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. A 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.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PERFORM A BIOPSY?
Taking tissue samples will only take about 10 to 20 seconds per sample. You can expect to be with the surgeon for around 10 to 15 minutes. You should always allow a little extra time around your appointment to fill in any paperwork and to account for any unexpected delays.
DOES A BIOPSY MEAN CANCER?
If you have been told by your dentist to have a biopsy you may assume that you have cancer. However there are many oral pathologies that a biopsy is used to detect. It is a good idea to follow through quickly to get the biopsy done so that you can identify the problem and get it treated before it gets worse.
HOW CAN I CONDUCT A SELF EXAM FOR ORAL CANCER?
Oral cancers are very treatable if found early. Regular checks are therefore very important. You can do this yourself between your regular check-ups at the dentist. Take a bright light and using a mirror look inside your mouth to check the surfaces for any irregularities. Look at the gums and the inside of your lips. Pull out and look inside your cheeks. Check your throat and neck for any lumps or swelling. If you notice anything of concern then don’t hesitate to call the surgeons at Novato Oral Surgery.
HOW CAN I REDUCE THE RISK OF GETTING ORAL CANCER?
There are a number of known risk factors that can increase your chances of getting oral cancer. They include things like smoking tobacco and other tobacco uses inside the mouth, heavy drinking of alcohol, and high exposure to the sun. By reducing your exposure to these risk factors will reduce the chance of getting oral cancer. Other factors may be involved though as 25% of those diagnosed are not exposed to these risk factors
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
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.