Your oral health is incredibly important to your overall wellbeing. One of the diagnostic tools that our periodontist may use to identify gum disease or other conditions is an oral biopsy. This procedure involves the extraction of a small tissue sample from your mouth, which is then meticulously analyzed in a laboratory setting. The purpose of this procedure is to pinpoint various oral health concerns, including:

  • Ulcers, Sores or Lesions on Your Gums: When unexplained ulcers, sores or lesions appear on your gums, it is essential to determine their cause promptly.
  • White or Red Patches on Your Gums: Discoloration or patches on your gums can be indicative of underlying issues that need immediate attention.
  • Persistent or Chronic Swelling of the Gums: Swelling that does not subside can be a sign of an underlying problem, and a biopsy can help identify the root cause.
  • Changes in Your Gums Affecting Teeth or Dentures: If you have noticed changes in your gums that may be affecting the stability of your teeth or dentures, an oral biopsy can provide valuable insights.

In many cases, biopsies are complemented by imaging technology like X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans, enhancing the diagnostic accuracy.

During the biopsy procedure, our skilled periodontist will ensure your comfort by sterilizing the area of extraction and administering a local anesthetic. In some instances, a general anesthetic may be used if the biopsy site is challenging to access. This ensures a painless experience for the patient.

After the procedure, you may experience numbness for several hours, but you can return to your regular activities and diet once the anesthetic wears off. We advise that you avoid brushing the biopsy site until the soreness fades. If you encounter persistent bleeding, swelling or soreness beyond a few days, please reach out to our office promptly.

The extracted tissue sample will be sent to a specialized laboratory for in-depth analysis. Upon diagnosis, our dedicated periodontist will have a complete understand of your oral health and be able to formulate a personalized treatment plan to restore your oral health and wellbeing.

For further information about oral biopsy in Shawnee, Kansas, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. William Strutz, please call us today at 913-268-0808. Your oral and overall health are our top priorities.

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