Center for Oral Pathology

Biopsy Services


Making Specialized Oral Pathology Available to Everyone

It is totally possible you may not have heard of an oral biopsy. If you have, you may not know enough about it, including why or when is it necessary. There are distinct types of oral biopsies performed by the specialists at The Center for Oral Pathology. Following is a brief summary of the types and purposes of the different oral biopsies, including a definition of the procedure.


The professionally trained team at The Center for Oral Pathology, 4514 Cole Avenue, Suite 930, in Dallas, Texas, 75205, specializes in understanding the dynamics of the science and medicine to address oral health problems. If you have any questions concerning whether biopsy services would benefit you, contact us today at 855-ORAL-PAT(H) or 855-672-5728. We are committed and dedicated to ensuring your oral health.


An oral biopsy is a surgical procedure to obtain tissue from your oral cavity for microscopic examination, in an effort to gain diagnosis of a problem and provide definitive treatment options for your specific disease.

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The Oral Biopsy Procedure

Prior to performing an oral biopsy, The Center for Oral Pathology will completely research your overall medical health history. This will include a thorough review of your medical and dental history, including any previous surgeries, your medications, any allergies, and any social behaviors, such as alcohol use, smoking, or illicit drug use. We will also perform a thorough clinical exam.


We usually perform an oral biopsy under either a local anesthetic, applied locally near the lesion, or more extensively with a nerve block technique. Once the anesthetic is applied, we can firmly retract the soft tissues surrounding the lesion, and will make an incision around the lesion. Once the lesion has been removed from the soft tissues, it will be immediately placed into a sterile specimen jar. The container will be labelled with your patient information.


After the biopsy, we apply firm pressure to the biopsy area to stem bleeding. Finally, we close the incision site. Sterile gauze can be applied to the surgical site to help with the blood clotting.


These are just high-level details related to an oral biopsy at The Center for Oral Pathology. If you have any further questions, please give us a call. We also perform an oral cancer screening on you at your exam.


We treat our patients personally and patiently, answering all questions that you might have related to your oral health, including oral biopsy procedures if appropriate.

The Different Oral Biopsy Services

There are six main types of oral biopsy. These are:


  • Incisional Biopsy: This type of oral biopsy is performed to sample a representative portion of an oral lesion. If the lesion is larger or has a number of differing characteristics, it could require sampling of more than just one area.
  • Excisional Biopsy: This type of oral biopsy is performed for small oral lesions, usually less than 1 cm. Upon a clinical exam, the lesion appears to be benign. This type of oral biopsy results in the complete removal of the lesion.
  • Punch Biopsy: This procedure is done with a punch tool for both incisional and excisional purposes. This kind of oral biopsy is can be chosen for variety of conditions.
  • Cytology: This procedure is often used to diagnose certain viral and fungal infections and to detect atypical changes within cells. i, Cytology allows for the examination of individual cells but cannot necessarily always result in an accurate and definitive diagnosis. It is recommended that this type of oral biopsy be performed in addition to an excisional or incisional biopsy.
  • Aspiration Biopsy: In this kind of oral biopsy, the clinician uses a needle and syringe to remove a sample of cells from a lesion.
  • Brush Biopsy: In this type of oral biopsy, firm pressure is applied with a circular brush, and rotated ten times, causing light abrasion. The cellular material picked up by the brush’s rotation is transferred to a glass slide, preserved, and dried for diagnosis.


The Purpose or Benefits of an Oral Biopsy

When there is a questionable growth or sore, detected in your mouth, a biopsy is quite beneficial. A biopsy is a diagnostic test which involves the removal of a tissue sample and then examining it under a microscope. This test will identify various types of diseases, including oral cancer.


An oral biopsy can be performed for several reasons:


  • Inflammatory Changes- In the oral cavity of unknown cause that persist for a longer period.
  • Oral lesions- any bumps, lumps, or growths as well as any lesion that does not look normal.
  • Bone lesions- that cannot definitively be identified by examination, X-rays, CBTC/CT or other imaging studies.

Schedule Your Oral Pathology Exam Today

At The Center for Oral Pathology, 4514 Cole Avenue, Suite 930, in Dallas, Texas, 75205, our team of specialists take your oral health seriously. Scheduling an appointment for an oral pathology examination or an oral biopsy can also actively improve your overall health. In addition to embracing the importance of your overall oral health, we also understand the value of your time, which is why we are focused on making your visit to our clinic as efficient as possible.


If you would like to learn more about your viable options with regards to biopsy services, give us a call today at 855-ORAL-PAT(H) or 855-672-5728 with any questions and to get your examination on the calendar. We look forward to serving you and contributing to improving your quality of life.