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Oral cancer is much more deadly than neck, brain and skin cancer. If it is diagnosed early, it is one of the easiest diseases to treat. Do not neglect your dental checks.

What are the side effects of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy in the mouth?

Applying such treatments, especially to the head and neck area, can have very serious consequences. In addition, this treatment can damage not only cancer cells, but also your own healthy cells (including intraoral tissues). The side effects observed in both forms of treatment are as follows:

Painful mouth and gums, ulcerations (wounds), burning sensation in your tongue, common caries, dry mouth, changes in taste, difficulty eating, talking and swallowing.

In addition, some people may develop infections that will lead to a delay in treatment.

A person diagnosed with cancer should see a dentist before starting treatment.

The dentist will conduct a general examination, take the necessary X-rays, and then identify all infections and caries that can cause problems.

The most common problem in people complaining of dry mouth is caries, which occurs due to a decrease in the flow of saliva. In this case, fluoridated mouth waters will be useful in eliminating this problem. It is useful to chew sugar-free chewing gum, as it will increase salivation.

Most often as a result of cancer treatment, the jaw can be held and the patient can not open his mouth too much. To prevent this, exercise should be done three times a day. It will be enough to repeat this movement 20 times, opening and closing the mouth so much that it does not cause pain. It will be best to warm up this area with a warm, damp towel before performing the exercise or to repeat the procedure during a hot shower.

Another effective recommendation is to gently brush your teeth, gums, and tongue with a soft brush moistened in warm water.

Use dental floss every day, in taking care to keep bleeding areas clean:

Avoid using toothpicks, tobacco products and alcohol. Do not use mouthwash containing alcohol.

Instead, mix the baking soda and salt with water and gargle (1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, a glass of hot water). Be sure to consult your doctor and our dentist.


Who is at risk of oral cancer?

Oral cancer is much more deadly than cancer of the neck, brain, ovaries and skin.

Although the death rate has decreased in many types of cancer in recent studies, it seems that this rate has increased in oral cancers.

We already knew that early detection methods such as pap smear tests, PSA tests, and mammography were useful in reducing the rates of uterine, prostate, and breast cancers. Since it was found out that oral cancers are one of the easiest diseases to treat if diagnosed early; it has become quite important for your dentist to see you regularly, to carefully monitor the problems in your mouth. If the lesions that are likely to turn into cancer or oral cancer are caught at an early stage, the treatment is much easier, its spread can be prevented, and the success rate is more than 82 percent.

What are the symptoms of oral cancer?

There are two types of lesions that are suspected of cancer or are likely to turn into cancer: white lesions (leukopylakies) and red lesions (erythroplakies). Red lesions are much less common, but they have a much greater risk of developing into cancer.

If the red or white lesion does not go away on its own within two weeks, it should be re-evaluated and a biopsy should be taken for a definitive diagnosis.

Other symptoms of oral cancers are as follows:

Difficulty chewing or swallowing

Numbness of the tongue

Hoarseness of voice

Pain in the ear

Difficulty in tongue or jaw movements

If any of these symptoms appear for more than two weeks, an examination and necessary laboratory tests should be performed.


Panoramic radiographs are often used in today’s dentistry for a more accurate diagnosis and treatment planning.

However, in cases where 3-D examinations are required, 2-D panoramic radiographs are insufficient.

3D dental tomography images taken using a conical beam of rays offer great advantages, especially in the rapid planning of surgical interventions such as implant applications.

If a measurement with exact values is required, it is recommended to use templates with a material on which a measurement reference can be obtained (in the form of a ball or a stick) when SA a CT image (in the form of a ball or stick).

Among the conditions that can be examined in our patients in  this method are the following:

1- Treatment planning before all surgical applications on teeth, jaws and face

2- Preparation of a surgical template for implant placement

3- Examination of anatomical structures

4- Examination of bone quality and density

5- Examination of jawbone contours

6- Examination of the jaw joint

7- Examination of root tip region and canal fillings in canal treatments

8- 3D analysis of the position of embedded teeth in the bone

9- Examination of pathological formations such as cysts and tumors

10- Examination of root fractures

11- Planning and follow-up of bone addition applications

12- The navigated implant is used to transfer information to the navigation device prior to application.


Dental tomography is one of the radiological diagnostic methods of bone and soft tissue by sending 3-D imaging of X-rays to the desired area. 2-dimensional panoramic dental imaging devices are successful only in imaging bone and dental tissue, while 3-dimensional tomography devices provide an advantage because they can also image soft tissues. The images obtained thanks to the sent rays consist of sections and allow field scanning thanks to thousands of sections two in 10 of a millimeter thick. The received sections help to reach the final images thanks to advanced computer software. These sections, which give high diagnostic detail and measurement accuracy, are a guide in treatment.


3D imaging is the most advanced method used for diagnosis. Since one-to-one bone measurements can be made with the obtained images, the success of the treatment increases. The stages of treatment are accelerated and complications are eliminated.

In which areas can you benefit from this system?

Ability to display areas that cannot be displayed on one or all dental films

Detailed diagnosis can be made with the sections determined from the image taken

High-resolution data can be collected for implant planning and surgical guidance preparation

Pre-treatment planning such as soft tissue detection, bone density measurement, distance to nerve measurement can be done

Such as buried teeth, cracks, abnormal number of channels, cyst spread can be detected.


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Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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