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Oral Lesion Biopsy

You will have an oral cancer screening during every exam at Mason Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that screening process, our team looks at your neck, thyroid, lips, tongue, and all other oral tissues for abnormalities, including growths, red and/or white patches (leukoplakia), or areas of irritation. If we find an abnormality, we may recommend a biopsy of the area.

What is a Biopsy?

A biopsy involves removing a small section within the area of concern when the area is anesthetized. We also remove a small section of normal tissue adjacent to the site for comparison. Stitches may or may not be required, depending on the biopsy site. We typically like to schedule a two-week postoperative visit after a biopsy to make sure the site is healing well. The biopsy samples are sent to be reviewed under a microscope by an oral pathologist. It typically takes 2 weeks to receive a report back from oral pathology. Our office will call with tests results, but we are happy to meet with you in person to answer all of your questions and concerns.

Please contact our office if you have any questions, (231) 932-4223.

The staff is very professional from the moment you check in to when you check out. All procedures and options are explained thoroughly. I’ve been going to Mason Periodontics since 2018 and have been very happy with everyone in the office.
—James S.