The concept of having a lump, sore spot or abnormal tissue that won't go away is terrifying. In some cases diagnosing a lesion can be done from history and examination alone. However, this is not always the case. Under these circumstances we 'biopsy' the lesion. This involves taking a small representative bit of the tissue and sending it to the pathologist - a doctor who is an expert in diagnosing tissue abnormalities under the microscope. The procedure is very short and can usually be accomplished with a few drops of local anesthetic (freezing). In many cases where the lesion is small, the biopsy procedure is curative in that the whole lesion is removed and sent away.
We send the specimens to the Pathology Department at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, where they are examined and reported. We receive a report in 1 - 2 weeks for lesions which are benign, while malignant lesions are reported to us usually in 2 - 3 days.
We will report to you the day we receive the report.