About Us

Dental Specialties Northwest is a place of comfort, care, and luxury. We offer world-class services from our renowned and respected dentists, Dr. Tom Sweeney and Dr. Rhys Spoor. Our dentists have years of experience and continued training, and are dedicated to making your smile the best it has ever been. Both are highly specialized in dental implantology; Dr. Sweeney has additional expertise in periodontics.

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Biopsy and Oral Pathology


What is Oral Pathology?

Biopsy and Oral Pathology focuses on disease and the cause of the disease. This helps Dental Specialties Northwest narrow down a probable diagnosis. Oral pathology refers to diseases of the jaw, mouth, and surrounding structures. According to Dr. Sweeney, Dr. Spoor, and Dr. Ansong, a biopsy is one of the best ways to diagnose a biopsy and oral pathology.

What is a Biopsy?

If Dental Specialties Northwest finds something suspicious, a biopsy is carried out before the tissue is sent to a laboratory for further examination. The simple in office surgical procedure is performed during a dental visit with Dr. Sweeney, Dr. Spoor or Dr. Ansong.

Biopsy and Oral Pathology

Biopsy Benefits

Safe – In general, a biopsy is safe and simple.

Accurate Diagnosis – A biopsy allows Dental Specialties Northwest to provide the most accurate diagnosis possible.

Early Identification and Treatment – Early detection is the key, especially when it comes to oral cancer. Early treatment prevents the disease from growing and getting worse.

Peace of Mind – Sometimes odd lumps and bumps are nothing but extra tissue. A biopsy takes the worry out of possible threats giving you peace of mind.

Types of Biopsies

Incision Biopsy:

This simple procedure involves removal of abnormal tissue from a small area.

Excision Biopsy:

This procedure is slightly more involved and removes the growth or lesion along with a small amount of healthy surrounding tissue.

Brush Biopsy:

This non-invasive procedure uses a brush that is rubbed against the abnormal areas in your mouth.

Biopsy and Oral Pathology

How Do Biopsies Work?

Once Dr. Sweeney, Dr. Spoor or Dr. Ansong have determined that part of your mouth needs further examination, a biopsy is scheduled. In some cases, the biopsy can take place on the same day as the discovery. Most biopsies are performed under local anesthetic. Sedation is also available for dental biopsies.



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