Oral Biopsy – Union Street

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Kay Randall
Kay Randall
March 11, 2023

Highly recommend! Friendly, professional, and reasonably priced

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Michael Peden
Michael Peden
January 30, 2023

The staff was very friendly and professional. They are very efficient and go over all your issues and the cost. I recommend them.

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Claire Devoid
Claire Devoid
January 10, 2023

Great dentist office. I have a fear of dentists but they alway make me feel comfortable here.

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Wallace Carr
January 9, 2023

Great job done to fix my tooth by a great staff.

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Phyllis Morgan
Phyllis Morgan
January 3, 2023

Everyone in this office is amazing. I have bad anxiety and needed a tooth surgically removed. They helped keep me calm and painless as possible. Just awesomely treated. Thank you

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David Costanten
David Costanten
December 16, 2022

The staff is courteous, professional and welcoming and the office is very clean. I highly recommend this center for your dental needs.

Understanding Oral Biopsy: Unraveling the Mystery Behind Precise Diagnoses

Empowering Patients with Knowledge and Early Detection

When it comes to oral health, early detection and precise diagnoses are essential in ensuring timely and effective treatments. As part of our commitment to providing the highest standard of dental care, Union Street Dental offers various diagnostic tools, including oral biopsies. This procedure plays a crucial role in identifying potential oral health issues and guiding treatment plans, allowing us to empower our patients with knowledge and proactive care.

What is an Oral Biopsy?

An oral biopsy is a medical procedure in which a small sample of oral tissue is removed for laboratory analysis. The purpose of an oral biopsy is to diagnose various oral conditions, including suspicious lesions, lumps, discolorations, and other abnormalities that may indicate underlying health issues. Biopsies are typically recommended when there are concerns about the presence of oral cancer or other oral diseases.

Types of Oral Biopsies

There are different types of oral biopsies, each suited to specific circumstances. The three main types of oral biopsies are:

  • Incisional Biopsy: In this type of biopsy, a small portion of the abnormal tissue is removed for examination. It is commonly used when the entire lesion cannot be removed or when the area is too large for complete excision.
  • Excisional Biopsy: An excisional biopsy involves the complete removal of the suspicious tissue along with a small margin of surrounding healthy tissue. This method is employed when the lesion is small and easily accessible.
  • Brush Biopsy (OralCDx): A brush biopsy is a non-invasive procedure that uses a special brush to collect cells from the surface of the lesion. While this method can provide valuable information, it is often used as an initial screening tool before considering more invasive biopsies.

The Oral Biopsy Process

Understandably, the thought of an oral biopsy can be intimidating for some patients. However, it’s essential to recognize that this procedure is typically well-tolerated and can provide vital information for accurate diagnoses and personalized treatment plans. Here’s what you can expect during the oral biopsy process:

  • Consultation: Your dentist will conduct a comprehensive examination and review your medical and dental history to determine if an oral biopsy is necessary.
  • Local Anesthesia: Before the biopsy, a local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area, ensuring minimal discomfort during the procedure.
  • Tissue Sample Collection: The biopsy is performed, and a small sample of the abnormal tissue is removed using one of the methods mentioned earlier (incisional, excisional, or brush biopsy).
  • Laboratory Analysis: The tissue sample is sent to a pathology laboratory for thorough analysis by a skilled pathologist. This process helps identify the nature of the tissue and whether any abnormalities, such as cancerous cells, are present.
  • Results and Follow-up: Once the laboratory results are available, your dentist will discuss the findings with you and recommend appropriate treatment, if needed.

The Importance of Early Detection

Early detection of oral health issues, particularly oral cancer, significantly improves the chances of successful treatment and positive outcomes. Regular dental check-ups, combined with timely oral biopsies when necessary, play a pivotal role in identifying potential concerns at their earliest stages.

Oral biopsies are invaluable tools in the world of dentistry and medicine, providing valuable insights into various oral health conditions. At Union Street Dental, we prioritize the well-being of our patients and use advanced diagnostic techniques like oral biopsies to ensure accurate diagnoses and personalized treatment plans. Remember, early detection is the key to maintaining a healthy smile and overall well-being. If you have any concerns about your oral health or have noticed any unusual changes in your mouth, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with our experienced dental team. Together, we can navigate the path to optimal oral health and provide you with the care and support you deserve.

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