Biopsies sound scary, but they are actually used as a life saving diagnostic tool. A biopsy can rule out serious conditions like oral cancer or detect oral pathology early while it’s most treatable. The dedicated team at Vallejo Oral Surgery located in Vallejo, California, offers diagnostic biopsies right from their office. Call or schedule your appointment online today.
What is a biopsy used to detect?
Biopsies are used to detect oral pathologies affecting the mouth, cheeks, gums, tongue, and throat. Cancer is an obvious disease that biopsies are used to detect, but there are other pathologies as well. Some of these include:
- Noncancerous growths and lesions
- Precancerous cells
- Systemic amyloidosis, or abnormal proteins
- Blood clotting disorders
If you notice anything suspicious in your mouth don’t hesitate to call Vallejo Oral Surgery to schedule an appointment. Your surgeon can examine your mouth and tell you if you need a biopsy.
What happens during a biopsy?
A biopsy is a simple outpatient procedure performed at the Vallejo Oral Surgery office. A sample of tissue is taken and viewed under a microscope to look for abnormal cells. The tissue sample can be sourced from a variety of methods including:
- Cutting away a small sample
- Using a small needle
- Using a brush to scrape away a sample
No matter the method, most biopsies are noninvasive and require no downtime or recovery period.
Often your biopsy sample is sent to a pathology laboratory. There, trained professionals can perform additional tests in order to get you a quick and correct diagnosis.
Why might I need a biopsy?
If you notice anything out of the ordinary in your mouth, on your tongue, cheeks, throat, or gums it’s worth being checked out by the team at Vallejo Oral Surgery. A surgeon will examine your areas of concern and let you know if a biopsy is necessary. Be on the lookout for:
- Red or white patches
- Hairy looking patches on the sides of the tongue
- Sore lasting longer than two weeks
- Lumps or bumps
- Unusual swelling