• dental issues

    Asked by SouthernMom on Monday, March 4, 2013

    dental issues

    Does anyone have any advice on handling dental issues? I am in the middle of chemo and I had a filling fall out. It hurts all the way up my face! Help!

    3 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I am right there with you sister. I ended my second course of 25 radiation treatments 4 years ago, had the first 24 years ago. Right away my teeth started chipping, fillings fell out, simply falling apart. Oncologist says I need to go see oral surgeon, He asks "didn't they tell you to have all your teeth out before you started radiation"? NO..... I had radiation on my lower jaw, twice so it was apparently harder on my teeth than if you get it in other areas. Still, I see people here talking about dental issues all the time and they had no radiation, just chemo. So it's a problem. I went to a Dentist and told them I wanted everything that was questionable fixed before treatment even started. Still had troubles.

      You will have to talk to the doc and Dentist and see what can be done. I know they usually don't want you having anything done during treatment. Better make a call!

      Good luck to you.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Greg's advice is right on the button. When I first started oral chemo I had the same issue, by doctor took me off my pills for a week, and I got the work I needed done.

      over 3 years ago
    • SMT4's Avatar

      You might want to check for an oncology dentist. They are really helpful in handling your special needs before, during and post treatment. My onc dentist gave some really good pointers before going into radiation, and for good oral care during treatment. Check with your onc and see if he or she can refer you to a onc dentist or a dentist that specialises in oral care for cancer patients so you can get some help or maybe a sealent on the tooth to ease the pain.

      over 3 years ago

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