Biopsies of soft tissue lesions

Biopsies of soft tissue lesions are necessary in order to identify disorders, Dental problems and treatment for it. Various disorders such as oral cancer do not have immediate symptoms that patients can diagnose themselves, and therefore a biopsy of their soft tissue can help the dental hygienist diagnose any serious disease.

The biopsy involves an uncomplicated surgery in which a sample of the gum tissue, a tooth or a jaw piece is obtained from the oral cavity of the patient, and this sample is then examined in the laboratory. The examination is done to check if any abnormalities or disorders exist within the mouth. If any disorder is identified, it is treated appropriately and recommended Oral Health Free Dental Advice.

Biopsy can be incisional or exiscisional. Incisional biopsy is one in which a specific piece of the soft tissue from the lesion is taken for examination, while an exiscisional biopsy is that in which the entire lesion is removed completely .

Before the initiation of the biopsy, antibacterial rinsing is done. The oral cavity can also be stained by the dentist so that the lesion becomes prominent. In case of bone biopsy, an x-ray or a computed tomography scan would also be required. A scalpel or laser is used to remove the lesion from the soft tissue. The spot is then stitched closed. In cases where the lesion is in the bone, drilling is done and the lesion is accessed.

After the biopsy, soft foods should be eaten by the patient. Pain killers are prescribed by the Oral Health Care Specialist if the patient feels discomfort or pain. In the first few days after the procedure, regular antibacterial rinses and warm saltwater rinses should be done. Depending upon the condition, antibiotics can also be prescribed by the dentist.