infection in the throat. It makes lesions in the throat that can be precancerous or cancerous in nature. HPV testing is a screening method that helps to detect lesions. At Julita S. Patil, DDS Inc., oral HPV testing helps diagnose the virus in the body, which aids the patients to get treatment at the earliest. 

The Procedure of Oral HPV Test

A set of small mirrors are used to examine the throat to spot any lesions or other abnormalities in areas that are difficult to see. It can be in the throat, larynx, or under the tongue. The dentist also uses a laryngoscope or a pharyngoscope that provides a clear view of the throat. The dentist may also use a special light to observe parts of the throat closely and precisely.  A small amount of the lesion would be taken using forceps and then sent for biopsy for further examination. 

How Important Is the HPV Test for You?

If the patient has slight irritation in their throat and feels the presence of a lump-like structure in their throat, they should undergo an HPV test at the soonest possible time. People can also get the test done to know the genetic disposition of DNA in their bodies. It helps to access the cancerous and non-cancerous cells in the body. Early diagnosis is facilitated through HPV testing, which helps in treating the disease and cancer it causes early. 

Benefits of the Oral HPV test. 

  • It is a life-saving process that helps to detect the disease and possible cancer in people.
  • It is an immediate process that requires a little amount of time for the results. 
  • The HPV test is a cost-effective test that can help save not only the lives of patients but also the money that would have been spent on cancer treatment.
  • It is the best alternative to other blood tests. 

Oral HPV testing can help in saving the life of the patient through the early diagnosis that it can make. If HPV or, worse, cancer is found, treatment can be initiated early before it spreads to the other parts of the body. 

Overall dental health checkups are provided at Julita S. Patil, DDS Inc., located in Concord, CA. Book an appointment with our dentistry by calling (925) 689-2585 to learn more about oral HPV tests and other dental procedures. 



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