Oral Pathology in Gilbert, Arizona
Oral Pathology Specialists
Soft tissue biopsies are typically performed to diagnose or rule out conditions that may present with oral lesions. This includes infections, autoimmune disorders, and cancer.
The procedure involves removing a small piece of soft tissue and sending it to a laboratory for analysis by a pathologist.
Here are a few additional points to consider:
• Soft tissue biopsies are generally safe and low-risk, but as with any medical procedure, there is a small risk of bleeding, infection, or other complications. Your oral surgeon will discuss any potential risks and benefits with you before the procedure.
• Soft tissue biopsies are typically performed on an outpatient basis and do not require an overnight stay.
• Depending on the location and size of the lesion, your oral surgeon may recommend other diagnostic tests, such as imaging studies or blood tests.
If you have an oral lesion or other concern, it’s important to see your oral surgeon for an evaluation. Early detection and diagnosis can improve the chances of successful treatment and better outcomes.
During a soft tissue biopsy, the oral surgeon will numb the area with a local anesthetic and then remove a small piece of tissue.
After the biopsy, the patient may experience some discomfort and swelling, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications and ice packs. Results from the biopsy can take a few days to a week to come back, at which point you’ll be able to discuss the results and options for treatment.
When should I see my Oral Surgeon?
If you notice any changes or abnormalities in your mouth, it’s important to see your oral surgeon for an evaluation. Some signs and symptoms to watch out for include:
- White or red patches in your mouth
- A sore or lump that doesn’t heal or go away
- Pain or tenderness in your mouth or throat
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- A change in the way your teeth fit together
- Numbness or tingling in your mouth or lips
Your oral surgeon can perform a thorough examination of your mouth and recommend any necessary diagnostic tests or treatments, such as a soft tissue biopsy, to help determine the cause of your symptoms.