Reconstructive Dentistry May Be Needed After Cancer Treatment
Cancer treatment can be hard on the entire body. Not only does it attack the cancerous cells, but certain forms of treatment can also suppress your immune system and even attack your own healthy cells. While it may not be the first thing on your mind while you are undergoing cancer treatment, your teeth can face serious damage after treatment, and some reconstructive dentistry may be necessary.
Some forms of cancer such as salivary gland cancer and mouth cancer require surgery in the mouth. In some cases removal of all or some of the teeth is necessary. Partial or full dentures, or even dental implants may be required in order to restore your smile.
Don’t Be Hasty
It is absolutely important that you have a clean bill of health before you undergo any cosmetic dentistry procedure. While healing is generally not a huge issue, a suppressed immune system can hinder the healing process for procedures such as dental implants, and may ultimately result in the implant being rejected.
Cancer patients who used radiation therapy should also consider alternatives to dental implants as they are at a higher risk for osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). ONJ is a condition where the bone dies around any source of trauma, including dental implants.