• Having teeth problems always a side affect after having Radiation treatment

    Asked by happy80 on Sunday, March 17, 2013

    Having teeth problems always a side affect after having Radiation treatment

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I wouldn't say allways, but there have been serious side effects for me, and several others on the site. I was radiated in the lower jaw and neck area twice for a total of 28 tx, one time then the next was 25 treatments. It destroyed my teeth, killed my saliva glands and caused other problems. Now, I received radiation twice in my life on the same area, that's not common, but still as we say all the time "your results may vary". But be aware of the possiblility, and talk to your oncologist and dentist about preventative measures.

      over 4 years ago
    • thestarr's Avatar

      I had my tooth extracted after radiation and that was a big mistake. I wound up with osteoradionecrosis of the jaw bone. Please make sure and tell your dentist that you have undergone radiation treatment. My mouth is so dry and I'm having all kinds of issues with my teeth. Before doing radiation, I had to get my dentist to sign a paper that everything looked ok with my teeth. I believe my teeth were fine at that time but unfortunately, that has changed. If you need to have a tooth extracted, go to a Oral Surgeon.

      over 4 years ago
    • vet613's Avatar

      I am currently faced with some of the same dental issues and frankly the potential for disastrous outcomes freak me out. I am meeting with a VA dental department head today @ 1:30. Wish me luck.

      My best to all,

      over 4 years ago
    • SMT4's Avatar

      If you have one in the area you live you might want to check out an oncology dentist they are really great at helping patients make the right oral care decisions during and after treatments.

      over 4 years ago

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