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My dentist seen a black spot that is in the upper part of my gums. Said it doesn't look cancerous but wants me to still have a biopsy. Why is this?

My dentist seen a black spot that is in the upper part of my gums. Said it doesn't look cancerous but wants me to still have a biopsy. Why is this?

Several choices: It might be an area of increased pigment like a freckle, amalgam stain from when a mercury filling was placed, or melanoma. Definitely would have ENT or oral surgeon look at it. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Biopsy (Definition)

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


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Have a small black spot on my gums. Just showed up in dentist checkup. Having biopsied. Could it be something harmful or harmless. It's freaking meout?

Have a small black spot on my gums. Just showed up in dentist checkup. Having biopsied. Could it be something harmful or harmless. It's freaking meout?

Wait for results: The cause behind dark spots on your gums can be harmless or deadly, depending on its nature. Some oral cancers manifest as dark spots in their early stages, and some of the causes of serious gum disease can also lead to the existence of dark spots or formations on your teeth and gums. The biopsy will give a definitive answer. ...Read more

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Is there any link between oral cancer and thyroid cancer? Had papillary thyroid cancer now suspicious white/red patch on gums that needs biopsy

Not aware: Not aware of any link, but if you have a lesion in your mouth that is different from your normal looking gum, go see a doctor or dentist. ...Read more

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I have a big aphthous(5mm) on my upper gingiva for 4 days, is it normal to have an aphthous on gingiva and gum? Are they different from the other ones

I have a big aphthous(5mm) on my upper gingiva for 4 days, is it normal to have an aphthous on gingiva and gum? Are they different from the other ones

Yes, it is possible: to have an aphthous on gingiva and gun. Canker sores (mouth ulcers) are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. If concerned see your dentist after 10 days or visit today for laser immediate amelioration. ...Read more

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What is a gum biopsy and what does it tell you?

What is a gum biopsy and what does it tell you?

Sampling: The gum is part of your mouth (around the teeth). A biopsy of it is usually done to try and document a specific disease or process. There are hundreds of reasons to do a biopsy, so you should probably wait for the pathologist to give you a result before you move further forward in the process. ...Read more

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I had a biopsy of the gum tissue, it came bk with traces off bruising please wot causes that 2 happen thankyou?

I had a biopsy of the gum tissue, it came bk with traces off bruising please wot causes that 2 happen thankyou?

Biopsy results: The best person to answer this question for you is the dentist who took the biopsy. He\she knows your complete medical and dental history and has personally examined you as well. We can only give you a list of possibilities while your own dentist can either determine the exact cause or give you a pretty good educated guess. Discuss this issue with your dentist. ...Read more

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Dds: can a raised healthy coral pink gingiva mimic the appearance of a gum abscess but not be one? Visit with perio. In 2 weeks.

Dds: can a raised healthy coral pink gingiva mimic the appearance of a gum abscess but not be one? Visit with perio. In 2 weeks.

Yes: Chronic infections can take on a more pinkish tone, rather than the reddish swollen and soft acute infections. It may also be a gingival overgrowth or benign lesion which can be common. ...Read more

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I have a lump in my gum. Dr. Took x-rays and says its probably an abscess but wants to biopsy it. Is a biopsy necessary to determine an abscess?

I have a lump in my gum. Dr. Took x-rays and  says its probably an abscess but wants to biopsy it. Is a biopsy necessary to determine an abscess?

Depends: A typical abscess is not biopsied, but if the dentist is suspicious of it being something other than an abscess, it is often a good idea to rule out other diseases. If you are not sure, ask your doctor to clarify or see a dentist, oral surgeon, or periodontist for a second opinion. ...Read more

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A lesion was removed on my gum, it did not show on the c scan, I have to wait for the biopsy to find out if it a cyst or a blood vessel or what, Why?

A lesion was removed on my gum, it did not show on the c scan, I have to wait for the biopsy to find out if it a cyst or a blood vessel or what, Why?

Yes!!: examining tissue is the most accurate way to determine the type of lesion you have. The specimen obtained needs to be processed and then examined under microscope. This takes time. Be patient, take a deep breath, and lets hope for good news. ...Read more

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Are gum grafts, when healed, as tight around the tooth as "normal" gingiva attachment?

Are gum grafts, when healed, as tight around the tooth as "normal" gingiva attachment?

Yes: Recession of the gums = bone loss. The root of your tooth should be covered by gums and bone. Attached tissue is needed to avoid further recession and bone loss. Gum grafts increase the attached tissue on a tooth. If healthy, the attachment is strong and prevents further bone loss. If not properly cleaned, the gums get inflamed and the attachment becomes weaker. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Gums (Definition)

Gum are the pink soft tissue that forms a collar around our teeth, that collar acts as a gasket of sorts that protects the tooth roots and the bone that ...Read more