If we suspect you have oral cancer or another pathogenic dental condition, Dr. Gradoville may recommend an oral biopsy. A biopsy procedure involves taking a small sample of gum or tissue from your mouth and sending it to a lab. An analysis of the sample can allow for accurate diagnoses of:

  • Ulcers, sores or lesions in your mouth or on your gums
  • White or red patches on your gums
  • Gum swelling that is persistent or chronic
  • Gum changes that may be causing loose teeth or dentures


Biopsies are often used alongside imaging technology, such as X-rays.

After analysis a diagnosis for a dental disease or other condition is made based on the results. We will make recommendations and work with you to restore your oral health.