Understanding the impact of radiated fields when placing implants in survivors of head and neck cancer, may assist with treatment planning with these patients. A recent study sup>1, analyzed the long-term success and factors potentially influencing the success of dental implants placed in patients with head and neck cancer who underwent radiation therapy with a minimum total dose of 50Gy during the years 1995-2010.
The authors conclude that:
Osseointegrated dental implants can be used successfully in the oral rehabilitation of patients with head and neck cancer with a history of radiation therapy. Risk factors such as sex and the mode of radiation therapy delivery can affect implant survival.Read More
Have you had any clinical experience in placing implants in patients who have undergone head and neck radiation therapy?
1.Long-term success of dental implants in patients with head and neck cancer after radiation therapy.. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2018 Jun;47(6):783-788. Curi MM et. al.