Our Treatments

Zygomatic Implants

Seaforth Oral Surgery is proud to be the first ZAGA Center in Montreal.

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the ideal solution for severe maxillary atrophy

About Zygomatic Implants

Zygomatic implants are a specialized type of dental implant used in cases where there is severe bone loss in the upper jaw, particularly in the area of the maxillary sinus. Unlike traditional dental implants, which are placed directly into the jawbone, zygomatic implants are anchored in the zygomatic bone, also known as the cheekbone.

This approach avoids the need for bone grafting procedures in cases where there is insufficient bone volume for conventional implants. They thus offer a viable solution for individuals with significant bone loss who may not be candidates for traditional implants.

Members of the exclusive

Zygoma Zaga Centers

Why choose Zygomatic Implants?

Avoidance of bone grafting

Preservation of facial structure

Suitability for complex cases

Improved quality of life

Seaforth Oral Surgery is proud to be the first ZAGA Center in Montreal.

A Same-day Solution

These implants require the immediate delivery of new teeth on the same day as the implant surgery. This results in an immediate and functional transformation for patients.

Zaga Centers are experts in Zygomatic Implant Rehabilitation.

The placement of zygomatic implants requires specialized training and expertise due to the complexity of the procedure. The treatment takes place in highly competent centers internationally: the ZAGA Centers.
Members of the exclusive
Zygoma Zaga Centers

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Pre and Post-Surgery Instructions

Medication

  • Inform your oral and maxillofacial surgeon of any medications or natural products that you are taking.
  • If you have been prescribed antibiotics, you should take them according to the instructions.
  • Do not use aspirin or tablets containing aspirin during the week before your surgery, unless prescribed by your doctor for a specific medical condition.
  • For women who are using birth control pills and taking antibiotics, be advised to use an additional method of birth control as antibiotics lessen the effectiveness of oral contraceptives.
  • If your surgeon has asked you to take medication before your treatment, take it with a small quantity of water one hour before your appointment.
  • Do not take any other medications on the same day of your surgery without first consulting with your surgeon.

 

Clothing

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes. You want to make sure that you are comfortable.
  • For men and women: short sleeve shirts or blouses are preferred.

Immediately following surgery:

  • You may rest for 15 to 30 minutes while in the clinic before you are ready to return home.
  • If you have received intravenous sedation you must not drive for 12 to 24 hours afterwards.
  • You must have a responsible adult accompanying you and taking you home.
  • Please follow the instructions below regarding what to eat and how to care for your mouth after your treatment.

 

Medication

  • Antibiotics are not routinely given and their use is limited to particular situations.
  • Take your antibiotics and pain medication as prescribed. Please make sure to carefully follow the instructions given on the bottle.
  • Start your pain medication as soon as you return home before the numbness completely wears off and continue using on a regular basis for the first 48 to 72 hours.
  • Some pain medication will make you feel sleepy, so it is advised that you do not drive or operate machinery.

 

Head position

  • If possible, use an extra pillow to elevate your head for the first two nights after your surgery to help reduce swelling.

 

Bleeding

  • You can expect some bleeding 24 to 48 hours after your surgery.
  • We will supply you with cotton sponges that should be folded into quarters, placed on the bleeding area, and gently bitten down on, applying steady pressure for 20 minutes.
  • Refrain from spitting as this may promote bleeding.

 

Swelling

  • After surgery, there is often mild swelling of the face and at times, bruising of the skin. Be assured that this is a normal part of the recovery process.
  • Hold an ice pack to your face (30 minutes on and 30 minutes off) for the first 48 hours to reduce the swelling.
  • You can expect the swelling to be the greatest within 24 to 48 hours after surgery.
    Swelling can last for 7 to 10 days.
  • If the swelling disappears and then returns a few days later, please contact your surgeon immediately as this may be an indication of an infection.

 

Nutrition

  • Eat a light diet, including soft foods such as yogurt, soup, milk products and Jell-O for the first few days.
  • Progress to a normal diet as you are feeling more comfortable after 2-3 days.
  • Avoid hot food and do not use a straw as this may lead to bleeding.

 

Smoking

  • Please refrain from smoking, as it is known to diminish your capacity for healing by decreasing the blood supply to the surgical site.
  • Smoking may increase your risk for the development of an infection or implant failure.

 

Hygiene

  • Starting the day after surgery, a salt-water rinse (1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water) should be used after meals and before bedtime.
  • You may brush your teeth as usual but should AVOID the areas of your mouth that were treated.
  • You may be instructed to use a special mouthwash to keep the healing area clean.
  • Brushing a treated site within the first week of surgery may induce bleeding and discomfort.
  • Avoid commercial mouthwashes as they contain alcohol and can irritate the treated area.
  • Gentle tooth brushing of the teeth and surgical site can be resumed within 7-10 days after surgery using a soft bristle brush.

 

Stitches

  • Dissolving stitches: These are used for most operations. These normally begin to fall out 5 to 7 days after your treatment.
  • Non-dissolving sutures: In some cases, non-dissolving sutures are needed and these must be removed within 10 to 14 days after treatment.

 

Dentures or Prosthesis

  • It is important that you do not wear your old dentures or temporary prosthesis until your surgeon advises you to do so. They may also require adjustment.
  • If they are inserted too early this could interfere with the healing process.

 

Physical Activity

  • Normally, light physical activity (jogging, aerobic exercise) can be resumed 48 to 72 hours after your treatment.

 

Follow-up Appointments

  • A member of our team will set up an appointment within 7 to 14 days after your surgery for us to check on your healing process.

It is important to follow these precautions:

  • Since the medications given to you intravenously will still be in your system after the surgery, you may feel sleepy.
  • Please have a responsible adult accompany you to your appointment and drive you home after your surgery.
  • You should plan to rest for the remainder of the day, keeping your head elevated.
  • Change position slowly when trying to get up. You may experience dizziness if you try to get up abruptly from a sitting to a standing position.
  • You should not drive or operate machinery for 24 hours after your sedation.
  • You should not drink any alcoholic beverages for 24 hours after your sedation.
  • Increased swelling under the tongue or around the face and neck.
  • Continuous bleeding.
  • Jaw or mouth pain that does not stop after you take your pain medication.
  • Fever (greater than 38.5°C).
  • Presence of numbness after the anesthetic has worn off (lip, chin, tongue).

What to expect

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