Oral Pathology in Fort McMurray
It is important to always screen your mouth for Oral Cancer because when it is caught early enough, it can successfully be treated.
You could also screen yourself frequently for Oral Cancer by feeling for any abnormalities or lumps.
How often should I have oral cancer screening done?
Some studies show that you should be screened at every routine dental appointment and other studies show that once a year is sufficient. The most important thing with Oral Cancer is catching it early enough. Speak to your dentist about getting screened for Oral Cancer and perform self screenings frequently.
What kind of lesions should be checked by my Dentist or Oral Surgeon?
Any abnormality that will not heal should be checked by a Dentist or Oral Surgeon. Some of these abnormalities include a lump or sore in the mouth that will not heal, white or red patch in the mouth or on your lip or in your throat.
What is a biopsy?
A biopsy is a medical procedure where the Oral Surgeon removes abnormal tissue or fluid and places it into preservation and sends it off to a laboratory for testing of abnormalities. At the laboratory, a technologist will use a microscope to view the cells to determine if it is cancerous or not. If the biopsy is found to be cancerous the biopsy can determine whether or not the cancer was first started in another part of the body or if it started at the biopsy site.
How long after our Oral Surgeon does a biopsy do I hear back about my results?
Once the biopsy is sent off to the laboratory it can take up to six to eight weeks to hear back about the results.
Do I need sedation to have a biopsy done?
Sedation is used when the patient is really anxious about dental treatment. Deciding whether or not sedation is necessary is dependent on the procedure and the patient. Sometimes biopsies are done in conjunction with other dental treatment such as tooth extractions, in these cases the patient has often already decided to move forward with sedation for their treatment. However, there are some non-invasive biopsy procedures that can be performed using only Local Anesthesia. If you are unsure whether or not to your biopsy requires sedation, please book a consultation with our Oral Surgeon to answer any questions you may have.