Aesthetic management of tooth discolouration: conservative treatment for a patient with undifferentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma

  • Ana Carolina Scarpelli Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Cristiane Baccin Bendo Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • João Batista Novaes-Júnior Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Ivan Doche Barreiros Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Saul Martins Paiva Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Keywords: nasopharyngeal neoplasms, tooth discoloration, tooth bleaching, quality of life

Abstract

Purpose: Dental aesthetics has considerable impact in our beauty-conscious society. The darkening of the anterior teeth causes concern for adolescents due to the compromised physical appearance. This article presents a clinical case of tooth staining in an individual who had undergone radiotherapy/chemotherapy for an undifferentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Case description: A 14-year-old boy presented to the dental clinic complaining of pain and staining of the maxillary and mandibular incisors, canines and premolars after having undergone radiotherapy/chemotherapy and stated his desire to remove the dark stains from the surface of the teeth due to his compromised oral aesthetics. Tooth whitening was performed with hydrogen peroxide, followed by micro-abrasion. At a two-year follow-up visit, clinical success was observed and the child was very satisfied. Conclusion: The adoption of such methods provided efficient alternatives for the re-establishment of a healthy smile, thereby returning pleasing facial aesthetics to the patient. The minimization of distress is nearly always the focus of clinical efforts at promoting psychological health in cancer survivors.

Author Biographies

Ana Carolina Scarpelli, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Belo Horizonte, MG
Cristiane Baccin Bendo, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Belo Horizonte, MG
João Batista Novaes-Júnior, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Belo Horizonte, MG
Ivan Doche Barreiros, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Belo Horizonte, MG
Saul Martins Paiva, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Belo Horizonte, MG
Published
2010-11-22
Section
Case Report