Every year over 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer. Biopsies are a critical part of diagnosing oral cancer and other diseases that can have a severe impact on your oral and overall health. Jeffrey Graves, DDS, provides state-of-the-art biopsy procedures at Rotary Way Oral Surgery, in Vallejo, California. If you need a biopsy and are looking for an expert oral surgeon, call or make an appointment online today.
What is a biopsy?
If you have abnormal tissue in your mouth, such as a lump, bump, or a discolored patch, a biopsy is a procedure to take a sample of cells to find out what’s causing the irregularity. Biopsies are quick outpatient procedures that only require a local anesthetic.
At Rotary Way Oral Surgery, Dr. Graves offers excisional and needle procedures. After collecting your biopsy, he sends the sample of cells to a lab where technicians run tests to identify the issue.
Why would I need a biopsy?
Dr. Graves orders biopsies to diagnose the causes of abnormal or potentially cancerous tissue in your mouth. You may need a biopsy to identify the condition causing:
- Sores or ulcers that don’t heal.
- White or red patches on your gums or other soft tissue.
- Swelling in your gums or other soft tissue.
- Other changes in your gums that cause loose teeth.
Oral biopsies identify a range of conditions including oral cancer, systemic amyloidosis, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, or other benign mouth lesions or infections.
What happens during a biopsy?
Biopsies are quick, outpatient procedures. At Rotary Way Oral Surgery, Dr. Graves prepares you for your biopsy by injecting a local anesthetic into your gums to numb the area thoroughly. Then using a small scalpel or hollow needle, he takes a small sample of cells. If necessary, Dr. Graves may close any holes or incisions from your biopsy with a dissolvable stitch.
What happens after a biopsy?
After your biopsy, you can go right back to your regular activities. While your mouth will stay numb for an hour or two following your procedure, you can return to work or school. You can return to your regular diet on the same day, although you should be careful while biting or chewing while your mouth is still numb. You may also want to take extra care when brushing your teeth or flossing around the biopsy site.
The team at Rotary Way Oral Surgery will call you with your results and schedule any necessary follow-up appointments for additional treatment.
If you have abnormal tissue in your mouth, call Rotary Way Oral Surgery or schedule a consultation online today.