10 doctors weighed in:

Does radiation therapy cause dental problems?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Only radiation given directly through and to the teeth can cause this damage.
Or radiation to salivary glands that dry the mouth cause teeth to decay as well. Otherwise radiation not in these area does not cause teeth problems.

In brief: Yes

Only radiation given directly through and to the teeth can cause this damage.
Or radiation to salivary glands that dry the mouth cause teeth to decay as well. Otherwise radiation not in these area does not cause teeth problems.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Absolutely, if

If the radiation is directed at the oral cavity area and no shield is in place, then many things can happen.
Osteoradionecrosis with certain dental procedures, dry mouth from the effects on the salivary glands, severe decay at the base of the teeth from the dry mouth are all possibilities. Important to know how much, over how long a period, total amount , and specific areas irradiated. Good Luck.

In brief: Absolutely, if

If the radiation is directed at the oral cavity area and no shield is in place, then many things can happen.
Osteoradionecrosis with certain dental procedures, dry mouth from the effects on the salivary glands, severe decay at the base of the teeth from the dry mouth are all possibilities. Important to know how much, over how long a period, total amount , and specific areas irradiated. Good Luck.
Dr. John Thaler
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. Arman Dayan
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Radiation therapy can cause reduction of saliva that can cause increased decay as saliva buffers the bacterial acids.
Fluoride treatments at home are very helpful in preventing this type of decay.

In brief: Yes

Radiation therapy can cause reduction of saliva that can cause increased decay as saliva buffers the bacterial acids.
Fluoride treatments at home are very helpful in preventing this type of decay.
Dr. Arman Dayan
Dr. Arman Dayan
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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Radiation therapy for head and neck cancers often decreases salivary function.
Saliva is protective of teeth. Use of floride trays, good dental care and newer ways of giving radiation (imrt) can help decrease risk of dental problems.

In brief: Yes

Radiation therapy for head and neck cancers often decreases salivary function.
Saliva is protective of teeth. Use of floride trays, good dental care and newer ways of giving radiation (imrt) can help decrease risk of dental problems.
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Dr. Reza Shirazi
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: Definitely, yes

The radiation can cause: dry mouth, cavities, loss of or change in sense of taste, painful mouth and gums.
It is recommended to see your dentist soon after you are done with treatment. Take care.

In brief: Definitely, yes

The radiation can cause: dry mouth, cavities, loss of or change in sense of taste, painful mouth and gums.
It is recommended to see your dentist soon after you are done with treatment. Take care.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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In brief: It can

based on what is being radiated the treatment can actually burn the roots resulting in their eventual loss

In brief: It can

based on what is being radiated the treatment can actually burn the roots resulting in their eventual loss
Dr. Charles Lockhart
Dr. Charles Lockhart
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