Laser-Assisted Oral Cancer Biopsies
Our 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:
- Ulcers, sores or lesions on your gums
- White or red patches on your gums
- Persistent or chronic swelling of the gums
- Changes in your gums that may be causing loose teeth or dentures
Biopsies are frequently used in combination with imaging technology, such as X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans.
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 in that area until the soreness fades. If your gums bleed, swell or remain sore for more than a few days, contact our office.
For more information about dental biopsies and to schedule your appointment, please contact our office today.