Oral pathology is defined as the study of diagnosing and understanding diseases of the soft tissues of the mouth. Here at Highlands Ranch Periodontics, we are able to diagnose the causes of any problems you may have with your gum tissue and oral health. The best way for the Periodontist to make a proper diagnosis is through the use of a biopsy. Once a biopsy has been taken, a more definitive answer can be found, and then we can discuss treatment options with you.
Oral Tissue Biopsy
A biopsy is a procedure where a small piece of the affected tissue is removed and analyzed. The mucosa (the lining in your mouth) is the most common area used for a biopsy. Biopsies are also taken of other affected areas of the mouth. A local anesthetic is used and then a tiny portion of the tissue is cut out. Once we know your exact diagnosis, we will include you in your treatment plan from beginning to end!
You should always let your dentist know of any changes in the soft tissues of your mouth. These changes include:
- Sores that won’t heal
- Tingling or numbness in the mouth
- Bleeding that can’t be stopped
- Discolorations including white, red, or brown patches
If you’re concerned about your oral health or if you’re exhibiting any of the above symptoms, please contact Highlands Ranch Periodontics immediately to make an appointment. The earlier we’re able to provide a diagnosis, the better.