ADA Accessibility Information


Surprise Smiles Logo
Request an Appointment Button
Facebook Button Google Read Reviews Button
Surprise (602) 842-4864
Prescott Valley (928) 277-0076
Chino Valley (928) 589-1776
Prescott (928) 443-1200

How an Oral Biopsy is Performed

Posted on 6/20/2017 by Andrew Zeiger
An elderly woman about to receive an oral biopsy.
When you have an oral examination and early signs of oral cancer are detected, the next step is having an oral biopsy. This is when your oral surgeon takes a small sample of the tissue for testing. Very little tissue is often needed for testing, and it is often a very quick procedure.

However, depending on where the oral biopsy is taken from, it can be slightly uncomfortable. Your oral surgeon will numb the area prior to the biopsy, so don't let the worry of pain be anything that stops you from getting the procedure done.

Performing an Oral Biopsy

Most of the time, a small syringe is used for the biopsy. Your oral surgeon will go in once the area is numb, and poke the tissue. They will then aspirate the tissue, pulling some of it into the needle.

They will also extract any fluid if there is any within the tissue, as that can be tested as well. From there, the syringe is removed, and the tests are able to be performed.

Sometimes, your oral surgeon will need to cut a small bit of tissue out of your mouth. If this is the case, your surgeon will use a scalpel and take a small bit of tissue out of your mouth or throat.

If the area they take the sample from begins to bleed, a stitch or two may be required. Most of the time, oral surgeons use dissolving stitches so they don't have to disturb the area again.

An oral biopsy is a great test. It can tell you a lot about what is going on within your mouth. The sooner oral cancer is caught, the easier it is to treat. Make sure you keep in touch with our office if you suspect oral cancer. We can help.


Our Family Cares for Everyone in Your Family

Family Graphic Image
Surprise Smiles Logo
Get the Smile You've Always Wanted!

Surprise Smiles
15128 W Bell Rd, Suite 12
Surprise, AZ 85374
(602) 842-4864

Prescott Valley
7136 East Pav Way
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 277-0076

Chino Valley
1260 Hwy. 89, Ste. G
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
(928) 589-1776

172 E Merritt St.
Suite F
Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 443-1200

Request an Appointment Button

Sign Up for E-Newsletter Button

Refer a Friend Button

Copyright © 2015-2023 Surprise Smiles and WEO Media (Touchpoint Communications LLC). All rights reserved.  Sitemap
Dental Blog - Surprise, AZ • Surprise Smiles
Learn more, read our Dental Blogs! We Offer Quality Dental Care for the Whole Family in a Relaxed Professional Environment.
Surprise Smiles, 15128 W Bell Rd, Suite 12, Surprise, AZ 85374 + (602) 842-4864 + + 2/3/2023 + Page Keywords: Dentist Surprise AZ +