preventive dentistry

Biopsies & Screenings

Screenings & Biopsies

Mouth & Lip Biopsies for Oral Health

Oral cancer can be extremely hard to detect until it spreads unless you have regular oral cancer screenings during visits with your dentist. If you need a biopsy, the team at Tennessee Implant & Oral Surgery will use the latest techniques and technology to screen for oral cancer.  

Biopsies for Peace of Mind

We specialize in fast, pain-free biopsies, and we work with referring dentists all over Lebanon

Dr. Kirk is an experienced oral surgeon, and he will ensure that proper areas are thoroughly checked for signs of cancerous growth

Catching potential cases of oral cancer early is the best way to ensure the best possible outcome

We use minimally-invasive techniques and offer sedation and numbing agents to keep you comfortable

Understanding Mouth & Lip Biopsies


Why Might I Need a Biopsy?

In most cases, you’ll need a biopsy because your dentist has noticed a potentially concerning growth or abnormality in your mouth. Issues like strange lumps, discolorations, or patches of irregular tissue can be early signs of oral cancer. We work with referring doctors all over Lebanon and the surrounding areas to provide mouth and lip biopsies.

What’s My Risk of Oral Cancer?

Like all other types of cancer, there are certain risk factors that may increase your likelihood of developing oral cancer. Oral tobacco use, including smoking and chewing tobacco, heightens your risk of oral cancer. Excessive sun exposure, overuse of alcohol, HPV infection, and poor diet/oral hygiene are also contributing factors.

In addition, oral cancer is more common in men than in women. It is recommended that you have an oral cancer screening with your dentist at least once per year if you are 40 years of age or older, or if you conform to one or more of the above risk factors.

Routine oral cancer screenings will help ensure that any areas of concern are recognized. By coming to Tennessee Implant & Oral Surgery for a biopsy, you can confirm whether a growth is benign or cancerous, and get the care you need.

Will My Biopsy Hurt?

No. We usually conduct biopsies using a local numbing agent and we only remove a minimal amount of tissue. Most patients experience no pain during the procedure. For larger biopsies or areas of tissue, some minor discomfort is common afterward. However, this will usually go away after a day or so and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication.

How Long Will It Take to Receive My Results?

Typically, your results will be back within 2-3 days of the procedure, but it may occasionally take up to a week or more to complete the biopsy analysis. During your procedure, we’ll let you know how long you can expect to wait before your biopsy is completed, and when you will get your results.

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– Dr. Kirk

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