Oral Biopsy in Midtown Atlanta and Roswell
Do you have a lesion, ulcer, or other abnormality on your gums?
Our periodontists may recommend a gum biopsy procedure. This test is done to look for the cause of abnormal gum tissue. Depending on the results of the biopsy, we may recommend you to an oral surgeon for treatment or a second opinion.
If you’re worried about a sore on your gums or the way your gums look, schedule an appointment at our Midtown Atlanta or Roswell office. Learn more below.
What is a gum biopsy?
A gum biopsy is the best way to diagnose lesions or abnormalities in your gums.
This procedure involves removing a small piece of tissue from your mouth. The sample is then sent to a pathologist who will review the infected tissue and determine the cause.
From there, you and your periodontist will discuss next steps and work together to ensure your long term health and wellness.
How does a gum biopsy work?
Here’s what to expect:
- We’ll provide an antibacterial rinse to clean your mouth.
- Your periodontist will use a numbing gel before administering local anesthesia.
- A small piece of gum tissue will be removed and sent to a local lab for pathology.
- Stitches may be necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a gum biopsy painful?
Our offices typically use local anesthesia during a gum biopsy. If the affected area of your mouth is tricky to reach, we may suggest IV sedation to keep you comfortable throughout your procedure.
How long does oral biopsy take to heal?
Most of our patients can resume normal activities and diet on the same day. After your biopsy, once the numbness wears off, you may feel a bit of soreness or tenderness. We’ll ask you to avoid brushing around the site for a few days while this tenderness wears off. If you received stitches, we will have you return within a week to have them removed
What is considered a gum abnormality?
- Lesions or sores that last for two or more weeks and that bleeds easily
- Red or white patches on your gums
- Chronic sore throat, hoarseness, or difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Abnormal gum swelling or lumps along the lining of the mouth
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