What is Biopsy and Pathology?

A biopsy is a medical procedure that involves the removal of a small sample of tissue from a patient's body for analysis. In the case of oral pathology, a biopsy of the lining of the mouth may be taken to determine the presence of an abnormal growth, lesion, or cancer. The tissue sample is then sent to a pathology laboratory for further examination, where a pathologist studies the sample under a microscope to determine the type and stage of the disease. 

Why is Biopsy and Pathology Important?

Biopsy and pathology are crucial for diagnosing oral diseases, including oral cancer. Early detection of oral cancer is critical, as it increases the chances of successful treatment. Biopsy and pathology also allow for personalized treatment plans that cater to the unique needs of each patient.

What Oral Diseases can be Diagnosed with Biopsy and Pathology?

Biopsy and pathology can be used to diagnose a wide range of oral diseases, including cysts or ulcers, salivary gland disease, bacterial or viral oral infections, autoimmune diseases, and oral cancer. By identifying the type and stage of the disease, our surgeon can create a customized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs.

What are the Symptoms of Oral Diseases?

The early symptoms of oral diseases are not always painful or uncomfortable, which is why we recommend that you perform regular self-exams in between the oral exams given by your dentist. If you notice any changes in the lining of your mouth, such as reddish or whitish patches, a sore that bleeds easily or won't heal on its own, thicker portions of the skin in the mouth or lumps developing, a chronic sore throat or dryness, or difficulty chewing and/or swallowing, seek a second opinion from a dentist or oral surgeon.

What are the Treatment Options for Oral Diseases?

Treatment for oral diseases varies based on the type and severity of the disease. Some infections can be cleared up by just taking antibiotics, while cancer and more serious diseases may require surgery. Our surgeons are experts in performing reconstructive surgeries, and your surgeon will thoroughly review your condition and preferences before recommending any treatments.

Biopsy and pathology are crucial for diagnosing and treating oral diseases. At Hampton Oral & Facial Surgery, we offer personalized care and customized treatment plans to maintain your overall oral health. Contact us today to learn more about our biopsy and pathology services.

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