Finding an abnormal growth, a strange discoloration, or a sore that doesn’t seem to heal in your mouth can be disconcerting. You want to get it checked out by the team at Stanislaus Oral Surgery as soon as possible. After examination, if it looks suspicious, your surgeon might take a biopsy to rule out any oral pathology. If you’ve noticed sometime in your mouth that doesn’t seem right, don’t wait. Call us or book your appointment online today.
WHAT IS A BIOPSY USED TO DETECT?
Biopsies are used to detect oral pathologies affecting the mouth, cheeks, gums, tongue, and throat. Cancer is an obvious disease that biopsies are used to detect, but there are other pathologies as well. Some of these include:
- Noncancerous growths and lesions
- Precancerous cells
- Systemic amyloidosis, or abnormal proteins
- Blood clotting disorders
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A BIOPSY?
A biopsy is a simple outpatient procedure performed at the Stanislaus Oral Surgery office. A sample of tissue is taken and viewed under a microscope to look for abnormal cells. The tissue sample can be sourced from a variety of methods including:
- Cutting away a small sample
- Using a small needle
- Using a brush to scrape away a sample
No matter the method, most biopsies are noninvasive and require no downtime or recovery period.
Often your biopsy sample is sent to a pathology laboratory. There, trained professionals can perform additional tests in order to get you a quick and correct diagnosis.
WHY MIGHT I NEED A BIOPSY?
If you notice anything out of the ordinary in your mouth, on your tongue, cheeks, throat, or gums it’s worth being checked out by the team at Stanislaus Oral Surgery. A surgeon will examine your areas of concern and let you know if a biopsy is necessary. Be on the lookout for:
- Red or white patches
- Hairy looking patches on the sides of the tongue
- Sore lasting longer than two weeks
- Lumps or bumps
- Unusual swelling