St. Tammany Periodontics & Implants
Periodontists located in Covington, LA & Slidell, LA
An oral biopsy can detect signs of oral cancer or other abnormalities inside your mouth. At St. Tammany Periodontics & Implants in Covington and Slidell, Louisiana, Caesar Sweidan, DDS, Laura Smith, DDS, and the professional dental team perform oral biopsies to determine if you have any issues of concern. To schedule a visit for a biopsy, please call the practice today or request your appointment online.
Biopsy Q & A
What is an oral biopsy?
An oral biopsy is a medical procedure where your dental surgeon removes a small oral lesion from your mouth to be examined for an accurate diagnosis and well-planned treatment if needed.
For example, you might notice abnormalities in your mouth, such as bumps, growths, or patches. When your periodontist at St. Tammany Periodontics & Implants removes a sample of tissue from the area in your mouth, it is sent to a lab for inspection and confirmed results.
With an expected 54,000 people in the United States being diagnosed with oral cancer this year, a biopsy can determine if cancer cells are present. If so, treatment with the St. Tammany Periodontics & Implants team can begin right away.
Although oral cancer stands out as one of the most common of significant diseases, other abnormalities in your mouth can be diagnosed, as well. The results of an oral biopsy can determine if you have conditions of concern so that treatment can begin.
Why do I need an oral biopsy?
If any out-of-the-ordinary symptoms appear in your mouth or lips, you might need an oral biopsy to identify or rule out oral disease.
Signs to pay attention to include:
- Mouth sores that don’t heal
- Red or white patches inside your mouth
- Loose teeth
- Pain in your ear, mouth, or both
- Growths or bumps inside your mouth
- Pain when you swallow
If you experience any of the symptoms above, schedule an appointment with the team at St. Tammany Periodontics & Implants right away to get a proper diagnosis.
Oral cancer can’t always be detected via symptoms alone. That’s why it’s important to keep your annual, routine visits with your dentist for close monitoring of your oral health.
How can I avoid the need for an oral biopsy?
Taking care of your oral health can lower your risk of oral complications. To keep your mouth healthy, you should avoid smoking (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes), chewing tobacco, and overindulging in alcohol.
Brushing your teeth and tongue at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush can keep your mouth clean and healthy, too. You should also floss between your teeth at least once a day.
If you have any areas of concern in your mouth, call the practice today and speak with a friendly staff member or book an appointment online for an examination and possible biopsy.