There are many oral health issues that can’t be diagnosed or examined by just using the naked eye or even an X-ray. When there’s abnormal tissue growth, for example, we need to take a much closer look. At Dentalmed Associates, we can help determine the source of oral abnormalities through biopsies.
A biopsy is the removal of a sample of tissue that will be examined under a microscope to determine the diagnosis of an anomaly. There are two types of biopsy: incisional biopsies remove a small portion of tissue for examination while excisional biopsies remove entire growths.
Biopsies are used to make a diagnosis of the cause of abnormal growth or change in oral tissue. Biopsies are not always associated with cancer, they also help determine or identify infections and autoimmune disorders.
Recovery following a biopsy will depend on the amount of tissue removed and where it has been taken from. Since the amount of tissue that is taken is usually quite small, the recovery time tends to be very short, oftentimes not requiring any recovery time at all. However, it’s wise to avoid strenuous activity immediately after the procedure to avoid excess bleeding.
Early diagnosis of potentially dangerous conditions
At Dentalmed Associates, we can help determine the cause of abnormal growths quickly and accurately. Call us today if you want to schedule an appointment.