Dental Treatment Planning for the Patient with Oral Cancer

Dent Clin North Am. 2018 Jan;62(1):121-130. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2017.08.009. Epub 2017 Oct 7.


Oral cancer therapy is associated with a multitude of head and neck sequelae that includes, but is not limited to, hyposalivation, increased risk for dental caries, osteoradionecrosis of the jaw, radiation fibrosis syndrome, mucositis, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, dysgeusia, dysphagia, mucosal lesions, trismus, and infections. Preparing a comprehensive treatment plan for patients undergoing cancer therapy is essential to help minimize their risks for developing these oral and dental complications. In addition, dentists must take into account a patient's ongoing oncologic therapy for those patients who present to the dentist while concurrently receiving cancer treatment.

Keywords: Chemotherapy; Dental care for oral cancer; Dental oncology; Head and neck radiation therapy; Oral cancer.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dental Care / methods*
  • Diagnosis, Oral
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Humans
  • Medical History Taking
  • Mouth Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Mouth Neoplasms / pathology
  • Mouth Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Patient Care Planning*
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors