Oral Biopsy in Caldwell and Florham Park, NJ
We understand the fear that can accompany having a biopsy. Our team at NJ Center for Oral Surgery aims to put your fears to rest and created this guide to answer your questions regarding when and why oral biopsies are necessary. Read on to discover the different types of oral biopsies available to today in our state-of-the-art NJ offices.
What is an Oral Biopsy?
Oral biopsies are surgical procedures for retrieving oral tissue used for diagnosis and treatment planning.
Purpose of an Oral Biopsy
Reasons for undergoing an oral biopsy range from unexplained inflammatory changes within your oral cavity that do not go away to oral or bone lesions that inhibit proper oral function, that we cannot be identified through x-rays, or that cannot be ruled out as cancerous.
Laser vs scalpel biopsy
Traditional biopsies were performed using scalpel (small knife) and then suturing the wound. Modern lasers, such as those use at the NJ Center for Oral Surgery, permit Dr. Kirsch and Dr. Jacobs to perform the biopsy without bleeding and need for sutures. Lasers significantly reduce the time required to perform the procedure as well as reducing post-operative pain and swelling.
What to Expect During Your Oral Biopsy
Before surgery, Drs. Kirsch and Jacobs thoroughly reviewing your medical and dental histories and performing clinical and radiographic exams to gather a complete picture of your medical status. Patients will often have the ability to have some level of sedation during the procedure, should they wish.
We begin the biopsy by applying a local anesthetic near the lesion or regionally with a nerve block. Once the area is sufficiently numb, we remove the lesion and submit the tissue for evaluation by an Oral Pathologist. Pathology results are typically received back in the office between 7-14 days.
If you have any further questions about oral biopsies or the oral cancer screenings we do in our office during every exam, do not hesitate to call us. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss your oral health and any appropriate oral biopsy procedures.