• What is the general rule of thumb about having dental work done during treatments?

    Asked by BugsBunny on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    What is the general rule of thumb about having dental work done during treatments?

    I need to have a filling done and maybe a root canal and crown. I will call my oncologist tomorrow, I thought surely there are people here that have been through this already. Anyone?

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Hello, I'm an oncology nurse and it's never a good idea during treatment because your immune system is compromised and you could aspirate any infection into your lungs. Better to follow your oncologists advice.

      7 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      General rule of thumb is to get dental treatment done before beginning chemo or radiation.
      https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/c/cancer-dental-health

      7 days ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Or wait until after. Another risk is infection in your jaw, which can have very serious complications.

      7 days ago
    • myb's Avatar
      myb

      I was told not to have any dental work during my 6 months of chemo.

      6 days ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Sometimes they may give you an antibiotic before and afterwards to keep things away but we do have to be super careful during treatments. Talk to your oncologist and see what they say. Can this wait?
      I waited for a checkup until I felt better from chemo.

      6 days ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      I was told to go to the dentist before I start and not to go back until after I finished

      6 days ago

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