Oral Tissue Biopsy
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What is an Oral Biopsy?

Oral Biopsies in Wilkes-Barre – Scranton, PA
Oral Tissue biopsy is necessary when lesions found in the mouth cannot be diagnosed on the basis of historical or clinical findings alone. Before any biopsy is taken, a thorough inspection of the oral cavity should occur. A biopsy is a definitive procedure that provides tissue for microscopic analysis which can assist a physician in guiding the patient to the correct path for treatment or therapy.

The development of a differential diagnosis is of great importance in determining if biopsy is indicated. In addition, the differential diagnosis aids the clinician in selecting the appropriate technique if biopsy is necessary. In certain cases a two week waiting period will assist in forming the proper differential diagnosis. Lesions that are found in the mouth can be related to infection, inflammation, or trauma may heal in this two week time period. Any lesions lasting longer than this time period are strongly recommended for biopsy, for further examination.

In the dentistry field, the most common biopsy is taken from gum tissue. A physician will use a gum biopsy to further examine any abnormalities in the gingival tissue (gums). This procedure aids in further examining lesions or growths that can lead to oral cancers.

There are several types of gum biopsies:
  • Incisional
    The most common method, a physician will remove a portion of suspicous tissue and examine it under a microscope. It will later be examined by a pathologist to determine if cancerous cells are present.
  • Excisional
    This method requires the physician to remove an entire growth or lesion.
  • Percutaneous
    This type is useful when a larger amount of tissue is needed to make a proper diagnosis. This procedure is done with a biopsy needle that is inserted through the skin.
  • Brush
    This method is non-invasive, and requires the physician to rub a brush against the abnormal tissue. This method is often used when the patients symptoms do not call for immediate invasive biopsies.
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