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QUESTION: Hi dr Joel
Here it is today. Looked redder this morning but I ate hot buffalo wings for dinner last night. One thing I wanted to ask you is that if I presented with this in your office would you recommend a biopsy? Because none of the specialists did that. Is that because a cancer doesn't present with the looks of mine? I sent you pics of both sides

ANSWER: Steve - I would not do a biopsy at this time, since there is healing.  If the healing completely stops or the irritation does not improve a biopsy might be beneficial.  At this stage definitely not.  There appears to be areas of healing at this time and it definitely does not look like cancer from your pictures.

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QUESTION: Ok thanks. I'll keep rinsing and I'll try kenalog. Def has to be from chewing eating talking during day bc it's much less pronounced when I wake up. Just frustrating. The good thing is that it's painless. Here it is from when I woke up to now at 3 pm. I don't think the mouth guard will help bc I don't think the damage is being done during sleep

ANSWER: Steve-  You'll just have to make notes as to when and what time the area gets worse and when does it get better.

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QUESTION: As you can see it looks the best in the morning when I wake up. So
It has to be from talking eating etc. look at difference.

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Steve -  Just keep doing what do and it should improve.  As to the eating as a cause or an exacerbation of the problem, my suggestion is to try and not eat anything for about 3-5 days and see if there is a dramatic improvement.  That would probably be the best test.

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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired

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I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.

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Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor at State University School of Dentistry.

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American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Education/Credentials
BA- University of Connecticut DMD-University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Residency - Roosevelt Hospital, NYC

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