Allan L. Link DMD

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Overview of VELscope

Dr. Allan link and his team at The DentaLink are committed to providing high quality, advanced dental care for St. Louis, Ballwin, and surrounding communities. Both of our offices are equipped with state-of-the-art technology so that you can benefit from the best that modern dentistry has to offer. We are proud to introduce the revolutionary VELscope diagnostic technology to our practices.

What is VELscope?

VELscopeVELscope is a small device that utilizes safe, comfortable blue light to help your dentist or hygienist assess your oral health. It is used during your regular dental checkup to detect oral cancer, pre-cancer, and a wide variety of other oral disease. The light causes a florescence reaction in oral tissues, making them glow various shades of red, green, and yellow. The system also prevents reflection of the blue light and enhances the contrast between normal and abnormal tissues.


When you think of dentistry, you probably think about teeth, and maybe about gum disease. However, one of the most important services a dentist offers is oral cancer screening. Thousands of Americans die from oral cancer each year, and the dental community is working hard to decrease those numbers. Like other types of cancer, the survival rate is very high (over 80 percent) if the tumor is discovered in the early stages. The cure rate for oral cancer discovered in the late stages is less than 15 percent. Early detection can literally be lifesaving.

A VELscope examination:

  • Only takes about two minutes to complete
  • Is comfortable and completely non-invasive
  • Involves no unpleasant mouth rinses or messy dyes
  • Illuminates a large surface area, for fast and effective diagnostics
  • Can detect cancers and other oral abnormalities before they would be visible with the naked eye

We use VELscope because we care. We think of our patients as our friends and family, and we want every one of them to live a long, happy, healthy life. When you are a patient of The DentaLink, you have a dentist in the family. Isn't it time to come for a visit? Call us at (314) 450 7923 in Saint Louis or (636) 200 6154 in Ballwin and schedule your appointment today.<.p>

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is a serious condition that should be diagnosed as soon as it is spotted for the best possible outcome. This cancer develops in the mouth around the gum tissue, inside the cheek, or even in the throat. However, often it goes undiagnosed until it has become a larger problem. Dr. Allan Link and the team of TheDentaLink, LLC believe in providing proper diagnostic tools for effective detection. At his practice, he proudly uses the VELscope device.

The VELscope device is small. It is used during regular checkups for oral cancer diagnosis. It has a small light that reflects a different color when it comes across abnormal tissues versus healthy, normal tissues. This florescent reaction helps in detecting areas that may possibly be cancerous or pre-cancerous. If an area of abnormal tissue is noticed by the VELscope, Dr. Allan Link performs a biopsy to test the tissues to determine if they are cancerous.

The VELscope device is the latest in oral cancer diagnosis and can lead to effective treatment early enough for successful intervention. At TheDentaLink, LLC, we understand the scope of oral health and wellness and provide the services to achieve it. From oral cancer screenings to physical examinations, we assess the smile and provide treatments as determined necessary right in our state-of-the-art dental practice.

There are several advantages to using the VELscope device for oral cancer detection. The VELscope:

  • Provides fast and effective diagnosis over a large surface area
  • Eliminates the need for rinses and dyes
  • Is comfortable and painless
  • Provides a non-invasive examination in two minutes or less
  • Detects abnormal cells that may not be seen during a physical evaluation
  • Provides early detection for lifesaving treatment

Oral cancer can be deadly, though the survival rate is extremely high with early detection by a professional. Patients in or around the area of Saint Louis and Ballwin, Missouri are encouraged to make an appointment at TheDentaLink, LLC to learn about the advantages of oral cancer screening with the VELscope tool. Contact us today to book a consultation appointment.

Oral Cancer Detection

Oral Cancer DetectionOral cancer takes thousands of American adults every year. As with any type of cancer, early diagnosis is the key to intervening at a point where it can be controlled and removed. Oral cancer affects any part of the mouth, including the throat, and abnormal tissues may not be diagnosed with a simple physical evaluation. This is why Dr. Allan Link and his dental team have invested in equipment to make diagnosis easy and effective. Our state-of-the-art practice uses the VELscope device for early oral cancer detection.

The VELscope is used at every dental appointment with our patients, including simple cleanings and examinations. This device emits a special light that reflects certain colors in the mouth when it detects abnormal tissues. It illuminates a large surface, which allows a quick, non-invasive screening for our patients. The screening typically takes less than two minutes and can be lifesaving.

The VELscope device detects oral abnormalities and brings them to the attention of our dental team for diagnosis. Oral cancer typically requires a biopsy to test the tissues for abnormal cells at a laboratory. If cancerous cells are detected, patients must then discuss with their dentist the appropriate treatment. This may include excision, radiation, or chemotherapy. The treatment option chosen varies depending on the size and severity of the cancer. Spreading of the cancerous cells may also require more invasive treatment solutions. Dr. Allan Link and his team can refer patients to an oncologist for further analysis of the cancer, and the treatment choices available to them. An oncologist specializes in cancer and can provide the most effective solutions.

TheDentaLink, LLC offers two convenient locations in Saint Louis and Ballwin, Missouri. We provide family-friendly services to patients in the surrounding communities. If you are interested in learning about the importance of oral cancer screenings, contact Dr. Allan Link and his team today to book a consultation appointment. We educate patients on the advantages of using the VELscope technology for improving their overall health and wellness.