Dental Implants After Oral Cancer Treatment
Head-and-neck cancer is the most common cancer worldwide with an estimated global incidence of
500,000 new cases annually. The term “oral cancer” is used to define any cancer that develops in tissues
of the mouth or the throat area at the back of the mouth. Patients with oral cancer are generally treated
with a combination of radiotherapy and ablative surgery. After radical cancer surgery, the oral
rehabilitation of a patient is a demanding procedure. For patients who’ve suffered from oral cancer, dental
implants are usually the best tooth replacement option in terms of mastication, esthetics, and speech
function. Dr. Farahmand is the go-to dentist for dental implants in Arcadia.
What is Oral Cancer?
Oral cancers are part of a group of cancers referred to by doctors as head and neck cancers. This includes
cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and pharynx. If not
diagnosed early, oral cancer can be life threatening. Oral cancer tends to appear as a growth or sore in
the mouth that does not go away.
Dental Restoration Options
Both dental implants and bone augmentation have advanced the dental prosthetic rehabilitation and
tooth restoration following oral cancer surgery. The following dental techniques produce high-quality
results for dental reconstruction, providing patients with aesthetically pleasing and high-functioning
Bone augmentation is a process used in dental surgery to replace or rebuild bone previously removed
from the jaw during cancer surgery. Surgeons use bone from another part of the patient’s body, purified
animal bone, or synthetically crafted bone to replace the lost bone.
After restoring the jawbone through bone augmentation, dental implants are placed to restore the
physical appearance and function of the mouth. In dental implants, small screws take the place of the root
of a tooth. Instead of resting on the gum line like dentu