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Gen Dent. 2007 Sep-Oct;55(5):457-61; quiz 462-3, 488.

The use of biopsy in dental practice. The position of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

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  • 1Oral Pathology Associates, Inc., Los Angeles California, USA.


Biopsy is the gold standard of diagnostic procedures. The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology has stated its position concerning biopsy use in dental practice, believing that using the procedure more frequently will enhance diagnosis and contribute substantially to the quest for more evidence-based practice. Biopsy is a technique within the scope of practice of general dentists. It is vital to understand that biopsy is a tool for the diagnosis of myriad benign and malignant oral conditions. More frequent use of biopsy in dental practice will likely reduce the number of successful lawsuits brought for delay or failure to diagnose. This article offers 10 guidelines to dentists to help assure the success of the procedure.

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