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What Is a Gum Biopsy?

Posted on 4/26/2021 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
What Is a Gum Biopsy?Also known as gingival biopsy, a gum biopsy refers to a medical procedure in which a doctor takes out a tissue sample from your gums. This sample is tested in a laboratory.

Doctors rely on a gum biopsy to discover the causes behind an unhealthy gum tissue. These causes can include noncancerous growths, lesions, or oral cancer.

Why a Gum Biopsy Is Conducted?

A gum biopsy is used to inspect suspicious or abnormal gum tissue. At Optimum Oral Surgery Group, Dr. Donald G. Rebhun and Dr. Chad E. Rebhun will perform gum biopsy to diagnose the following:

•  Changes in your gums that cause dentures or loose teeth.
•  Continuous gum swelling that does not go away on its own.
•  Detection of ulcers on your gum
•  A red or white patch on your gum.
•  When a esion or sore on your gum that lasts for two or more weeks.

How to Prepare for a Gum Biopsy?

Usually, there is not much you can do to prepare for a gum biopsy. Ask your doctor whether you need to take any herbal supplements, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, or prescription medicines. Get a clear overview of these should be taken prior to and after the biopsy.

Keep in mind that sometimes, medications can influence the outcomes of a biopsy. These are the ones that impact blood clotting, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and aspirin or blood thinners. If needed, your doctor may provide special instructions for taking these medications. You have to stop consuming any food for a few hours before your biopsy.

For additional information about gum biopsy or to get assistance for oral surgery, we suggest you visit Dr. Donald G. Rebhun and Dr. Chad E. Rebhun at Optimum Oral Surgery Group. To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (856)778-8686 today.

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