When a patient has abnormal gum tissue, Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Tant may recommend an oral biopsy in Jacksonville, North Carolina. An oral biopsy is a test done to determine the cause of abnormal gum tissues. A small piece of gum tissue is removed from the patient’s mouth for examination. Oral biopsies help our dentists diagnose problems like noncancerous mouth sores and oral cancer.

Our dentists may tell you not to eat for several hours before the biopsy procedure. To prepare for an oral biopsy, our dentists will spray a painkiller into your mouth where the abnormal gum tissue is located. They may numb your mouth further with an injection. Our dentists will then remove a small piece of gum tissue and examine it for problems in a dental lab.

You may feel some tugging or pressure during the oral biopsy procedure. However, the area will be numb, so you will not feel pain. If there is any bleeding, our dentists will seal the area with a laser or an electric current. You may experience soreness for a few days after the procedure.

We invite you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.