If you have abnormal-appearing oral tissue, a biopsy can rule out cancer or a tumor. At Kings Highway Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, the highly trained team performs biopsies and sends the samples to a lab for further analysis. If you need an oral biopsy, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.
Biopsies are diagnostic procedures. They involve the removal of a tissue sample that is then checked by a laboratory for abnormalities, including cancer, autoimmune disorders, or infections.
Biopsies of gum tissue, for example, are relatively straightforward. But, if you have abnormal tissue in a more sensitive area of the mouth, your biopsy may be more complex.
The surgical team at Kings Highway Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery uses four different types of biopsy procedures. These include:
Incisional biopsies are used for easily accessible growths or lumps. During an incisional biopsy, your provider usually removes a small sample from the lesion.
During an excisional biopsy, your provider usually removes the entire lesion or lump. These types of biopsies are done on small abnormalities in accessible areas.
A percutaneous biopsy uses a needle to obtain a sample of the targeted tissue. The needle draws out a tissue sample that’s then sent to a lab.
This biopsy is the least invasive. Your provider scrapes a sample of irregular tissue to send to the lab.
If you have an abnormality that occurs below the surface of your gums or skin, surgery may be required to access it and obtain a biopsy. This is especially needed if a growth or lesion is close to connective tissue or a nerve.
The inside of your mouth has a type of skin that’s smooth and pink in color. If you notice changes to this skin, you should see a specialist and possibly receive a biopsy. Changes that are of concern include:
Any unusual lumps or bumps in the oral area should be brought to the attention of a professional. If left untreated, abnormal oral problems can turn into serious complications.
To find out if you need an oral biopsy, call Kings Highway Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery or schedule a consultation online today.