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If you have gum disease or another deteriorating dental condition, our periodontist may recommend an oral biopsy to diagnose the exact type of harmful bacteria causing your disease. This allows Dr. Jessica Swoboda and her team to provide you with a more accurate diagnosis and a more effective treatment. To learn more about an oral biopsy in Bozeman, Montana, and to schedule an appointment at 406 Periodontics, please give us a call at 406-404-1303.

If we suspect you have periodontal disease, oral cancer or another pathogenic dental condition, our periodontist may recommend an oral biopsy. A biopsy procedure involves taking a small sample of gum or tissue from your mouth and sending it to a lab. An analysis of the sample can allow for accurate diagnoses of:

  • Ulcers, sores or lesions in your mouth or on your gums
  • White or red patches on your gums
  • Gum swelling that is persistent or chronic
  • Gum changes that may be causing loose teeth or dentures

Biopsies are often used alongside imaging technology, such as X-rays and CT and MRI scans.

During your biopsy procedure performed by our periodontist, the target area in your mouth will be sterilized and anesthetized locally to minimize any discomfort. IV sedation is also an option for sample sites that are difficult to reach so that our doctor can maneuver in your mouth more easily.

After your biopsy procedure, your mouth may be numb for several hours. You may resume all of your normal activities and eating once the anesthetic has completely worn off. The biopsy site may be sore or tender for a few days. We advise no brushing in that area until the discomfort subsides. If your gums bleed or swell or are still causing you pain for more than a few days afterward, please contact our team.

We will send your biopsy sample to a lab for analysis. If a diagnosis for a dental disease or other condition is made based on the results, we will make recommendations and work with you to restore your oral health.

If you would like to learn more about dental biopsies or schedule with us, please call today.