Oral Pathology Biopsy in Columbus OH
Stoner Periodontics has offices conveniently located in Dublin, New Albany, Springfield, and Chillicothe.
While most visits to the dentist focus primarily on checking the health and wellbeing of your teeth, it is important to remember that there are other areas your dentist is checking for general health, including areas inside the mouth, including your gums, palate, and lips, and areas outside of your mouth, such as the glands and muscles in your neck, your skin, and temporomandibular joint.
It is important to remember that the overall health of your mouth can indicate the overall health of your body. It is critical that you do not ignore or avoid addressing suspicious sores or lumps. If you find something during a self checkup that you are uncertain or worried about, please contact us as soon as you can. Treating issues early is the best way to prevent other issues from developing.
If your dentist has suggested a biopsy, that means they have decided to remove a piece of tissue that will be sent to our lab to determine if there is a greater problem that needs to be addressed. In addition to determining the nature of your growth, this sample will also help your dentist determine a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs, if this should prove to be necessary.
In working to prevent and catch oral cancer, it is important to schedule frequent checkups with your dentist and to practice self-examinations regularly.
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Monthly Self Examinations
Whether you are a smoker or a drinker or simply concerned with your general oral health, it is a good idea to practice regular monthly oral self-exams. While performing this exam, be sure to follow these steps:
- Remove dentures (if necessary)
- Tilt your head back so you can examine the roof of your mouth
- Feel the inside of your gums for any abnormalities
- Use your finger as a hook to stretch your cheek out to inspect the inside surface and gums for any abnormalities
- Stick your gum out and check its surface for any irregularities
- Feel the side of your neck and base of your jaw for any lumps that feel enlarged
It is also important to contact your oral health care professional if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Red and/or white patches
- Sores that fail to heal and/ or bleed
- Chronic cough, hoarseness, or sore throat
- Unexplained lumps or masses in the neck region
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned issues, or are concerned about your general oral health, please contact our staff.
Do I Need a Biopsy?
The majority of oral lesions end up being benign, but if your dentist sees any possibility that the lesion has the potential to be cancerous or pre-cancerous, they will likely schedule a biopsy procedure. Every case will be different, but if your dentist decides to schedule a biopsy, they will likely provide a local anesthetic.
Common Presentations of Lesions of the Oral Cavity and Jaw and Oral Cysts
There are a variety of lesions that can present themselves in the jaw or oral cavity. Specifically, they may invade or occur in the following tissue areas:
- Soft tissue
- Salivary glands
- Lymph tissue
- Hard tissue
Prior to scheduling the procedure, your dentist will review your treatment options with you, and then our staff will be happy to discuss the fees associated with having the procedure.
We are committed to helping you receive the dental care you need in a manner that fits your budget.
High Quality Care You Can Trust
At Stoner Periodontic Specialists, we are committed to providing patients with high quality, attentive and individualized care in order to promote complete oral health through wellness and rejuvenation. We achieve this by utilizing cutting-edge technology, state of the art procedures and traditional practice to treat patients and exceed expectations.
Practicing regular self-exams and visiting your dentist biannually are the best steps you can take to catching oral issues early. Scheduling your appointment for this procedure is your first steps towards begin proactive with your oral health.
If you would like to meet our team, take a tour of our facilities, or discuss having this checkup with our knowledgeable staff, please contact us today. At Stoner Periodontic Specialists, we are committed to providing you with the support you need!