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The Basic Process of an Oral Biopsy


Posted on 12/10/2019 by Tricia Ramsay
The Basic Process of an Oral BiopsyDuring your visit to our office, we may find strange growths inside your mouth or discolored tissue. To keep you safe and your oral health in tip top shape, we may advise that you have an oral biopsy completed. An oral biopsy is a simple procedure and only requires that we collect a small amount of tissue from your mouth.

The Types Of Biopsies

There are four different types of oral biopsies. Each type is used in different situations, but we'll make sure you know which one we use before performing one. The four types of oral biopsies are incisional, excisional, percutaneous, and brush.

An incisional biopsy requires that a small portion of the tissue in question is removed with an incisional tool. For this method, we will collect a small amount of tissue by cutting it off. This is the most common type of biopsy performed.

An excisional biopsy is similar to an incisional one in that the tissue will need to be cut, however, this method is used for growth that extends past the surface of your skin. We utilize this method most commonly for growth or lesions on the surface of the oral cavity.

Percutaneous biopsies utilize needles to collect abnormal growth. Two types of needles can be used depending on the situation. One needle is smaller, and one is larger. Which needle we use will depend on how much tissue we need to collect.

The brush biopsy is a biopsy that does not require and cutting or poking with a blade or needle. For the brush biopsy, we will use a special brush to scrub the surface of the abnormal growth. By doing this, we are able to collect a small amount of tissue from the area.

If you're interested in having an oral biopsy, we can help you. We will set schedule an appointment for you. While you're here, we'll make sure we let you know what type of biopsy we will perform so that you can be prepared.
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