Why are lesions important?

Changes in the lining of the mouth should be examined to diagnose and treat any pathological processes. These changes can include alteration in the colour or texture of the lining, swelling, or a sore that fails to heal. Lesions can appear in the throat, palate, cheeks, gum, or lips and are not always associated with pain. Early diagnosis and treatment is highly encouraged as it can prevent serious consequences and can even be life-saving. In some cases, a biopsy is recommended.

What is a biopsy?

A biopsy is a procedure designed to establish a diagnosis. A small sample of the lesion is taken so that it can be examined in a specialized lab under a microscope. The procedure is usually very minor and can be done with local freezing.