Biopsies

Microscope for Biopsies - Novato Oral Surgery

Finding an abnormal growth, a strange discoloration, or a sore that doesn’t seem to heal in your mouth can be disconcerting. You want to get it checked out by the team at Novato Oral Surgery located in Novato, California, as soon as possible. After examination, if it looks suspicious, your surgeon might take a biopsy to rule out any oral pathology. If you’ve noticed sometime in your mouth that doesn’t seem right, don’t wait. Call Novato Oral Surgery or book your biopsy appointment online today.  

How does a biopsy work?

A biopsy is a relatively straightforward procedure where your Novato Oral Surgery provider cuts away a small portion of the suspicious tissue. It is then viewed under a microscope to look for any abnormal cells that could indicate oral cancer or other oral pathology. In some cases, your biopsy will be sent to a lab for a more detailed analysis. 

Is a biopsy painful?

No. I biopsy is relatively pain-free. Only a small portion of tissue is needed and is either gently cut away or extracted with a fine needle. You’ll be given a local anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing. 

The team at Novato Oral Surgery understands that having any sort of dental procedure can cause anxiety. The combination of fear, worry, not knowing, and waiting would make anyone feel nervous. The team offers sedation to help calm your nerves during your biopsy if needed. 

What happens if my biopsy shows oral pathology?

If oral pathology such as cancer is detected, the team at Novato Oral Surgery creates a treatment plan. It might involve cutting away the cancerous tissue and involving other specialists like an oncologist or radiologists as a joint effort to get you back to optimal health. Whatever the case, the surgeons at Novato Oral Surgery will guide you through this journey and be there with you the entire way. They’ll be able to answer all your questions and quell your concerns.

If you see something suspicious in your mouth, don’t try to wait it out to see if it will go away. It’s best to have the professionals at Novato Oral Surgery take a look and if necessary, perform a biopsy. For your diagnostic appointment, call the office or book online today.  

If you see something suspicious in your mouth, don’t try to wait it out to see if it will go away. It’s best to have the professionals at Novato Oral Surgery take a look and if necessary perform a biopsy. For your diagnostic appointment, call the office or book online today.

Our doctors who provide this service

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Susan Snyder, DDS

Susan Snyder, DDS, MD, is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon specializing in jaw alignment, wisdom teeth removal, facial reconstruction, oral pathology, and more. She takes the necessary time to make sure all her patients feel comfortable taking the time to explain each procedure and viable treatment options.

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Mahr Elder, DDS

Mahr Elder, DDS, MD, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with expertise in TMJ disorders, jaw trauma, dental implants, and much more. He belongs to the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and values volunteer work both abroad and right here in Marin County where he provides free orthodontic care through the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation.