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Why Might You Need a Gum Biopsy?
Posted on 9/21/2020 by Todd Jorgenson
Why Might You Need a Gum Biopsy?
Sometimes, we need to take a gum sample to check the health of the gums. If we notice anything abnormal, we take a biopsy to find out what may be wrong or if an underlying health condition exists.

What Is a Gum Biopsy?


Also known as a gingival biopsy, a gum biopsy is a procedure where a sample of gum tissue is removed. This sample is sent to a lab for testing. The biopsy is taken to determine the reason for an abnormality. The causes for unexplained growths or lesions may be cancerous or non-cancerous. Therefore, a gum biopsy may take one of several forms. The most common form is an incisional biopsy. During this procedure, a part of the tissue is removed and observed through a microscope. An excisional biopsy might also be performed. When an excisional biopsy is undertaken, an entire lesion or growth is removed, along with some adjacent tissue. During a percutaneous biopsy, a needle is inserted to remove the tissue. There are two types of percutaneous biopsies – a fine needle biopsy (used for lesions easy to check) and a core needle biopsy (which provides more tissue). Finally, a brush biopsy represents a non-invasive procedure. As the name suggests, a sample tissue is taken by rubbing a brush against the gum to collect the tissue.

How Is a Gum Biopsy Used?


By taking a biopsy of the gum, we can determine why an abnormal growth exists and figure out a treatment plan. For example, if gum cancer is diagnosed early, the amount of scarring is reduced and the prognosis is usually good. A gum biopsy is usually taken when a lesion or sore on a gum lasts over two weeks, or we see a red patch or white patch inside the mouth. Ulcers on the gum are biopsied as well as swellings that will not go away. Any changes in the gum will give us cause to take a tissue sample and examine it.
If you have noticed any of the aforementioned problems, contact us immediately. The sooner any abnormality is checked and treated, the better the outcome. Don't procrastinate about checking something that looks suspicious. Give our knowledgeable periodontal staff a call immediately.











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