Biopsies

If you have a strange lump, lesion, or other abnormality on your gums or other soft tissue in your mouth, you may need a biopsy to identify its cause. At Pinole Oral Surgery, in Pinole, California, the oral surgeons offer expert biopsy procedures to diagnose conditions ranging from benign infections to oral cancer. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

What is a biopsy?

A biopsy is a minor, outpatient procedure in which your oral surgeon takes a small sample of cells for testing. At Pinole Oral Surgery, the expert surgeons provide oral biopsies, including excisional and needle procedures. 

They send the samples to a medical lab where technicians test them to identify the issue causing the abnormality. 

Why would I need a biopsy?

Biopsies help your oral surgeon identify the causes of abnormal or potentially cancerous tissue in your mouth. You may need a biopsy to diagnose:

  • A sore that doesn’t heal
  • White or red patches on your gums or other soft tissue
  • Ulcers
  • Swelling
  • Other changes in your gums that cause loose teeth

Oral biopsies identify a range of conditions including oral cancer, systemic amyloidosis, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, or other benign mouth lesions or infections. 

What happens during a biopsy?

Your surgeon prepares you for your biopsy by injecting a local anesthetic to numb the area thoroughly. Then using a small scalpel or hollow needle, they take a small sample of cells. The biopsy may leave a small hole in your mouth, which your surgeon can close with a dissolvable stitch. The whole procedure is quick and relatively painless because of the local anesthetic. 

What happens after a biopsy?

You can go home or even return to work or school after your biopsy appointment. Your mouth will stay numb for an hour or more, so you need to be careful not to bite or chew on the side of your mouth where the cells were taken. You can return to your regular diet on the same day, although you may want to take extra care when brushing or flossing around the biopsy site. 

Your surgeon sends your biopsy to a lab for further testing. The staff at Pinole Oral Surgery will call you with your results and schedule any necessary follow-up appointments for additional treatment. 

If you have abnormal tissue in your mouth, call Pinole Oral Surgery or schedule a consultation online today. 

If you have abnormal tissue in your mouth, call Pinole Oral Surgery or schedule a consultation online today.

Our doctors who provide this service

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Susan Snyder, DDS, MD

Dr. Snyder is an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon who offers a comprehensive range of procedures. She puts your needs first and is always willing to answer questions about your oral health and surgical needs.

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Lewis Clayman, DMD, MD

With more than two decades of experience, Harvard-educated Dr. Clayman provides a combination of clinical expertise and patient-focused care, ensuring excellent patient outcomes.