Dental Oncology

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Dental Oncology

Dentistry for Patients Fighting Cancer

A diagnosis of cancer is a powerful, life-changing experience, one filled with seemingly endless visits to doctors, treatment plans, and a long battle to regain control of your health.

The good news is more cancer patients are surviving than ever before. As great as that is, it also creates new challenges for the medical – and dental – community to treat the many short and long-term side effects of cancer treatment, as well as provide adequate and appropriate aftercare.

Great Hill Dental offers state-of-the-art specialized dental care for patients who are fighting cancer. If you, or someone you know, has cancer, please call us for more information. We look forward to helping make the journey less burdensome .

Meet Dr. Ryan Lee

Dr. Ryan S. Lee, DDS, MPH, MHA provides customized dental and oral care for cancer patients before, during, and after treatment (e.g., chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and stem cell/bone marrow transplants). He is passionate about the unique needs of this special patient population. You can read more about Dr. Lee by reviewing his biography and history.

What is Dental Oncology?

Dental oncology is highly specialized dental care, including management of the soft tissues of the mouth and for oral side effects specific to cancer therapies. The dental oncologist is dedicated to promoting the overall health and the well-being of the patient for each stage of the fight against cancer.

A dental oncologist will communicate with your medical oncologist, working as a team to make certain your oral care is effectively managed, with a focus on prevention. If treatment is necessary, your dental oncologist is trained to provide safe, effective treatment with an understanding of the unique concerns a cancer patient may have when receiving oral care.

Why Dental Oncology?

Because most dental oncology patients don’t have oral cancers; many have breast, prostate lung, GI and other common cancers that have dental and oral implications. Most types of cancer can present with a host of cancer-related dental problems, including radiation-induced oral complications (xerostomia, osteoradionecrosis, bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw) chemotherapy-related manifestations, oral (pre)cancerous lesions, and surgically resected jaws.

Many dentists refuse to treat cancer patients with these conditions due to the increased risk of complications that can occur for patients undergoing various cancer treatments. The specialized care provided by a dental oncologist minimizes the risks, while providing the treatment needed.

When to see a Dental Oncologist?

If possible, your dental oncologist should see the patient before cancer treatment begins. Understanding the overall condition of the mouth and soft tissues can help in formulating an effective plan to manage care during cancer treatment.

If treatment has already begun, it is still important to see a dental oncologist as soon as possible, for assessing the current state of oral health and providing treatment if necessary, minimizing future risk of complication.

Treatment Options

We are deeply committed to addressing the unique oral and dental needs of patients tackling various types of cancers: breast, colon, GI, head/neck, kidney, lung, oral, prostate, and thyroid cancers, as well as leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood tumors.

We care for patients before, during, and after cancer therapy. This includes chemotherapy, radiation treatment, surgery, and various types of bone-marrow and stem-cell transplants.

It is important that you visit us for a consultation as soon as a cancer diagnosis is made.

  • Pre-cancer treatment Screening & Preparation
  • Dry mouth, Xerostomia, and Salivary Dysfunction
  • Mouth Sores and Oral / Mucosal Infections & Lesions
  • Ostenecrosis (Radiation or Bisphosphonate-related)
  • Oral graft-versus-host disease (GvHD)
  • Trismus / Fibrosis / Limited opening
  • Orofacial Pain and TMJ disorders
  • Pediatric / Developmental Abnormalities

Our team specializes in the prevention, management, and treatment of dental and oral side effects.

Where are you in your Cancer Journey?



(617) 713-3701


1610 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02120, United States


Monday: 7:30am – 7:00pm
Tuesday: 7:30am – 7:00pm
Wednesday: 7:30am – 7:00pm
Thursday: 7:30am – 7:00pm
Friday: 7:30am – 4:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 4:00pm

At Great Hill Dental Partners, our goal is to provide you with the experience and quality of care that we would want for our own families.


We’re open evenings and weekends to accommodate your busy life. Call or request online.


We know oral health is directly related to your overall health and we provide the best in overall health care for our patients.


We offer a full range of general, cosmetic, and specialty services under one roof.

Insurance & Financing

We accept most dental insurances (note: at this time, we do not accept Mass. Health), as well as provide a number of easy-payment options to help make your care affordable. PLUS, since Great Hill Dental offers “one stop dentistry”, you can manage your costs through just one billing location, regardless of whatever treatment you may require.

In-Network Dental Plans

  • Delta Dental of Mass: Premier and PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Dental Blue: Indemnity and PPO
  • Altus: All
  • Cigna: PPO
  • Aetna: PPO/DHA
  • Assurant: PPO/DHA
  • United Concordia: PPO/DHA
  • Principal: All
  • Ameritas: PPO
  • Metlife
  • Guardian

Essential Dental Plan

Essential Dental Plan allows you to have the dental care you need at the savings you can afford. Get instant access to savings on all dental services plus free exams and X-rays. Choose individual, two-individual, or family coverage and enjoy peace of mind knowing you can maintain your oral health.

Care Credit

Care Credit is a third party healthcare credit card that helps finance healthcare related costs. Care Credit extends special financing options that you can’t get when using your Visa or MasterCard. Whether you use your healthcare credit card to cover your deductible, or to pay for treatments and procedures not covered by insurance, CareCredit helps make them possible today.

Other Payment Options

We also accept most Major Credit Cards, including Visa, MasterCard, and Discover, as well as CareCredit low interest financing, and checks.

New Patients are Always Welcome at our Practice!

Please feel free to call us or email us if you have any questions or wish to book an appointment.

Great Hill Dental Boston

(617) 404-1516

1610 Tremont St. Boston
One Brigham Circle on the Green E Line
Boston, MA 02120


Monday: 7:30am – 7:00pm
Tuesday: 7:30am – 7:00pm
Wednesday: 7:30am – 7:00pm
Thursday: 7:30am – 7:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday: Closed