Depending on your condition and the decisions made, after diagnosis (which we recommend you read first), about the most suitable treatment you may be faced with a range of different treatments, including surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy or a range of various other treatment options. While you will be supported through all stages of your treatment by the professionals involved, it is still highly desirable that you understand all aspects of your treatment. It helps you to engage with and not be intimidated by the experience.

Understanding the treatment(s) you are undergoing also helps you to have realistic expectations in the short and long term. Not only does this avoid frustrations arising from unrealistic expectations, it also helps you and your aftercare team to be aware of potential early warning signs when things do not go exactly according to plan.

Your overall treatment plan, especially after major surgery and/or radiotherapy, may include restorative dentistry as the final treatment stage. Your restorative dentistry consultant and their team will have been involved with your treatment planning from the start. If after lengthy periods of treatment you may be a bit tired of even more interventions, do carry on – it is worth it to have function and your smile restored as well as possible. It also gives closure after what may have been a stressful and tough period in your life.