Recent Experience at Doctor Wildern’s office regarding Oral Cancer Patients.
If you are going to be treated with Radiation or Chemotherapy for cancer treatment, you should make sure you see your dentist before you start radiation treatment. You need to take care of any dental needs that are infection related. This would include abscesses, extractions and periodontal disease.
A recent experience at Dr. Wildern’s Office included one patient coming in to get a clean bill of dental health before they started their cancer treatment. The other experience Dr. Wildern witnessed was just the opposite. He had a patient come in 28 days after their radiation therapy had already started. He was truly concerned for this patient because they presented with some of the above mentioned dental infections that should have been taken care of before they started cancer treatment.
Osteoradionecrosis is the most serious possible complication facing an oral cancer patient. This affects the oral cavity tissues since radiation and chemotherapy destroys healthy cells with cancer cells slowing the healing process and causing other complications.
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