Many times, an area will look altered either in the mouth, or in the bone on X-ray. A biopsy is a definitive way to ensure the nature of the lesion. A biopsy may either be “excisional,” in which the entire lesion is sent to the pathologist for evaluation, or “incisional,” in which only a portion is sent. Your doctor will have can let you know about the lesion once the pathologist has reviewed the specimen; a process which usually takes just a couple of weeks. Let us help put your mind to ease. Give San Jose Oral Surgery a call to schedule a consultation.
How does a biopsy work?
A biopsy is a relatively straightforward procedure where your San Jose Oral Surgery provider cuts away a small portion of the suspicious tissue. It is then viewed under a microscope to look for any abnormal cells that could indicate oral cancer or other oral pathology. In some cases, your biopsy will be sent to a lab for a more detailed analysis.
Is a biopsy painful?
No. I biopsy is relatively pain-free. Only a small portion of tissue is needed and is either gently cut away or extracted with a fine needle. You’ll be given a local anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing.
The team at San Jose Oral Surgery understands that having any sort of dental procedure can cause anxiety. The combination of fear, worry, not knowing, and waiting would make anyone feel nervous. The team offers sedation to help calm your nerves during your biopsy if needed.
What happens if my biopsy shows oral pathology?
If oral pathology such as cancer is detected, the team at San Jose Oral Surgery creates a treatment plan. It might involve cutting away the cancerous tissue and involving other specialists like an oncologist or radiologists as a joint effort to get you back to optimal health. Whatever the case, the surgeons at San Jose Oral Surgery will guide you through this journey and be there with you the entire way. They’ll be able to answer all your questions and quell your concerns.