Oral Biopsy Specialist

Charles E. Dyer, IV, DDS, MS, PC -  - Periodontist

Charles E. Dyer, IV, DDS, MS, PC

Periodontist located in Cypress, TX

Worldwide, nearly half a million oral cancer cases are discovered each year. That’s why Charles E. Dyer, IV, DDS, offers oral biopsy procedures to detect cases of oral cancer early on when it’s far easier to treat. At his office in Cypress, Texas, Dr. Dyer can remove a small sample of gum tissue to check for cancerous cells in abnormal growths as a standard part of your preventive oral health care regimen. To schedule a routine check-up, complete with an oral biopsy, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Oral Biopsy

What is an oral biopsy and what is it used for?

An oral biopsy is a simple medical procedure that helps Dr. Dyer determine the root cause of any abnormalities inside your mouth, namely growths, bumps, or patches.

It involves removing a sample of tissue from your gums for testing. The sample is then sent out to an outside lab where it’s inspected for the presence of cancerous cells.

An oral biopsy is the best method to rule out or diagnose early forms of oral cancer. There are approximately 450,000 new cases of oral cancer detected worldwide each year. It’s important to perform regular oral cancer checks to catch the problem early on when it’s easier to treat.

What are the signs of oral cancer?

Here are some of the most common signs to look out for when it comes to oral cancer:

  • Lip or mouth sores that don’t heal
  • White or red patches inside your mouth
  • New growths or bumps inside your mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Mouth or ear pain
  • Painful swallowing

Since it’s hard to check for signs of oral cancer on your own, it’s important to get annual checks courtesy of Dr. Dyer during your regular preventive care visits.

Who is at risk for oral cancer?

Here are some of the most common risk factors for oral cancer that can help you determine if you’re at risk:

  • Age (being over 40 increases your risk)
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Excessive sun exposure

However, even if none of the risk factors listed above apply to you, it’s still entirely possible to be diagnosed with oral cancer.

Do I need an oral biopsy?

It’s not always easy to detect signs of oral cancer on your own. That’s why it’s so important to maintain your regular visits with Dr. Dyer and get oral cancer examinations on a consistent basis.

If anything appears out of the ordinary, Dr. Dyer will likely recommend an oral biopsy to rule out oral cancer and try to determine what’s the root cause of your abnormal growth, patch, or bump.

To schedule your next preventive care visit complete with an oral cancer check, call the office or book an appointment online today.

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