You or your dentist may notice something abnormal on your gums or in your mouth. A biopsy is a procedure in which a periodontist removes some or all of a lesion from your mouth and sends it to be evaluated to confirm a diagnosis of abnormal gum tissue. A biopsy can confirm whether a lesion might be a result of oral cancer or a non-cancerous benign mouth sore.

    You should have a lesion looked at by a dentist or periodontist if it is:

  • A sore or lesion in your mouth that lasts longer than two weeks
  • A white, red, or mixed white and red patch on your gum
  • A swelling or an ulcer on your gum tissue that does not go away on its own
  • Significant changes in your gums that cause loose teeth or dentures

Contact our office to schedule an evaluation if you have a lesion in your mouth that you are concerned about.

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