Let's face it, most people hear the word biopsy and they immediately assume the worst. What's even worse than that are the stubborn patients who refuse to even have the procedure performed because they are concerned that the results may not be what they hoped for. But the truth of the matter is that no problem ever got solved by ignoring or neglecting it, if there is even a problem to begin with. In the case of an oral biopsy, the purpose may just as often be to eliminate a possibility as it is to confirm it. So, for the clarity of our patients and friends, we wanted to take a moment to explain how it works and why you should perhaps consider having one performed:
How the Process Works
As far as surgical procedures go, this one is quite quick and simple. This is especially true in instances where the part of your mouth being examined is easily accessible, such as the tongue or cheek. It will most times be performed using a local anesthesia as our doctor will make a small incision and cut away a tiny piece of tissue to be sent to a pathologist for further testing. From there the results will be in shortly, either confirming or ruling out the presence of cancer. Once a conclusion has been made, either a treatment strategy can then be formulated, or we can continue to evaluate the situation further to find the cause of the issues.
So to schedule a time to come by and have an oral biopsy performed, or just to speak with us further about whether it may be necessary, call us on the phone or visit us in person and one of our helpful staff members here at the clinic will be glad to assist you.