In the mouth “lumps, bumps and irregular gums” may occur. In most cases these are non-cancerous, benign growths, but it is very important to have these areas checked out as soon as possible. Once the offending lesion has been removed, usually with local anesthetic, it is sent to a laboratory to be analyzed.

H and E Biopsies
Most biopsies are stained with two different dyes hemotoxilin and eosin. These allow the pathologist to evaluate what type of underlying cells are present and to make a proper diagnosis.
Lakewood Path Lab

Immuno Fluorescence
Sometimes it is necessary to send excised tissue to a special laboratory where radioisotopes are tagged to the cells to allow for a more exacting analysis of certain diseases.
Beutner Laboratories

Brush Biopsies
It is also possible to use small brushes to collect a number of surface cells to be examined under a microscope. This painless procedure is a wonderful screening tool used when an incisional biopsy is not needed.

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