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.