In conclusion, the normal physiologic functions of the oral cavity are almost always affected in some way by the treatment of oral cavity carcinomas. Given the heterogeneity of these lesions, and the variable health of the patents affected, consistently accurate predictions of impairment can be difficult. However, with thorough pre-treatment counseling, thoughtful use of reconstructive options, and early and continued post-treatment rehabilitation, we can minimize the functional morbidities experienced by our patients.

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