Your dentist may recommend an oral biopsy to diagnose periodontal disease, oral cancer, or other pathogenic dental conditions. Biopsies are medical procedures in which a small sample of gum or other tissue is removed from your mouth and sent to a lab for analysis. The sample will be used to diagnose:
Biopsies are frequently used in combination with imaging technology, such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRI scans.
During your biopsy procedure, your dentist will sterilize the area from which the sample is taken and administer a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort. If the sample site is difficult to reach, we may provide a general anesthetic that will allow you to sleep through the procedure rather than endure discomfort while our doctor maneuvers in your mouth to reach the area.
Your mouth may be numb for several hours following your procedure. When the anesthetic wears off, you may return to your regular activities and to a normal diet. The site of the biopsy may be sore for a few days. We recommend that you avoid brushing that area until the soreness fades. If your gums bleed, swell, or remain sore for more than a few days, contact our office.
The sample taken from your mouth will be sent to a lab for analysis. If a dental disease or other condition is diagnosed, we will create a treatment plan to restore your oral health.
For more information about dental biopsies and to schedule your appointment, please contact our office today.