What is an oral biopsy?
A biopsy involves the removal of a tissue sample generally done to diagnoses lesions and cysts occuring within the mouth. Biopsies may be done ranging from simple periapical lesions to malignancies to detect oral cancer.
Experienced oral surgeons checks within x-ray imaging and plans biopsy surgery to ensure that the biopsy taken from the patient is correcty done that is beneficial to the receiving pathologist (the doctor expert that checks for tumors) in reaching a meaningful diagnoses, and corresponding providing the patient an accurate and correct result for further treatment plan.
There is often more than one method of performing the biopsy surgery successfully. Whatever the method used, your oral surgeon will need to provide representative sample to the pathologist whilst minimising any perioperative discomfort to you.
When do you need oral biopsy?
- A new sore or lesion on your gum that has lasts longer than two weeks and is not improving. It is normally a white or red patch on your gum.
- An enlarging mass, chronic ulceration or tissue friability.
- There is a hardened mass or formation.
- There is persistence mucosal changes even when local irritants is removed.