Cancer dental care surgery often entails removing non-restorable teeth and smoothing the bone structure that holds the teeth before radiation therapy to decrease the likelihood of ulceration of the gum tissues after treatment.
It is common for patients receiving radiation for head and neck malignancies to experience oral complications. A thorough oral evaluation by a knowledgeable dentist before cancer treatment begins is important to the success of overall treatment.
Oral care before radiation treatment:
- Reduces the risk and severity of oral complications.
- Allows quick identification and treatment of existing infections or other problems.
- Prevents, eliminates, or reduces oral pain during cancer treatment.
- Reduces or prevents complications that compromise nutrition.
- Reduces or prevents later incidence of bone necrosis.
- Permits time to discuss oral hygiene care for cancer therapy.
Your oral health is an important part of your overall health; UT Dentistry is here to be a part of your cancer care team.