Our periodontists 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.
During your biopsy procedure, our periodontists will administer a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort.
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.
The sample taken from your mouth will be sent to a lab for analysis. If a dental disease or other condition is diagnosed, we will create a treatment plan to restore your oral health.
For more information about dental biopsies in Greensboro, North Carolina, and to schedule your appointment with our periodontists, Dr. Neil Lutins, Dr. Luis Benitez and Dr. Veronica Longville, please contact Greensboro Perio today at 336-379-8377.