Oral Biopsy in Midtown Atlanta and Roswell

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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.

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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.

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    Frequently asked questions about oral biopsy

    What is a gum biopsy?
    A gum biopsy is a diagnostic procedure that involves removing a small piece of gum tissue to examine it under a microscope. It helps identify and determine the cause of lesions or abnormalities in the gums.
    How does a gum biopsy work?
    During a gum biopsy, the following steps are typically involved:

    • Your mouth will be rinsed with an antibacterial solution to clean it.
    • Your periodontist will apply a numbing gel to the area and administer local anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
    • A small piece of gum tissue will be carefully removed and sent to a local laboratory for pathological analysis.
    • In some cases, stitches may be required to close the biopsy site.
    Is a gum biopsy painful?
    Most gum biopsies are performed under local anesthesia, which helps minimize any discomfort during the procedure. However, if the affected area is challenging to reach, the use of IV sedation might be recommended to keep you comfortable.
    How long does it take for an oral biopsy to heal?
    The healing time after an oral biopsy can vary from person to person. However, most patients can resume their normal activities and diet on the same day as the procedure. After the numbness wears off, you may experience some soreness or tenderness around the biopsy site. If stitches were placed, you’d be scheduled for a follow-up visit within a week to have them removed.
    How long does it take to get the results of a gum biopsy?
    The turnaround time for receiving the results of a gum biopsy can vary depending on the specific case and the pathology laboratory’s workload. Generally, it may take a few days to a couple of weeks. Once the results are available, your periodontist will discuss them with you and recommend appropriate treatment or further evaluation if needed.
    What is considered a gum abnormality?
    Gum abnormalities can include the following signs or symptoms:

    • Lesions or sores that persist for two or more weeks and easily bleed.
    • Red or white patches on the gums.
    • Chronic sore throat, hoarseness, or difficulty chewing or swallowing.
    • Abnormal gum swelling or lumps along the lining of the mouth.
    • If you notice any of these abnormalities, schedule an appointment with our periodontists for further evaluation.
    Are there any risks or complications associated with a gum biopsy?
    While gum biopsies are generally safe procedures, there are some potential risks and complications, although they are rare. These may include temporary bleeding, infection, swelling, discomfort, or allergic reactions to anesthesia. We’ll thoroughly explain the potential risks and benefits before performing the biopsy. Our team will take appropriate measures to minimize any complications.
    Will I need additional treatments after a gum biopsy?
    The need for additional treatments after a gum biopsy depends on the results of the biopsy and the underlying cause of the gum abnormality. If the biopsy reveals a benign or minor condition, your periodontist may simply monitor the area and provide appropriate oral hygiene instructions, or prescribe an over the counter medication. However, if the biopsy indicates a more significant concern or a potentially malignant condition, your periodontist may recommend additional treatments, such as surgical intervention or referral to an oral surgeon for further evaluation and management.

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