WHAT IS AN ORAL BIOPSY?
Tissue Removal from the Oral Cavity
An oral biopsy is a surgical procedure that removes tissue from the patient’s oral cavity for examination and diagnosis.
If you have a lesion that interferes with your oral function, you may need a biopsy to determine the cause so proper treatment can be prescribed. Additionally, there may be certain conditions that are your dentist is unable to identify with X-rays or a clinical examination.
A biopsy can also be performed if your dentist suspects you have oral cancer (which is found in the mouth, head and neck). If you have already been diagnosed with cancer, a biopsy can help determine the stage and extent of the cancer, as well as its source.