In some cases, our dentist may notice an oral lesion or abnormality that cannot be diagnosed by a visual examination. A pathologist in a lab can often diagnose these issues by directly examining the tissue in question. Our dentist may take a sample of the suspicious tissue using a biopsy to provide a sample to send to the pathologist.
There are several types of biopsy that our dentist may use.
- An incisional biopsy is the most commonly used form. The dentist will take a sample of suspicious tissue and healthy tissue together so that the pathologist may compare the two. He or she will then be able to determine if the offending tissue is cancerous or not and where the cancer came from.
- In an excisional biopsy, the dentist will remove the entire lesion. This is done when the lesion is small and in an easy-to-reach location. The lesion provides the sample for the pathologist and the removal of the entire lesion slows the growth and spreading of the abnormality.
- A percutaneous biopsy uses a needle to remove a small sample of tissue for the biopsy.
- A brush biopsy in a non-invasive procedure used when your symptoms don’t call for an immediate, more invasive biopsy. The dentist will use a brush to gently scrape some tissue from the area in question and send that sample to the pathologist for diagnosis.
Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki will discuss these options with you as necessary when you come to Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS. If you notice an abnormality in your mouth, please call us as soon as you can for more information about getting a biopsy in Union, New Jersey. We are dedicated to providing the care your smile needs.