Our Department of Dental & Maxillofacial Services provides a full menu of services to address the special needs of cancer patients before, during, and after treatment. These include dental care and screening as well as the creation and fitting of prosthetics for patients who need them.
Dental Care & Screening
Dental health can be affected by cancer treatments and by the disease itself. Our Dental team will monitor your oral health before, during, and after treatment to keep you healthy. We provide a full menu of general dental services, including cleaning and restoration, and will make sure your appointments take place at appropriate times in your treatment schedule.
We also offer an Early Oral Cancer Detection and Diagnosis Screening Program for eligible patients, using advanced autofluorescent visualization (AFV) technology to identify abnormal tissues in the mouth at an early stage, when they can be treated more easily. For more information, call 716-845- 5972.
After treatment, patients with head & neck cancers may need prosthetics—artificial replacements, either inside or outside the mouth, for areas that were surgically removed. Prosthetics can be cosmetic (to improve the way you look) or functional (to restore your ability to speak or swallow, for example).
Roswell Park’s Maxillofacial Prosthetics team will evaluate your needs before treatment, create and custom-fit your prostheses, and work closely with your surgeons to ensure that your physical appearance and abilities will remain as close as possible to the way they were before treatment.