Late Effects of Pediatric Cancer Therapy-Dental Effects
Patients & Caregivers
Some cancer therapies may have a long-term impact on growth and development and should be recognized when caring for pediatric patients. Teeth develop in phases and those who have gotten radiation therapy at different times and in different amounts may have no normal symptoms. Missing teeth and short or missing tooth roots, while not common, may still occur.
Caregivers who bring children who’ve received cancer care to a pediatric dentist benefit from updates on growth and development through close monitoring
Pediatric dentists may provide a referral to a general dentist or prosthodontist who can assess for future dental rehabilitation needs
Dentists and prosthodontists who write a letter to both the dental and medical insurers can create awareness of potential future complex needs.
For more information about the late effects of pediatric cancer therapy and oral health, see these resources:
Late Effects for Treatment for Childhood Cancer - National Cancer Institute
Prosthodontic management of abnormal tooth development secondary to chemoradiotherapy: a clinical report - Samuel R Zwetchkenbaum, Won-suck Oh
Dental Health - Children’s Oncology Group
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