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Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal (Internet)

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MOTA-RAMIREZ, Amparo; SILVESTRE, Francisco Javier  and  SIMO, Juan Manuel. Oral biopsy in dental practice. Med. oral patol. oral cir.bucal (Internet) [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.7, pp.504-510. ISSN 1698-6946.

The conclusions drawn from the study of an oral biopsy are considered essential for the definitive diagnosis of diseases of the oral mucosa, and for the subsequent planning of appropriate treatment. Although the obtainment of biopsies is widely used in all medical fields, the practice is not so widespread in dental practice - fundamentally because of a lack of awareness of the procedure among dental professionals. In this context, it must be taken into account that the early diagnosis of invasive oral malignancy may be critical for improving the patient prognosis. However, in some cases the results are adversely affected by incorrect manipulation of the biopsy material. The present study provides an update on the different biopsy sampling techniques and their application. Such familiarization in turn will contribute to knowledge of the material and instruments required for correct biopsy performance in dentistry, as well as of the material required for correct sample storage and transport.

Keywords : Oral biopsy; oral histology; surgical technique; oral diagnosis.

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