If we notice suspicious oral lesions and sores in your mouth, we will recommend a biopsy. A biopsy comprises the extraction of a sample tissue from your oral tissues such as gum, tongue, cheek, or lips and sending them to a pathology laboratory for further examination. This process is vital in the early detection of oral cancer. If detected early, oral cancer is manageable.
What to Expect During a Biopsy
An oral biopsy comprises the extraction and testing of suspicious tissues in your mouth and surrounding tissues. We will scrape cells from the suspicious area or cut off a small part of your tissue for testing. Also, we may recommend fine-needle aspiration if the lump is on your neck.
We will administer anesthesia by numbing the area to extract the biopsy tissue to prevent discomfort during the procedure. We will then remove a small amount of tissue from your mouth and stitch the area. However, the stitching will depend on the location we are extracting the biopsy tissue. If the extraction is on the roof of your mouth, we will administer chemical treatment to stop bleeding and promote healing.
What to Expect After Biopsy
After the biopsy, you will not feel any pain due to the effect of the anesthesia. Before you leave our office, we will check your mouth to ensure bleeding stops. We will then prescribe painkillers and antibiotics to relieve pain and prevent infection. You should resume your regular schedule the next day after the procedure, and you can also eat normally, but you should exercise care not to open the wound.
We will then give you a follow-up appointment during which we will disclose the biopsy test results. If you need further treatment, we will explain this in your follow-up appointment and commence treatment. For more details on the oral biopsy process, contact our office today.
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