When you come into the dental office for an examination, you might assume that the focus is on your teeth. That’s often correct — but don’t forget that there are a number of other parts of the oral and facial anatomy that are examined as well. These include areas around and inside the mouth (such as the lips, gums, hard and soft palate, and the tongue) as well as outside the mouth (the skin, muscles and glands in the neck, and the temporomandibular joint). In fact, when it comes to detecting certain oral or systemic (whole-body) diseases, a thorough dental exam may be your first line of defense.(281) 852-2288
Although the majority of oral lesions are benign, a biopsy is done if there is any possibility that the growth could be cancerous or precancerous. A biopsy may be performed in the office or a hospital, depending on how much tissue is required. Typically, the procedure requires only local anesthesia, and it doesn’t take long. We use self-dissolving sutures for incisions so they don’t need removing.
Because the oral tissues are rich in blood vessels, some bleeding is normal for a period of time afterward. We will provide follow up instructions to help you manage the swelling and discomfort. This includes directions on taking medication, and what to eat and drink. Getting rest and maintaining good oral hygiene helps you also heal quickly. We will provide reports when the pathology report is completed within a few days.
In addition, some systemic diseases – diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and heart disease – can be detected in the mouth. We are always on the lookout for signs of these potentially serious conditions.
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