The need for clinical awareness following dental extraction if there is no rapid resolution of the symptoms should be emphasized.Strategies to undertake oral health programs for the prevention, early diagnosis, and management as well as follow up of oral cancer are essential.
To assess the prevalence of dental extraction in patients with carcinoma of alveolus and gingiva in maxilla and mandible.
1) To assess oral hygiene status and duration of unhealed extraction wound for early detection of malignancy.
2) To find association of habits with oral cancer.
3) To identify the need for clinical awareness following dental extraction.
All patients diagnosed with oral cancer will be screened. The records will be reviewed for age, gender, occupation, medical history, reasons for dental extraction, nature of extraction, time interval between tooth extraction & doubt of any major problem, Post extraction signs & symptoms, habits, investigations prior to extraction, treatment done for post extraction problem, biopsy report, oral hygiene status, tumor site, TNM classification, and tumor stage will be recorded. Tumor sites, TNM classification in accordance with the UICC and treatment details will also be recorded.
Each patient will be evaluated for history of tooth extraction and later occurrence of tumor at the extraction site with variation in the histology of the tumor.
Results: After statistical analysis results will be presented.
If there is no resolution of symptoms within four weeks, biopsy of the tooth socket should be performed. It will help to decrease the morbidity by early diagnosis and prevention of oral cancer