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Dental Arts of Frederick

Continuing Care of Oral Cancer Patients

Mature woman smiling on a couchOral cancer is a serious, life-threatening, diagnosis. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to restoring your quality of life. However, many oral cancer treatments can affect the health of your mouth and lead to tissue loss. At Dental Arts of Frederick, we can provide you with the continuing care you need after oral cancer treatment to restore your smile and other maxillofacial issues.

Effects of Oral Cancer Treatments

Oral cancer treatments can have several effects on the mouth, head, and neck. These effects include:
•  Xerostomia, or dry mouth.
•  Lesions in the mouth that can be very painful.
•  Trouble swallowing.
•  Decaying teeth.
•  Tooth loss.
•  Tissue loss. In some cases, a significant amount of tissue or bone may need to be removed to remove a cancerous growth.

Treating Damaged Teeth

Oral cancer treatment can lead to issues that can cause significant tooth decay. Decay can compromise the structural integrity of the affected teeth, leaving them susceptible to splitting or shattering. Decay can also compromise the health of the teeth, leaving them vulnerable to painful tooth infections. We can help to restore these decayed teeth, preserving them and preventing the need for tooth extractions. Depending upon the severity of the decay, we can provide treatments such as:
•  Dental fillings.
•  Inlays and onlays.
•  Dental crowns.

Tooth Replacement

In some cases, oral cancer treatment can lead to tooth loss. Losing teeth affects not just your smile, but your abilities to eat and speak as well. Additionally, tooth loss can affect the strength of your jawbone, leading to bone loss. This bone loss causes the jaw, and the face, to change shape. There are several treatments for replacing missing teeth. These treatments include:
•  Dental bridges. A bridge is a fixed treatment designed to replace one to three consecutive missing teeth.
•  Dentures. A denture is a removable prosthetic that can replace a section of missing teeth or an entire arch of missing teeth.
•  Dental implants. Dental implants are a more modern solution for replacing missing teeth. This treatment uses small titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone to support your replacement teeth.

Maxillofacial Prosthetics

We can also provide several different types of maxillofacial prosthetics that can help to restore oral functions and improve the aesthetics of your face and mouth. Prosthetics we can provide include:
•  Oculars, which replace eyes.
•  Orbitals, which replace eyes and the surrounding tissue.
•  Prosthetics to replace the ears, which are called auricular prostheses.
•  Nasal prosthetics.
•  Obturators. An obturator helps to restore a physical separation between the oral and nasal cavities, restoring speech and swallowing abilities of oral cancer patients. A temporary prosthesis can be provided during the recovery phase, and a permanent one can be fabricated following healing.
•  Fluoride carriers. A fluoride carrier is a special tray filled with a fluoride gel that aids in strengthening the teeth and preventing decay.
•  Radiation shields. We can also fabricate a radiation shield that can be used during radiation treatment. This shield is specifically designed to help protect your tissues.

While oral cancer treatment can affect your teeth and cause other maxillofacial issues, treatment can be provided to restore the appearance of your face and smile, giving you back your confidence. For more information on the continuing care of oral cancer patients, call Dental Arts of Frederick at 301-732-7277 today.


Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Providing prosthodontic and dental care in Frederick, Maryland, and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Washington DC.

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