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Things to Know About Getting an Oral Biopsy

Posted on 12/7/2020 by Office
Things to Know About Getting an Oral BiopsyAn oral biopsy is a medical term that refers to a surgical procedure carried out to get the tissue from your oral cavity. The tissue is obtained for microscopic examination as part of the diagnosis procedure for different oral health conditions. The main purpose of this process is to establish causes of persistent inflammation and lesions in your oral cavity. There are six different types of oral biopsy that you should know. They include cytology, aspiration, incisional, punch, brush, and excisional biopsy. All these are outpatient procedures performed by oral health professionals during your routine dental examination.

What Should You Expect When Getting an Oral Biopsy?

Before you undergo an oral biopsy, you should prepare your medical status. This report will help to review your dental and medical history in general. The oral surgeon will proceed with performing both clinical and radiographic examination. The procedure will involve the use of a local anesthetic through a nerve block technique or infiltration of the lesion. This will be followed by firmly retracting a soft tissue surrounding the target lesion and making an elliptical incision around it. The lesion will be freed and placed into a pathology specimen jar for further examination.

Is Oral Biopsy Painful?

An oral biopsy is not a painful procedure. It is entirely safe, although you may feel a pinprick or pinch when we inject a local anesthetic to the affected area. Also, you are likely to feel a little pressure from the device used to take the sample. This pressure will go away in just a moment, making you not feel anything during the procedure. In rare cases, you may experience some difficulties in eating solid foods for a day or two after the biopsy due to tenderness in the area, but this issue will not last long in most cases. Most importantly, make sure you follow the aftercare instructions during the healing process following your oral biopsy. If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact us or visit our office today to get answers.


Derrick Flint, MD, DDS | Matthew Largent, MD, DDS

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