Dr. John A. Johnson Jr. offers dental biopsies to help diagnose dental conditions, including gum disease and oral cancer. Please contact Johnson Dentistry at 979-774-7500 to make your appointment with our dentist and learn more about dental biopsies in Bryan, Texas.
Dental biopsies are medical procedures. When you receive your biopsy, our dentist will remove a sample of your gum or soft tissue for analysis at a lab. This sample will be used to diagnose:
- Ulcers on your gums
- White or red patches on your gums
- Sores or lesions on your gums that have lasted for more than 2 weeks
- Persistent swelling on your gums
- Changes in your gums that may be causing you to have loose teeth or dentures
Dental biopsies are frequently used alongside imaging tests, such as x-rays, CT scans, and MRI scans.
During your dental biopsy, our dentist will sterilize the are from which he will take the sample, administering a local anesthetic to numb the area and minimize your discomfort. If the sample area is in an area of your mouth that is difficult to reach, we may provide you with a general anesthetic, allowing you to sleep through the procedure and avoid pain and discomfort while our dentist moves in your mouth to reach the sample site.
The sample taken from your mouth will then be sent to a lab for analysis. If it diagnoses gum disease, oral cancer, or another serious condition, our dentist will create a treatment plan to restore your oral health.
Your mouth may be numb for several hours following your biopsy procedure. When the anesthetic wears off, you may return to normal activities and a normal diet. The site of your biopsy may be sore for a few days. We may recommend that you avoid brushing around that area until soreness subsides. If your gums bleed, swell, or remain sore beyond this time, please contact our office.
For more information on dental biopsies, and to schedule an appointment with our dentist, please contact our office today.