Biopsies are common, but what is it, and why would you need one?
The role of an oral surgeon goes far beyond ensuring the health of your teeth. As well as oral health, they specialize in head and neck health. Oral surgeons can also spot many diseases related to your physical health, including oral cancer. In order to confirm a cancer diagnosis, a biopsy may be performed.
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Oral biopsies are used to examine tissue from the patient’s oral cavity to diagnose. A biopsy is simply a procedure in which a small piece of tissue is removed from an area so that it can be examined under a microscope in detail.
Our oral surgeons at Access Oral Surgery may notice symptoms that concern them during an examination of your teeth. A routine examination can reveal symptoms of many diseases. An oral surgeon can detect problems such as:
● Oral Cancer
● Oral Infections
During an oral surgery examination, our oral surgeons may run a finger beneath your tongue and feel for lumps along the tongue, lips, and cheeks. Some symptoms of oral cancer include lumps or bumps around the tongue and cheeks, difficulty swallowing, white or red sores, or unexplained weight loss.
The dentist or oral surgeon may do a biopsy if they find something suspicious. Biopsies are done by taking a small tissue sample from a suspicious area, such as a sore or lump, and testing it in the lab. Getting a diagnosis of possible cancer as soon as possible is crucial because the sooner treatment begins, the better the chances of curing it.
As soon as the test results are returned, your oral surgeon will discuss them with you and recommend seeing your primary care provider or an oncologist, depending on the outcome.
Call Access Oral Surgery today to schedule an appointment for a Biopsy. Our online booking system is also available for booking your appointment.