Upon your visiting our clinic we:
- assess your medical and dental history
- examine and assess your teeth, the oral mucosa, the jaw bones, the temporomandibular joints and the masseters.
- take the appropriate radiographs
- communicate with your treating oncologist
- organize your management plan
We educate you to understand what is expected during cancer therapy and what are the possible long-term consequences and the prevention strategies.
In each individual patient we introduce the appropriate oral care protocol for the preservation of dental health, gingivae and oral mucosa clean and moist.
Our aims, at each phase of cancer therapy, are to:
- identify and treat existing carious and broken teeth and teeth which need treatment
- stabilize or eliminate potential sites of oral mucosal infection or dental and periodontal disease
- conduct a prosthodontic assessment
- extract teeth, which are non-restorable or may be at risk for problems
- prevent or reduce xerostomia and dental caries
- early diagnose and treat the infections
- preserve the mouth opening
- prevent trismus and other problems, related to problems from the temporomandibular joint
- assess the tumor area and follow up, in case the initial tumor was located in the mouth
If you receive antiresorptive medications for the prevention and management of skeletal-related events, in case of bone metastasis or osteoporosis due to your cancer therapy, your regular dental examinations and assessments aim to prevent the development of osteonecrosis of the jaw. If you need a dental extraction, we will take appropriate care for the post-extraction wound healing.
If you have been treated with haematopoietic stem cell transplantation and you have pain and your mouth hurts due to the development of graft versus host disease, we will introduce you appropriate oral care. Regular follow up of your mouth can prevent and early diagnose the rare development of oral cancer.