General & Restorative Oral Care
At the Dallas Center for Oral Health and Wellness, Dr. Willison and her team treat cancer patients with great care and respect. Preexisting or untreated dental disease can complicate cancer treatment. Therefore, a comprehensive oral evaluation should take place well before cancer treatment begins, so there is adequate time for recovery from any required dental procedures. The pre-treatment evaluation includes a thorough examination of teeth, gums, and other tissues of the mouth. Appropriate x-rays should be taken to detect hidden sources of infection or other problems.
Before cancer treatment is initiated:
- Infected or broken teeth should be removed
- Large cavities repaired
- Gum disease addressed with appropriate treatment, including deep cleaning, otherwise known as root scaling and planing
Once cancer treatment begins, oral complications from radiation to the head and neck or chemotherapy for any malignancy can compromise patients’ health and quality of life, ultimately affecting their ability to complete prescribed cancer treatment.
Therefore medically necessary oral care before, during, and after cancer treatment can prevent or reduce the incidence and severity of oral complications, enhancing both patient survival and quality of life. For example, lifelong aggressive fluoride treatments are often prescribed to decrease the chances of future cavities.
If you or a loved one has or is recovering from cancer, please schedule your appointment with Dr. Willison for an evaluation as soon as possible. She can discuss the appropriate prevention measures to help you avoid the sometimes severe oral complications of cancer treatment, as well as recommend appropriate dental treatment.