The oral rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patients is a vital and pivotal part of their care pathway, helping to restore function, aesthetics and improve patient well-being and quality of life. Patient-reported outcome data demonstrates that such patients consider that many of their continued and unmet needs relate to their oral and dental rehabilitation. It is therefore incumbent on all dental team members to be aware of the entire spectrum of restorative management options that can be utilised in both the prevention and rehabilitation of this patient cohort. The literature highlights that maxillary and mid-face tumours are challenging, as patients often suffer both profound functional and aesthetic consequences with significant physiological and psychological impact. Conversely, mandibular and floor of mouth tumours often result in issues primarily affecting oral function. This paper will summarise commonly encountered functional and aesthetic issues facing the restorative dental team and highlight widespread preventive challenges.
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