It is important to seek care from a dental professional about any sore or pain in the mouth that doesn’t go away. They will ask questions about your medical and dental history. Your entire mouth, including your lips and teeth, will be checked. A biopsy or other tests may also be done.
During a biopsy, a small piece of gum, soft tissue, or bone is removed and sent to a lab. At the lab, it is analyzed for abnormalities, which could be a sign of disease, illness, infection, or injury. Signs that may prompt your dentist to refer you for a biopsy include lumps in the mouth, gum or skin that changed color or texture, a lesion that does not seem to heal, or any area of tissue or bone that appears unusual.
There are three types of biopsies that can be performed at Greater Phoenix Periodontics & Implants. The first is a brush biopsy, in which cells are gently lifted from an area in the mouth that was cause for concern with a microbrush. The second is an incisional biopsy, which removes a piece of the area. The third, an excisional biopsy, removes the entire affected area. The type of biopsy that is used for each patient depends on the individual case.
After the biopsy is complete, the sample will be sent to a lab. The patient can return home to wait for results. Our staff at Greater Phoenix Periodontics & Implants would be happy to send the results of any biopsy directly to the patient or to your general dentist.
Call Greater Phoenix Periodontics & Implants today to discuss our biopsy procedures.