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In order to treat head and neck cancer, patients are often subjected to radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Although this can have a significant impact on their quality of life, the treatments may also cause some oral complications.

The most common oral side effects of chemotherapy and radiation include mucositis, xerostomia, trismus, stomatitis, glossitis, gingivitis, mucosal ulceration, tooth discoloration, and tooth loss.

Our services require a referral from a specialist.

Specialists who typically refer patients for our services include:

Complication post head and neck cancer treatment

This is the inflammation of the mucous membranes that line the inside of the mouth and throat. It usually begins as a burning sensation in the mouth and throat. As the disease progresses, the patient can develop ulcers and sores.

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, happens when you don’t make enough saliva (spit). Saliva is important for mouth health. A lack of saliva can lead to tooth decay. Dry mouth symptoms include discomfort, sore throat and swallowing problems. Treatment for dry mouth includes steps to increase saliva production.

Stomatitis is inflammation of the mucous membrane of the mouth, including the inner aspect of the lips, cheeks, gums, tongue, and throat. It is a type of mucositis. It can be acute or chronic, mild or serious.

Glossitis refers to inflammation of the tongue. The condition causes the tongue to swell in size, change in color, and develop a different appearance on the surface. The tongue is the small, muscular organ in the mouth that helps you chew and swallow food. It also helps with your speech.

A form of gum disease that causes inflamed gums.
The cause is poor oral hygiene. Untreated gingivitis can lead to tooth loss and other serious conditions.
Symptoms include gums that are swollen, puffy, receding, sometimes tender or that bleed easily.
Treatment involves a professional cleaning as well as oral rinses.

One or more painful sores on inner lips, gums, tongue, roof of the mouth or throat that may interfere with eating, such as a canker sore.

Tooth discoloration is abnormal tooth color, hue or translucency. External discoloration is accumulation of stains on the tooth surface. Internal discoloration is due to absorption of pigment particles into tooth structure. Sometimes there are several different co-existent factors responsible for discoloration.

Trismus, or lockjaw, is a painful condition in which the jaws do not open fully. As well as causing pain, trismus can lead to problems with eating, speaking, and oral hygiene. Trismus occurs when a person is unable to open their mouth more than 35 millimeters (mm)

Frequently Asked Questions

Prosthodontists, dentists practicing prosthodontic dentistry, are masters of complete oral rehabilitation. A prosthodontist is dedicated to the highest standards of care in the restoration and replacement of teeth.

Maxillofacial prosthodontics is an area of medical practice dedicated to the fabrication of medical devices to replace missing or damaged areas of the head and neck. This includes prosthetic eyes, ears, noses, tongues, and other devices.

Prosthodontists are highly trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating many diverse and complex dental conditions and restoring optimum function and esthetics. These include: crowns, bridges, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structure and/or teeth, snoring or sleep disorders and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care.

Maxillofacial prosthodontics is the reconstruction of oral or facial structures lost during surgery, from trauma, or are congenitally missing. This can result in cosmetic deficiencies and has negative effects on speaking, swallowing, and eating.


Patients that seek prosthetic care have often experienced a traumatic accident, have had surgical removal of diseased tissues, have a neuromuscular disorder from ALS or a stroke. Children that are born without full development of ears, teeth, or palate will likely gain the most benefit from working with a maxillofacial prosthodontist.

Prosthodontists are dental specialists in the restoration and replacement of teeth who have completed dental school plus three additional years of advanced post graduation training.

Prosthodontists are dental specialists in the restoration and replacement of teeth who have completed dental school plus three additional years of advanced post graduation training and an additional year or more of education in maxillofacial prosthetics.

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