Any time you find an unexplained lump or lesion in your mouth that does not go away, it can be a cause for alarm. It’s important to get it checked by a professional at Benicia Oral Surgery located in Benicia, California, as quickly as possible. If it’s suspicious the talented team of oral surgeons offer biopsies and removals of cysts. If you have an unexplained growth or lesions in your mouth don’t hesitate to set up a consultation today either over the phone or online.

What types of irregularities in my mouth should I get checked?

The surface of the inside of your mouth should be bright pink and smooth. Any area that looks different from the rest of the tissue in your mouth, checks, tongue, and gums should be examined by the professionals at Benicia Oral Surgery. Be on the lookout for:

  • Ulcers that don’t heal
  • Tissue that feels thicker than the rest
  • Red and white spots or patches
  • Lumps, bumps, or growths
  • Sore throat that doesn’t go away
  • Trouble swallowing

The team of surgeons will examine your mouth and determine if a biopsy is the correct next step of action.  

Do I really need a biopsy?

Anything abnormal needs to be checked by the team at Benicia Oral Surgery. The idea of a biopsy can be scary, but it is done to rule out any major oral pathology such as oral cancer. When oral cancer is caught early, it is entirely treatable. 

A biopsy is a simple and quick procedure. Your surgeon will cut away a small sample of the suspicious tissue and send it to a lab for analysis. If it shows positive for pathology, a treatment plan can be started right away. Even if it ends up being a benign cyst, your surgeon still might recommend it be removed.  

If my cyst is benign, why does it need removed?

Though oral cysts are usually medically harmless, they can be uncomfortable. If your cyst is bothering you or it is interfering with dental appliances or your oral health, your Benicia Oral Surgery provider might recommend it be removed. 

There are a few ways an oral cyst can be removed, including:

  • Traditional surgery (cutting the cyst away)
  • Laser therapy
  • Cryotherapy (Freezing the cyst)




Taking a biopsy is a relatively short procedure. You will be with the surgeon for about 10 to 15 minutes. Driving this time the surgeon will take samples of the irregular patch of skin. Each sample will take around 10 to 20 seconds to obtain. When coming to the surgery please allow a little extra time to register and allow for any unexpected delay.


Be assured that not every biopsy reveals cancer. There may be many oral pathologies that are revealed by a biopsy. The purpose of the biopsy is to identify and treat the irregular patch of skin as quickly as possible. Even if you do have an oral cancer, they are very treatable if identified early. 


It is a good idea to conduct a self-exam for oral cancer once a month. The earlier that oral cancer is detected the better the chance of your recovery. You can conduct the exam using a mirror and bright light. In front of the morrow check the inside surfaces of your mouth, looking and feeling your front lips and gums and the inside of your cheeks. Also, look at the back of the mouth in the throat area. It is also advised to check the side of the face, jaw, and neck for any lumps or swelling, paying particular attention to the lymph glands. If you detect any irregularities then call the team at Benicia Oral Surgery.


There are some risk factors that are considered the leading causes of oral cancer. By avoiding exposure to these things it can help you reduce the chance of oral cancer. They include smoking and chewing tobacco, the heavy drinking of alcohol, and exposure to the sun. Be aware though that 25% of those diagnosed with oral cancer are non-smokers who drink alcohol occasionally. Therefore everyone should have regular checks.

Schedule a consultation with the Benicia Oral Surgery team to make sure the abnormality in your mouth is not something more serious. Call today, or set up your appointment online.

Our doctors who provide this service

Irving Riley, DDS

With over 40 years of clinical experience, Irving Riley, DDS, MPH, serves the San Francisco Bay region as an oral surgeon at Benicia Oral Surgery located in Benicia, California. He holds various leadership positions in professional and civic organizations and has taught dental students as an associate professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School.

Lewis Clayman, DMD, MD

With over 25 years of experience as an oral surgeon and residency director, Lewis Clayman, DMD, MD, joins the Benicia Oral Surgery team as the chief surgeon of the practice. As an expert in the field, patients choose Dr. Clayman for implantology, oncology, reconstructive surgery, and dental extractions, just to name a few. He has traveled the world volunteering his services in places such as India, Brazil, and Nepal.

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