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Mucosal Biopsies


An oral biopsy involves the removal of a tissue sample from your mouth so a pathologist can examine it under a microscope and diagnose any potential issues. It is quite common for changes or small growths to appear in and around the mouth, and while most of the time these are harmless, they can be serious. A biopsy will identify the cause of the change so a treatment program can be developed.

In some instances, growths can be an indication of a serious issue such as oral cancer, so it’s very important to get any changes to your mouth checked out as soon as possible.

How long will it take?

The biopsy procedure is very simple procedure and usually only takes 20 to 30 minutes.


Only a small tissue sample is removed, and this can usually be done under a local anaesthetic with minimal discomfort. Sometimes a small suture may be put in place if required.