Dental Oncology & Maxillofacial Prosthetics Clinic Area


Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm​


Phone: 416 946 2198​

What We Do

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The Dental Oncology and Maxillofacial Prosthetics Clinic offers a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic dental and facial prosthetic services. These specialized services are for people with all types of cancer. When time permits, we may see pre-cardiac surgery patients, pre-lung and liver transplant patients and some patients confined to ICU.

Please note: Most dental procedures are not covered by OHIP.

How to Get Referred

PLEASE NOTE: Most dental procedures are not covered by OHIP. The clinic accepts payment at the time treatment is provided by cash, cheque, credit card. Our staff will assist you in completing dental insurance, Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and social assistance dental forms.

Internal Referral Process

You need a referral from your Princess Margaret Cancer Centre doctor to become a patient at the Dental Oncology and Maxillofacial Prosthetics Clinic.

When making a referral*, your doctor will include:

In almost all cases we will take our own X-rays based on our clinical needs.

*Referrals to the High-Risk Oral Lesion (HROL) Clinic require a different referral form and can be accepted from non-UHN doctors. Visit the HROL Clinic website for the HROL referral form and instructions.

Note: UHN referrals that are NOT Princess Margaret Cancer Centre patients are NOT routinely seen. Non-Princess Margaret patients can be seen in exceptional circumstances, on a case by case basis, if clinic time permits. Please have your doctor complete an external referral form. The form and request will then be evaluated by the department head.

How Long Does a Referral Take?

Once your physician completes and faxes the referral form it will be reviewed for acceptance within 1 business day. You will receive a phone call once the referral form has been accepted.

Please note: If you are a patient, you will need an appointment booking to be seen at the clinic. The clinic does not take walk-ins.

Referral Information for Physicians

For complete referral instructions, read the guide for referring physicians.​

What to Expect

​​Many patients are surprised to learn that they may need to obtain clearance from the Princess Margaret Dental Oncology team prior to obtaining treatment for their disease within UHN. If you have poor dental health, your cancer or other crucial medical treatment could be delayed or compromised. If you have recently seen your own general dentist in the community, you will still need to be seen within our clinic if advised by your primary UHN physician.

We work closely with the other members of your cancer care team to coordinate your dental appointments at our clinic with your other hospital visits and treatment appointments.​

We treat our patients with care and respect, and understand that

Please note: Most dental procedures are not covered by OHIP. ​

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          Dental Assessments & Treatments

          ​Dental assessment and treatments are available for all cancer patients. You may need a dental assessment and treatment if you:

          • Will be receiving radiation therapy to your head or neck
          • Need prosthetic care before or after head or neck surgery 
          • Receive treatment that weakens your immune system and increases your risk of infection. (Infections in your mouth from bad teeth or gums can lead to serious problems if not treated before cancer treatment)
          • Are taking bisphosphonate medications (for example, pamidronate, Xgeva or Zometa) as part of your cancer care 
          • Will have autologous or allogeneic peripheral stem cell transplant or bone marrow transplant

          Read more on the ​Dental Oncology & Maxillofacial Prosthetics website »

          Please note: Most dental procedures are​​ not covered by OHIP.


          Preventive Oral Care

          We can customize a personal preventive oral care plan for you. First, we do what's necessary to make sure your mouth is healthy before your cancer treatment. We then help you maintain your dental health during and after treatment following your personalized plan.

          Dental Implants

          Dental implants (artificial tooth roots inserted into your jawbone) must be used with caution in people with cancer. If you need an implant, we will work closely with your oncologist to plan, place and attach the new tooth.

          Facial Prosthetic Rehabilitation

          Facial prosthetic rehabilitation includes intra-oral prostheses, surgical healing splints and facial prostheses. These are made on-site to help restore the form and function of the face, mouth, nose and ears.

          We also treat patients referred to us by cardiac, hepatic and organ-transplant programs and by advanced medicine and surgery programs.

          Suspicious Lesion Mouth Screening

          At the Mouth Screening and High-Risk Oral Lesion (HROL) clinics, an oral pathologist looks inside your mouth and checks any suspicious lesions, such as ulcers, lumps, bumps, red patches or white patches.

          Some oral conditions can be diagnosed by how they look. Sometimes the pathologist will have to take a small sample of tissue from the lesion. This is called a biopsy. The tissue sample is examined under a microscope to determine what it is.

          Follow-Up Dental Care and Returning to Your Family Dentist

          We offer follow-up dental care after your cancer treatments are finished. Later, you can return to your family dentist for ongoing dental care and check-ups. We will tell you when you can return to the care of your family dentist.

          Your family dentist plays an important part in your dental care after cancer treatment. You and your dentist should:

          • Schedule dental exams and cleaning more often
          • Use dental x-rays to look for infections that can’t be seen by the naked eye
          • Address problems when they are small​

          The Team

          ​​​​Treating and caring for people with cancer requires a coordinated effort. Your team at the Dental Oncology and Maxillofacial Prosthetics Clinic includes world-class dental professionals working for you and with you. Your team includes specialists in oral pathology, oral medicine, prosthodontics, oral radiology, periodontics, endodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery. 

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          Last reviewed: 5/22/2023
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