An oral biopsy is when a small amount of tissue is taken from your mouth so that it can be analyzed. When people hear the word biopsy they automatically think about cancer, but that is just one of the things that the tissue could be tested for.
When we do a biopsy, we are looking to find information on what might be causing issues within your mouth. Here is what you need to know about an oral biopsy.
If we are looking to get a general idea of what could be going on, we could take some tissue from your gum line. We might even decide to take it from a couple of different places along your gums, in case we want to compare samples. Do not worry, the amount of tissue that we will take will be small. You will not walk about with a sore mouth for days after the biopsy.
Sometimes it is the bone that needs to be biopsied. This is a little more complex than taking some gum tissue, since we will need to go through your skin to get to the bone.
If you have a lesion in your mouth or another type of sore that we want to check out, we could remove part or all of it during the biopsy. That will then be sent to our lab for analysis.
In most cases, a biopsy will not take long. It is often the best way to find out what is causing a problem. As already mentioned, a biopsy does not immediately mean cancer, but that is one of the things that we might look for. If you do have cancer, we will want to figure out the best course of treatment for your situation as soon as possible.