Throughout the medical field, a biopsy is simply the removal of a tissue sample to determine if it is diseased. In dentistry, teeth and gums are sent for biopsy. The role of a biopsy in the dental industry is to diagnose oral cancer. In these instances, a brush biopsy is used to identify oral lesions that warrant further attention.
A lesion of the soft tissue is a lump or patch of skin that differs in color or texture from the surrounding tissue. If you have unexplained lesions in your mouth, they need to be examined by a dentist. They may or may not be cancerous, but they need medical attention nonetheless. At Periodontal Consultants, Dr. Ali M Arastu can perform an incisional or excisional biopsy:
- Incisional biopsy: A piece of tissue is removed from the lesion
- Excisional biopsy: The entire lesion is removed
Before the biopsy is performed, our team will provide an antibacterial rinse to prevent infection. We may also stain your mouth to highlight the lesion. Oral biopsies are performed in office with local anesthesia. Please contact our office at 215-463-6677 if you suspect you need an oral biopsy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and want to schedule an appointment with our periodontist.