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Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more
Tooth 14 rock solid in jaw. No pain. Deep sulcus with fistula. Periodontist will extract. Guesses if tooth abscess. Says lesion. Savable?
See an endodontist: for evaluation. Endodontists are dentists who have at least 2-3 years of advanced training in root canals and saving teeth. No matter how effective dental implants are, and they can be very effective, generally nothing is as good as a natural tooth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No evidence: There isn't any evidence that it increases risk for cancer. The real thing to keep in mind is that smoking is just about the worst (if not the worst) thing one can do to their body. It markedly increases your risk of many types of cancer, including oral and throat cancers! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually a bone: Biopsy is done on a a bone with a symptom (pain) and an x-ray abnormalitity (dissolved bone. Lytic; sclerotic, bone, blastic) indicating metastasis or fracture. The biopsy can obtain tissue if the source is occult. A bone marrow biopsy is done to assess anemia, look for leukemia, and sometimes another marrow disorder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there any link between oral cancer and thyroid cancer? Had papillary thyroid cancer now suspicious white/red patch on gums that needs biopsy
Need gum surgery for receding gums, which is better, donor gum tissue or using gum graft from the roof of the mouth?
Actually there: Are numerous carcinogens in tobacco, but nicotine is *not* carcinogenic, it is just highly addictive. The idea of patches is that they taper the dose of nicotine to aid your dependence on it, until you stop...The craving is less. So, the nicorette/derm is safe, a bridge to lower your 'required' dose, and help you ditch the product. ...Read more
Some periodontists don't recommend gum grafting despite substantial gum recession on the lingual side. Why is this?
Varying Factors: Each situation is slightly different... your post infers that "gum grafting" and "gum recession" are exactly the same in every patient: they are not. Your own periodontist can best explain why or why not the procedure is right for your situation. ...Read more
Tooth extraction: impossible to answer without a visual examnation and additional information. Make an appointment to have it examined by your dentist or the surgeon to did the extraction. Also, make sure you follow the post-op instructions and keep all follow-up appointments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
New rec gums 2 lower teeth. h/o healthy teeth but always aggressive/hard when brushing. No bleed/other symp. Gingivitis, gum disease or from brushing?
All of the above: While periodontal or gum disease is the main cause of gum recession, aggressive tooth brushing can contribute. As I understand it, gingivitis is a milder form of gum disease, but the more severe periodontitis is a serious gum infection damaging the soft tissue & destroying the bone that supports your teeth. Receding gums are symptoms of both. Follow your dentist's guidelines for prevention. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It varies: The level of discomfort experienced can vary considerably. Different people have different pain tolerance. Inflammatory nodules are likely to be more tender than cysts or tumors. Different doctors choose different size needles. Some use lidocaine, a local anesthetic, some do not. Most patients experience a level of pain similar to what they feel while getting an IV started. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Vats wedge lung resection on solitary nodule. Results: multiple necrotizing granulomas negative for microorganisms afb & gms. Lymph nodes benign fibroadipose tissue. Tissue being cultured for what?
Excisional: Excisional biopsy is more accurate for diagnosis of lymphoma, because the samples are much larger. Fine needle aspiration (fna) can make the diagnosis, and is much less invasive - however, the sample is much smaller, and can miss the involved portion of the lymph node. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not if done right: Lungs have very few nerve endings within the lung. If done by a skilled doctor biopsy thru the skin (ie guide by a scanner) can cause pressure and a feeling of fullness but minimal pain. The level of discomfort relates to how accessible the nodule or mass is for the biopsy needle. ...Read more
Periodontist question: do alloderm gum grafts usually lead to any added vertical millimeter covering of teeth roots?
That's the intention: Alloderm has several uses in periodontal surgery: root coverage, gingival augmentation, soft tissue ridge augmentation, soft tissue augmentation around implants. The procedure is relatively successful in competent surgical hands, proper case selection and with patient cooperation. ...Read more