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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. Andrew Seibert
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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

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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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?

Uncertain diagnosis: It appears that your doctor is not certain of the diagnosis and a biopsy is a good way to resolve the issue. A biopsy is not needed for an abscess, but the nature of the lump is not clear and examination of the tissue by a pathologist will settle the matter. ...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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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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0.5 lymph node in neck for more than a year doc said it can be due to gum infection should I get a biopsy ? No other symptoms

0.5 lymph node in neck for more than a year doc said it can be due to gum infection should I get a biopsy ? No other symptoms

Leave it alone: All young adult have at least one palpable node, usually more. If it's stable and not obviously abnormal, it's almost certainly your friend. ...Read more

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If u have swollen cheek redline on ur top gum wiv couple white spots@hot sorness on palate sameside havin biopsy wed ? Codeine hlps a little help ?

If u have swollen cheek redline on ur top gum wiv couple white spots@hot sorness on palate sameside havin biopsy wed ? Codeine hlps a little help ?

What is your questio: You apparently are handling this well with a biopsy. It may be an infection from one of yur teeth. Have a dentist take x-rays of this area to determine if a tooth is the cause. ...Read more

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What to do about inflated gums?

What to do about inflated gums?

Gingivitis: Inflamed gums can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, gum disease. The bacteria and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed. This is a serious problem, which should be checked by a dentist. The good news is that this condition is curable. Call your dentist today! ...Read more

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How do u stop hurting my gums ?

How do u stop  hurting my gums ?

Care for them better: It seems the gums may be inflamed. Make sure your dentist does a nice examination and evaluation of the gums to make sure they are healthy. The dentist can come up with a plan to make the gums healthier. It may require better techniques at home on your part to assist; the dentist and his hygienist cannot do this alone.... ...Read more

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Something growing out of my gums?

Sorry: "Something" isn't enough information. This is not a web-site answerable question, at any rate. You will have to be physically examined and perhaps x-rayed. Please call your Dentist now for an appointment. ...Read more

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Why do my gums keep droping down?

Why do my gums keep droping down?

Receding gums: The gum disease, vigorous tooth brushing are most often the causes for gums recession. See your dentist for examination and treatment. ...Read more

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What are some apartame free gums?

Xylitol or sorbitol : Look for xylitol or sorbitol as the sugar substitute in sugar free gum to avoid aspartame. ...Read more

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Can a piece of your gums come out ?

Can a piece of your gums come out ?

Yes it can: There are many reasons pieces of gum tissue can come or slough off. Sometimes disease or a growth can result on tissue coming or flaking off you need to have your dentist or periodontist check it out. Rule out any infection or disease. ...Read more

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How could my gums randomly swell up?

How could my gums randomly swell up?

Not random: It's not random. You just don't know why. See a dentist to determine why that's happening. It might well be an infection and if that's the case you need treatment right away! ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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