radiation and dental work

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radiation and dental work

by rick51 on Mon Sep 27, 2010 03:31 PM

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So, 2.5 years out and still cancer free from scc, left tonsil. But now I need two crowns put on. DDS says unrelated to radiation, anyway. I've heard horror stories about people that have had dental work after having radiation.

 

Any feedabck?

 

Thanks,

Rick

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by Delnative on Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:55 AM

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I broke a molar about a year out of treatment. I wouldn't blame it on radiation -- that tooth was about 90 percent old amalgam filling anyway, and there just wasn't enough tooth to hold it all together. I had a crown put on and it was no different than the crowns I had before treatment.

FWIW, I had my dental checkup today and everything is fine.

"Look, Ma -- no cavities!"

--Jim in Delaware

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by bootsy on Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:28 PM

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I am just a year out from having nasopharyngeal carcinoma.  I am having jaw pain and lack of movement.  my ENT referred me to a dentist.  The dentist made me a night guard for $600.00.  My idental nsurance denied the claim.  My medical only covered as out of network which has a $500.00 deductable an only pay 80%.  I now have to go to an orthodontist.  You are not alone.  Your dental should pay for some of your crown.

Paula

RE: radiation and dental work

by peglady on Mon Oct 04, 2010 07:54 PM

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On Sep 27, 2010 3:31 PM rick51 wrote:

So, 2.5 years out and still cancer free from scc, left tonsil. But now I need two crowns put on. DDS says unrelated to radiation, anyway. I've heard horror stories about people that have had dental work after having radiation.

 

Any feedabck?

 

Thanks,

Rick

I had cancer of the right tonsil in 1997. DDS pulled teeth on both sides at the bottom, that left me just 6 in the front, which now are beginning to bother me some. I went a few years ago about having them pulled and get a bottom plate.

DDS told me it would not be wise because of the radiation to each side, if the dentures rubbed a sore on the gum and that sore got infective I could end up losing the jawbone.

Please ask DDS if any of the above could happen?

Hope this helps whatever you decide I wish you the best.

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