If you have developed a pathogenic dental condition, such as oral cancer or periodontal disease, Dr. Jon Glenn may recommend an oral biopsy. Biopsies are a simple medical procedure in which a small sample of tissue is removed from your mouth. This sample is then sent to a lab for analysis, where it can be used to diagnose a wide range of conditions. Oral biopsies are frequently used in combination with imaging technology, including digital X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans in order to accurately diagnose your problem and find an appropriate solution for your needs. Conditions that may cause our dentist to recommend an oral biopsy include:
- Ulcers, sores or lesions on your gums
- White or red patches on the gums
- Chronic or persistent swelling of the gums
- Changes in your gums leading to loose teeth or dentures
During your biopsy, Dr. Glenn will sterilize the area where the sample will be taken and administer a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort you may experience. If the sample site is difficult to reach, we may provide a general anesthetic that will help you sleep through the procedure and help prevent you from experiencing discomfort while Dr. Glenn maneuvers in your mouth. After the sample is removed from your mouth, it will be sent to a lab for analysis. If the biopsy reveals any kind of dental disease or other damaging condition, our dentist will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your needs.
You can expect your mouth to remain numb for several hours after your procedure. When the anesthetic wears off, you can return to regular daily activities and diet. You can also expect the site of the biopsy to be sore for several days, and we recommend that you avoid brushing your teeth in that area until the soreness fades. If your gums bleed, swell or remain sore for more than two to three days, please contact our office.
Call 949-644-0071 today for more information about oral biopsies in Newport Beach, California, and make your appointment with our dentist!