All you need to know
What is oral biopsy?
How long is the recovery?
When can I get the results?
A biopsy takes a diagnostic sample of the tissue in question. There are two ways to perform this evaluation. An incisional biopsy removes a small portion of the tissue; whereas an excisional biopsy removes all of the abnormal tissue.
This procedure can be completed in under 15 minutes, and only requires local anesthesia to numb the area.
A small piece of the affected tissue is removed and carefully preserved. Depending on the size of the sample, stitches may be required.
Recovery time and results
What is the recovery time?
Since your biopsy is performed under anesthesia, there will be no pain during or immediately following the procedure. Most patients return to work and resume their usual activities immediately; and since the stitches are dissolvable, there is no need for a follow-up appointment to remove them. The sutures should dissolve entirely within two weeks.
When will you get the results?
The biopsy taken will be sent to the laboratory where an oral pathologist performs a careful evaluation of the tissue. Most results can be given within two to three days of the biopsy. Once the pathology report is received you will be notified of the diagnosis, you and your dentist will develop a treatment plan for your diagnosis.