At Toronto East Maxillofacial Surgery in Toronto, ON, removing/sampling disease in the mouth and jaw near you is one of the things we do. It’s a common and often simple procedure done in the office. You’ll be able to go home immediately after and you may even be able to drive yourself home.
There are many reasons you might be told by an oral surgeon that you need a biopsy/sample of a disease/lesion in the mouth and jaw in Toronto, ON. Rest assured that as oral surgeons in Toronto, ON, we will walk you through this process.
The presence of specific risk factors can increase a person’s odds of getting oral cancer. The presence of these factors doesn’t mean that a person will get cancer. Additionally, people without risk factors might also develop oral cancer.
The main risk factor is smoking. There’s a strong correlation between smoking and different types of cancer, including cancer in the mouth. Heavy alcohol use and certain viral infections are also implicated. Patients with a personal or family history of jaw or mouth cancer are at increased risk too.
If we find a suspicious lesion in the mouth or jaw, we’ll need to sample it so we can diagnose it. Samples are sent to a pathologist for further examination. Suspicious lesions include masses, ulcers, and discolored patches. We won’t have a final diagnosis until we get the pathology report.
There are benign diseases that need to be removed besides cancer. Patients can have bony growths in their palates or jaws that need to be removed. Benign tumors affecting the jawbones will also need to be excised. Some people can develop additional teeth, and it’s important to remove them.
We’ll be with you every step of the way. Everything will be explained in detail, and we’d be happy to answer all of your questions.