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Can a Periodontist Help You Manage Gum Cancer?

Posted on 5/1/2024 by Janie Scholes
Oral Cancer RibbonGum cancer is a severe condition that impacts the gingival tissue, resulting in malignant tumors and lesions. It can develop as a result of advanced periodontitis or gum disease. Early diagnosis and treatment can inhibit the disease from spreading, leading to improved survival rates and quality of life. A periodontist can have a supportive role in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of gum cancer.

Causes of Gum Cancer

The causes of gum or oral cancer vary. Primary risk factors include excessive alcohol and tobacco use. Other possible causes include poor dental hygiene, HPV infections, poor nutrition, and genetic syndromes. A compromised immune system caused by ailments or conditions like HIV and autoimmune diseases can also increase the risk of developing gum cancer.

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Cancer

One of the first signs of gum cancer is a malignant tumor or lesion that does not heal. Other symptoms include white or red patches on the gums, loose teeth, and gum inflammation. Bleeding gums, a lump in the neck, and unexplained weight loss are other signs of gum cancer. A periodontist can help differentiate whether these symptoms are associated with gum cancer or advanced periodontal disease.

Treatment Options for Gum Cancer

A proper diagnosis is critical to determine the appropriate treatment for gum cancer. A periodontist will perform various examinations, including dental X-rays, biopsies, scans, and endoscopies, to determine the presence of cancerous cells. After a comprehensive diagnosis, the periodontist may recommend various solutions, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Other treatment options include palliative care, immunotherapy, and targeted drug therapy.

How a Periodontist Can Help Manage Gum Cancer

Periodontists are not the primary healthcare providers for treating gum cancer. However, they have a supportive role in managing the disease. They can help by providing pre-treatment diagnosis and preventive care. They also offer post-rehabilitation treatment and supportive care.

Contact Our Practice Today

Periodontists work with oncologists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons to help individuals diagnosed with gum cancer treat and manage the disease. We offer various treatment options to help you manage your condition. Contact our practice today for assistance and to book an appointment with our specialists.
Scholes Periodontics & Implants in Chandler, AZ
Scholes Periodontics & Implants
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