Fremont area dentist describes why a dental biopsy may be necessary
Drs. Sambhav Jain, Shivani Gupta, and Arpana Gupta of Fremont are a dedicated team of dental professionals who welcome patients in and around the area to learn about the advantages of keeping their smile as healthy as possible. From general dentistry to extensive full mouth reconstruction, our practice works hard to ensure patients have the beautiful, healthy smiles they’ve dreamed of. At the Center for Implant Dentistry, we also work with patients who are seeking the placement of dental implants.
Dental implants are titanium metal posts that look like small hardware screws. Drs. Sambhav Jain, Shivani Gupta, and Arpana Gupta will place these implants into the jawbone during surgery and then restore them in a number of different ways. This is dependant on the desires of the patient. However, patients must undergo proper diagnostics to ensure they are appropriate candidates for the placement of dental implants. If this is not done, the procedure may fail and patients may be faced with alternative solutions such as bridges or dentures.
During the diagnostic process, our team may perform a dental biopsy if we notice anything abnormal within the smile. This may include strange lumps, patches of red or white, or even pain in the throat that is not associated with any other condition. Some patients may complain of chronic sore throats, which may be an indication of a condition such as oral cancer.
Oral cancer can be diagnosed with dental biopsies. If any of the above situations occur, it is important that these lesions be removed and sent to a dental laboratory to check for cancerous cells. Our pathology team will study the sample and send their findings back to the dental office. If it tests positive for cancer, patients can then discuss with Drs. Sambhav Jain, Shivani Gupta, and Arpana Gupta the options available to them for addressing this condition and bringing their smile and body back to health.
Patients are encouraged to have an oral cancer screening done at each visit to the dentist. Our team will look for any changes in the smile each time patients come into our practice, and may make recommendations for a dental biopsy as necessary.