Oral Pathology and Biopsies in NYC

Oral Pathology

The Park Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery provides oral pathology and biopsy services in New York City. Call 212-393-4639 to learn more and schedule your appointment.

Oral pathology refers to any disease in the tissues of the mouth. The smooth, pink lining of the mouth is known as mucosa. Any change in the color or texture of mucosa, such as a lump on the palate, lips, gums, or inside of the cheek, or any stubborn sore that does not heal, could be indicative of oral pathology. Depending on the circumstances, we may need to perform a biopsy to rule out oral cancer. Please let us know of any warning signs you have noticed or any concerns you might have.

Oral Biopsy

We might need to remove an entire lesion in a procedure known as an excisional biopsy, or we may remove just a few cells in an incisional biopsy. Either way, the area will be numbed with a local anesthetic, and the process should take no more than 30 minutes. You may receive dissolving sutures to control bleeding.

After your biopsy, we ask you to be careful until the anesthetic wears off, and then you can resume eating, drinking, and oral hygiene as normal. Avoid biting directly on the area of the biopsy for at least 24 hours. You may have some mild discomfort that responds well to an over the counter pain reliever. Bleeding is typically minimal, and can be stopped with 10 minutes of direct pressure with a sterile gauze pad or clean washcloth. You can return to work or school the next day, and we will schedule a follow-up appointment in about a week to discuss your results.

Treatments for oral pathology depend on the specific nature of the disease. If we find anything of concern, we will review your treatment options at your follow-up appointment.

Call 212-393-4639 to schedule your appointment.