Oral Biopsy in New York City, NY

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If a member of our dental team detects signs or symptoms of oral cancer or another oral pathology, we may suggest an oral biopsy at our New York, NY office. If this occurs, one of our oral and maxillofacial specialists will work with you to diagnose, treat, and manage abnormalities related to the mouth, head, neck, or throat. This could include cancerous or precancerous growths, abnormal lesions or growths, and more. If detected early, oral cancer can be treated and even rectified. At East Village Dental Center, our specialized team is here to work with you during these times of uncertainty. For more information on oral biopsies, contact our office to schedule a consultation.

It's possible for oral cancer to form anywhere in or around the mouth. This includes areas such as the tongue, cheeks, lips, gums, throat, and even salivary glands. If any suspicious growths or lesions are found in the mouth, head, or neck tissues, you may require an oral biopsy from a skilled dental professional. Some common signs that an oral biopsy may be needed to detect oral cancer include:

  • Either raised or rough patches of skin
  • Discolored flat or raised lesions
  • Abnormal-looking bumps or nodules
  • Sores in the mouth that bleed or don't seem to heal
  • A lump or mass in the head or neck areas
  • Trouble with swallowing
  • A persistent sore throat or hoarseness

While pain in these areas is not always indicative of cancer, it's important to understand that pain in the mouth, head, or neck should be evaluated. You may be at higher risk if you have a history of cancer, a family history of cancer, bad oral health, poor general health, drink alcohol excessively, smoke tobacco, are exposed to UV exposure, or if you have HPV.

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There are a variety of oral biopsies that could be performed at our New York, NY office. Your exact treatment will vary based on the type of biopsy performed. Generally, though, oral biopsies are quick and involve removing a small sample of the tissue in question from your mouth. We send the sample to a pathologist and should have the results back within 48 – 72 hours. The biopsies we offer include:

  • Exfoliative cytology: A handheld device will be used to scrape the suspicious cells. This is generally a quick and relatively pain-free biopsy; however, it can't detect all types of cancer, so additional screenings may be necessary.
  • Incisional biopsy: This type of biopsy involves cutting out a sample of the abnormal tissue. It's often performed under local anesthesia and will involve getting stitches to suture the incision.
  • Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy: This type of biopsy is often performed when there is a lump on the throat or neck. We will use a thin needle to extract fluid from the growth.

Factors that determine the type of biopsy you receive include:

  • Age
  • Health history
  • Symptoms
  • Lifestyle


After an oral biopsy, we will give you instructions on how to best care for your treated area in order to promote optimal healing. This could include avoiding certain foods or activities while you recover. We will also show you how to perform oral cancer screenings at home. This can help you detect any other abnormalities, hopefully as soon as possible. If follow-up care is needed, we will review that with you, depending on your results.

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Oral biopsies may be covered under your insurance. Many insurance companies cover at least part of oral pathology exams. One of our team members will review your insurance plan and contact your insurance company to better understand your policy. We will do what we can to maximize your benefits and reduce out-of-pocket expenses. We are happy to take a number of different payment options and can help you understand low-interest medical financing.

If you notice a suspicious growth or lesion in your mouth or on your neck, it could indicate a form of oral, neck, or head cancer. If that's the case, it's important to seek out the help of a dental surgeon like those at East Village Dental Center, who can perform a biopsy to help you detect cancers related to the mouth as soon as possible. Our team offers a range of biopsy treatments and will work with you during this uncertain period so you can understand your options. For more information or to schedule an exam, contact our New York, NY office today.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.