Research Article| Volume 110, ISSUE 4, P592-594, October 1965

The function of the dental specialist in the treatment of cancer of the head and neck

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      A specially trained dentist should be included with other medical and surgical specialists as a member of the head and neck team. A pretreatment consultation should be arranged on all intraoral and facial procedures to allow the dentist to obtain necessary information and prepare prosthetic devices to be inserted at surgery. Early postsurgical treatment by the dentist will speed a patient's recovery and prevent problems that may be difficult or impossible to correct later. Maxillofacial prosthetics is capable of restoring most resected maxillae but has definite limitations in restoring some resected mandibles and facial defects. The prosthetic prognosis should not limit or control surgical procedures, but the surgeon should be aware of the prosthodontis's requirements and both the technical and psychologic problems he must overcome and be willing to cooperate closely with him. The dental profession is assisting in the early diagnosis of cancer and is increasing its facilities for the training of maxillofacial prosthodontists. It is also conducting clinical research in technics and materials.
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