Even today oncologists treat, most of the cancers that affect the jaw. These oncologists have no dental background! Oral or mouth cancer can be successfully cured, but the quality of life may be affected due to various factors. One such reason could be the inability to chew food due to the removal of the jaw.
Know about cancer affected jaw can help you fight back with diet, lifestyle and general wellness.
Another term for facial aesthetics, the loss of which has a profound psychological impact. more about how cancer affects jaw teeth! Early detection of oral cancer can be frightening, but early detection is the key to a better diagnosis. Oral cancer can develop anywhere inside your mouth, especially in the jaw regions. Read on to learn more about how cancer affected jaw teeth!
What is mouth cancer of the jaw teeth?
Jaw teeth is primary used for holding food which is consumed by chewing it. For this function, the bone of jaws protected by protective enamel that develops layer by layer as we age. Hence, this makes teeth look beautiful and not rough, have a bright enamel or even white.
However, cancer can attack the protective shield of an enamel and if it does; it could also affect the formation of the new enamel. However, a tooth, which is healthy, at any time might appear to affected by cancer. With advancements in technology the cancer affected jaw treated by an oncologist in conjunction with the dentist. In addition, the dental experts use good knowledge of CAD-CAM and SAPTeeth Technology along with use of 3D-printers. This aids in giving teeth immediately after the cancer surgery performed, with teeth restoration.
However this revolutionary concept coined as ‘CAJTeeth‘; introduced by Dr. Chirag; an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon in association with International Institute of Dental Research (IIDR).
Now get fixed teeth for a better quality of life!
Tobacco is the most common cause of mouth cancer. This includes chewing or smoking anything that contains tobacco. Cigarette smoking causes the most deadly type of oral cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma. The lining of the mouth is rich with bacteria which produce nicotine. Nicotine irritates the mouth and leads to formation of small amount of cancer cells. However, Cigarette smoking contains harmful chemicals like arsenic, which are carcinogenic and can destroy good cells in the mouth.
Early detection of oral cancer
✪ Feelings of soreness, pain and changes to one’s teeth
✭ Loss of smell and/or taste
✪ Blurry vision
✭ Difficulty chewing or dry mouth
✪ Some mouth movements less smooth, more distorted or asymmetrical
✭ Excessive thirst or frequent urination
✪ Above All, digestive problems such as bloating or stomach pain
Aim is to not to Fight Cancer, Aim is to ‘Reconstruct what lost’.
Rehabilitation in patients with facial defects requires a multidisciplinary approach involving a head and neck surgeon, a maxillofacial prosthodontist and a reconstructive surgeon.
In addition, Extra-oral prosthetic rehabilitation and complements reconstructive surgery in patients with facial defects
Rehabilitation of facial defects is generally required in patients who have undergone tumor ablative surgery for head and neck cancers as well as in a few trauma patients. A multidisciplinary approach is required in the care of these patients .
In most of the cases of head and neck surgery, planning and preparation for rehabilitation is done prior to the surgery using a coordinated approach. Patients may develop severe facial defects as a consequence of trauma, cancer surgery or congenital disorders.
Craniofacial prosthesis to restore tissue loss in the eye, ear, nose and at multiple sites developed over the years to improve the individual’s quality of life and disguise the aesthetic problems created post surgery. These craniofacial prostheses retained either with skin adhesives or mechanically with extraoral implants.
CBCT Technology for Cancer Teeth
With advent of advanced imaging like Cone Beam Computerised Technology (CBCT); a 3D-scan of your cancer affected jaw now printed with a 3D printer. With this accurate mouth surgery and replacement of teeth planning is now possible within few hours. A customised, surgical plan prepared in biocompatible materials and implanted in the patient for accurate results.
The SAPT Technology enables you get the teeth immediately with a higher success rate. Earlier you would lose your cancer affected jaw and also face difficulty in eating and quality of life. Now you may have an acceptable solution for replacement of your cancer affected jaw and teeth with this revolutionary CAJT technology. Procedures like cancer, microvascular, reconstruction, maxillofacial prosthesis, and implants customised to suite an individuals need. Therefore, the goal of treating head and neck cancer is not just to remove the cancer, but to remove it in the most effective and aesthetic way.
Steps oncologists believe for CAJTeeth process
First day: Screening/ Consulting
Second Day: Additional Investigations
Third day: Re-consultation
Fourth Day:Treatment begins
Fifth day: Quality of Life restored
Furthermore, Cancer affected individuals hindered by the status of their health, comfort, happiness and pain. Hence, with the use of more effective drugs; pain can now taken care of quite effectively. Long term pain management strategy employed for cancer survivors.
Nutrition, diet, and exercise play an important role in the overall health of the cancer survivor. With regular follow-ups and proper diet and exercise; a cancer survivor may not only improve their life but also be an inspiration to others.
Fixed Teeth with or without bone grafting
Firstly, bone grafting and/or bone augmentation is a surgical procedure that tries to replace and/or regenerate the missing or lost alveolar bone in a patient. This procedure utilizes material from the patient’s own body, a synthetic/artificial substitute, or natural bone substitute. Provided that there is adequate space for the needed bone growth, the body’s bone tissue has the capacity to regenerate the lost alveolar bone.
Secondly, Bone loss is a common consequence of loss of teeth and chronic periodontitis. The most common cause of bone loss tooth loss left unreplaced, especially multiple teeth.
Jawbone preserved through the pressure and stimulus of chewing. Hence, when that removed through tooth loss, the bone “resorbs” (reabsorbs) into the body. In the first year after tooth extraction 25% of bone lost, and this bone loss continues on.
Teeth for Cancer Affected Jaw Bone
Rehabilitation in patients with facial defects requires a multidisciplinary approach involving a head and neck surgeon, a maxillofacial prosthodontist and a reconstructive surgeon. Extra-oral prosthetic rehabilitation complements reconstructive surgery in patients with facial defects
Rehabilitation of facial defects requires patients to undergo tumour ablative surgery for head and neck cancer. Therefore, a multidisciplinary approach is required for the care of such patients. Evidently, in most of the cases, head and neck surgery planning, along with preparation for rehabilitation is done prior to the surgery using a coordinated approach.
Patients may develop severe facial defects as a consequence of trauma, cancer surgery or congenital disorders. Craniofacial prostheses to restore tissue loss have been developed over the years to improve the individual’s quality of life and disguise the aesthetic problems that can come post-surgery. In conclusion, knowing about oral cancer can be frightening but early detection is key to a better diagnosis. Oral cancer can develop anywhere inside your mouth and especially in the jaw region.