A dental implant is the most effective and durable replacement for a missing tooth. However, in some cases, it’s necessary to prepare your mouth for a dental implant. Since the implant is metal inserted into the jaw, the patient needs to have firm enough bone tissues to accommodate the metal. If the bone is gone altogether, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will recommend adding a bone graft before implants.

Insufficient bone structure

Bones that support teeth are called alveolar bones. In the case of a broken tooth, the alveolar bone can be damaged or broken together with the tooth. Further, if your tooth was extracted, the alveolar bone beneath it will soon decay, since it doesn’t have a function anymore. The jawbone can also be too soft or not thick enough to hold the implant. In all these cases, your surgeon will suggest that he or she first add a bone graft and then move on with the dental implant procedure.

Different types of grafts

Not all bone grafts are the same. Depending on the condition of your gum and jaw, the surgeon can go for one of the following bone grafts.
If the alveolar bone under the missing tooth is still there, you’ll get a socket graft. It will preserve the alveolar bone and make it suitable for a dental implant.
Patients with more severe damage in the jawbone will need a block bone graft. It takes this name because surgeons take a small piece of bone from the root of your jaw and transplant it into the tooth socket. The block bone graft is then attached to the jawbone with titanium screws.
A lateral ridge preservation graft adds to the width of the jaw so that this structure becomes large enough for the dental implants.
If you’re a healthy person without any chronic health issues, all these bone grafts can be accepted from bones in your body.
For all these types of dental bone grafts, the healing period is between four and six months.

The bone grafting procedure

When the oral and maxillofacial surgeon opens your gum, he or she will screw the graft to your jaw. As in many other surgical procedures performed on a human body, they’ll use titanium screws. After the graft has been attached to your jaw, the surgeon will stitch up the incision, and you’ll go home. You won’t feel any pain during the surgery because you’ll to be sedated.
However, you may need to take some painkillers for the next day or two. Also, you’ll might get antibiotics to prevent infection.
After you get the bone graft, you must wait for the end of osseointegration, the process in which the living bone and the added structure grow together. This period isn’t the same for all patients that get a bone graft, especially if more than one graft has been installed.


If you don’t have enough natural bone structure in your tooth socket, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will suggest that you get a bone graft. After you’ve received your graft, you need to wait for this piece and your bone to unite. There is no need of being afraid of this process. Just go to regular checkups, listen to your surgeon, and you won’t have any problems with your bone graft!


A damaged or broken tooth can shake your self-confidence and affect your oral health. It’s hard to smile with confidence if you have a hole instead of a tooth. That’s why it’s imperative to react promptly in case you fracture or lose a tooth. The most efficient way to restore your smile is to replace the missing teeth with long-lasting dental implants.

Examining the bone and the gum

In the case of a missing tooth, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon first needs to examine the bone and the gum tissue around it. A dental implant needs a proper anchor to stay firm. If your gum is naturally thick, it will be easier for the surgeon to place the implants. Thin gum tissue, on the other hand, will result in a more difficult implant procedure.

Often, there isn’t too much bone left behind a missing tooth. Therefore, your surgeon will first need to place a titanium anchor, as the base for a dental implant. It can take a few months for the remains of the bone to grow together with the anchor. Once it becomes a solid unit, it will keep your implants firm for good.

Adding the crown

When the anchor and the jaw bone becomes one, you’re ready for the next stage of dental implantation: the crown installation.

The crown is the part of the tooth visible to others. For dental implants, crowns are usually made of porcelain. However, some people go for dental porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns, as well as for gold and base metal crowns. The choice of the dental crown for dental implants will depend on your budget, esthetical preferences, and your dentist’s opinion.

Since every person has a specific colour of the teeth, dental implants need to match their surroundings. Additionally, teeth can have different shades from the gums to the crowns. That’s why a dentist and a prosthodontist need to work together to make dental implants that look the same as your other teeth.

Replacing several missing teeth

Many people don’t react in time when they lose a tooth. They come for help only when they end up with several missing teeth. Logically, they need to get multiple dental implants. The most significant benefit of this dental technique is that you don’t have to remove or alter any other remaining teeth. One dental implant will replace each missing tooth.

While this restoration process costs more than traditional partial dentures or multiple tooth bridges, they’re way more convenient. Those old-school dental restorations can lead to severe root and gum infections, plus there’s no guarantee how much they’ll last. With dental implants, you get both durability and quality for a lifetime.


Dental implants are state-of-the-art solutions for cracked, broken, or damaged teeth. They enable oral and maxillofacial surgeons to treat each dental issue with the utmost care and attention. When made and placed by our experts, dental implants will look the same as your original teeth. As a result, you’ll be able to smile and eat without difficulties once again, which will improve the overall quality of your life.


Not wanting to go to the dentist is a very common feeling and becoming nervous or anxious about a trip to the dentist’s chair is often enough to let some people talk themselves out of going at all.

This, of course, is a mistake. The longer you put it off, the worse your dental problems could potentially be, which will make the inevitable trip to that chair worse than the original problem.

Let’s look at some of the common reasons why people have anxiety about dental visits, and specifically about dental implant procedures.

First, fear of a dentist visit is common but unfounded. In fact, some of the reasons people suffer this anxiety are rooted in the subconscious mind. For example, human beings are designed to keep their breathing passages free. This is why panic is a typical reaction when someone starts to drown.

Believe it or not, this self-preservation instinct is triggered by the dentist doing his job. By sticking various tools inside your mouth and leaning in close to do the best job he can for you, this deeply rooted fear is triggered. You’re still able to breathe, but your subconscious mind isn’t convinced. Therefore, it triggers anxiety.

Another common reason people dislike the dentist is sound related. Just the noise a dental drill makes is enough to drive some people up the wall. Luckily, this is an easy problem to deal with, thanks to a specialized invention that’s recently become popular: earbuds.

Your dentist will not mind in the least if you want to wear earbuds or headphones to block out the noises that add to your discomfort. Pop your favourite music on, and your visit will be over before you know it.

Implants have an additional set of anxiety-inducing elements, the most common driven by the natural fear of the unknown. As a surgical procedure, you may have preconceived ideas about the length of time it will entail, when in fact replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant will only take approximately an hour.

There is one thing you can do to alleviate your fear and anxiety that will help you cope with any of these fears or any others you have about getting dental implants: stop thinking about being nervous.

This may sound easier than you think, but simply relaxing and deciding to “go with the flow” will go a long way toward reducing or even eliminating your anxiety. You can easily convince yourself that it’s going to be a horrible experience.

Talking to your oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Maxillovendôme and asking all your questions will help you understand that this is a very common procedure and reduce your anxiety.

Remember, the Maxillovendôme’s team is there for you, your health and well-being. Trust them and enjoy your new smile!


Losing a tooth is a very common occurrence as people get older. While this isn’t a positive feature, it doesn’t have to be a life-altering event. With the advances in dental procedures over the last twenty years, replacing a missing tooth is now simpler, easier, and more effective than ever before.

It may be tempting to think that replacing a missing tooth isn’t necessary, especially if it’s not usually visible to others, but nothing could be further from the truth. Just one missing tooth can impact your entire mouth and your overall health, not to mention your self-confidence.

When a tooth is missing in your mouth, your jaw bone can deteriorate where the missing tooth was anchored. If this happens, it can lead to further complications with the neighbouring teeth. Your jaw bone is kept healthy by the stimulation it gets from the root of the tooth. Once that is gone, the bone is no longer getting what it needs to stay healthy.

If your jaw bone starts to thin or soften, this can spread to the bone anchoring neighbouring teeth. If untreated, a chain reaction can begin to happen that could lead to losing more teeth at an alarming rate.

Another consequence of this loss of bone density is the possibility of changes to the actual structure of your face. Just one missing tooth can cause the shape of your face to change. This is something to be avoided thanks to modern medicine. Remember, this can happen even if the missing tooth is in an unseen location of your mouth.

While dentures and bridges can help prevent some of these problems, these solutions aren’t nearly as effective as a dental implant. When the procedure is done, a titanium rod is implanted into the socket to hold the abutment and actual tooth. This rod will usually last for the rest of your life if you take care of your teeth.

Once it’s implanted and healed, the rod will provide stimulation to the bone it’s seated in, helping to keep your jaw bone healthy.

This brings up another benefit of single-tooth dental implants. Dentures and dental bridges can be uncomfortable and prone to breaking or bending as they are removed and replaced in your mouth every day. A dental implant is a much more durable option. While the rod lasts for the length of your life, the crown, the visible “tooth” part of your implant that rests atop the rod, may need to be replaced roughly about every fifteen to twenty years. However, this is a very simple procedure that can take mere minutes if it’s ever needed.

Comfort, durability, and helping to prevent future complications, both with your teeth and your overall health, make a single-tooth dental implant a great choice. A missing tooth shouldn’t be ignored, and a dental implant can be installed in as little as an hour.

That hour could pay health and happiness dividends for the rest of your life, so don’t be afraid to discuss options with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Maxillovendôme.


The extraction of a tooth has become a routine procedure for most people with dental problems. When a tooth is unable to be saved, and removal is the best option, it’s not always as simple as just removing the tooth and then packing the hole left behind so your body’s natural healing processes can repair the damage to your gum.

Additional measures must be taken sometimes by your oral and maxillofacial surgeon to not only promote fast and complete healing but also to prevent future problems from occurring. One of those measures is socket preservation.

Many times, socket preservation isn’t necessary. After the removal of the tooth, your body does indeed heal properly. However, there are potential problems that your dental professional may see that leads him or her performing socket preservation.

If your oral surgeon suspects that your gums may heal in such a way as to lead to the deformation of the socket that held your tooth, you will most likely be recommended for socket preservation. During the healing process, that socket can become deformed. If this happens, it will make dental implants more difficult if you decide to replace your tooth in the future.

Also, when a tooth is removed, the bone underneath the socket can begin to deteriorate. If this isn’t prevented or addressed at the time of extraction, it could lead to another surgical procedure months or years later, an unnecessary inconvenience and expense.

Socket preservation is usually performed with a bone graft. This is often done with a synthetic material designed specifically for this purpose. It can also be performed with human or animal bone. The new bone or material is attached to the jaw bone below the location of the socket. Once it’s had time to heal, it will allow new bone to grow, strengthening your jaw and preventing problems.

Socket preservation can prevent more trips to the oral surgeon in the future by eliminating issues before they occur. In addition to the possibility of interfering with neighboring teeth later, this will also help keep the teeth you have left in their proper positions.

The mouth is a very intricate area that has a very loose similarity to a house of cards. Each tooth and root depend on the support of the surrounding teeth. If one of those teeth is removed, the neighboring teeth have less support. This can lead to your remaining teeth drifting from their usual positions. When your teeth begin to spread apart due to the additional room in your mouth, this leads to even more problems.

At Maxillovendôme, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will recommend socket preservation as part of an extraction if the procedure is necessary for you. Each patient is different, so receiving advice tailored to your needs is the best step in determining what is best for you.


As you begin to discuss the possibility of replacing some or all your missing or damaged teeth with dental implants, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon is going to evaluate your jaw bone. This bone is one of the most important components of dental implants.

A dental implant to replace a missing tooth consists of three parts:
● The crown: The part that you will see as “your tooth” once the procedure is done
● The implant: It is a metal post that is implanted into your jaw bone
● An abutment: This connects the crown and anchor

In the case of a missing or damaged tooth, the jaw bone beneath the socket of the tooth can develop problems over time. If this happens, it can become too soft to support an implant or even grow too thin to provide a proper anchor for your new implant. If your oral and maxillofacial surgeon finds this to be the case, a bone graft will be advised to you before your actual implant surgery.
This may sound scary but, it’s becoming a more common procedure. Most of the fear and anxiety patients feel when they are informed that a bone graft is necessary is from a lack of knowledge of how it works.

What is a bone graft?

A bone graft is when a piece of healthy bone is taken from another part of your body and surgically attached to your jaw bone, allowing it to bond with and grow into your existing bone. Of course, instead of a piece of bone from your body, advances in the field have seen the introduction of specialized bone-grafting material that will do the same job of helping your body to rebuild your weakened jaw bone.

In most cases, this new material is used, which makes the process simpler. If you’re going to need a bone graft, here’s what you can expect, starting with how badly your existing bone needs help.
If your jaw bone is only minimally weakened due to thinning or softening, it may be possible for the graft and the installation of your implants to be done at the same time. If the problem is too large, however, it will lengthen the amount of time it will take to get your implants.

Sometimes, a bone graft must be performed before installation. Once completed, you will then have to wait until the graft has successfully healed and strengthened to your jaw bone for it to support an implant.

It can take several months after the graft is performed before you are able to schedule your dental implant procedure. This may seem like a long wait, but it’s very important for the success of your implant. If the graft isn’t allowed to fully create enough new bone to provide a good anchor point for the post, your implant could fail.
Unfortunately, there is no way to know which type of bone graft you may need, or even if you need one at all. At Maxillovendôme, your dental professional can make that decision after a complete examination.


Dental implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth, especially when the tooth that needs replacement is visible to others. The front area of the mouth is called the esthetic zone because any missing teeth in this area are very noticeable to others and can change your appearance.

While this is a very important area for both aesthetic and health reasons, it can also be one of the most difficult parts of the mouth to perform a tooth replacement. There is a small chance of dental implant failure in this area of the jaw. Therefore, special care must be taken when choosing your surgeon and planning to perform this procedure.

Factors of Care

At Maxillovendôme, we begin with a thorough examination of the area, including bone and gum health. Even the patient’s overall facial and oral health must be considered. A complete medical history can help your oral surgeon prepare a treatment plan that will give your implants the best chance to be successful.

Oral Health

Bone health is important since the jaw bone is the anchor for an implant. Without a healthy bone structure that can handle the procedure, an implant can lead to severe problems, including complete failure of the implant. Therefore, your jaw bone health will be carefully examined and evaluated before any procedure will be scheduled.

Gum health plays a part for several reasons, including the fact that unhealthy gums can lead to problems with completing a successful implant procedure. Also, your gums must be evaluated to determine exactly what methods and materials should be used in your case to ensure the best outcome.

Over time, gums can recede from the implant, leaving a different problem that can be more difficult to solve. The chance of this occurring can be minimized with proper planning.


Also, if incorrect materials are used, they can show through the gums. While the implant may be successful, this can still lead to a different esthetic issue. Your gums can start to look unhealthy, and the improper material will affect the colouration of your implant.


Another feature that must be considered is your oral hygiene; in other words, do you take care of your teeth properly? Some are surprised that this can affect a dental implant procedure, but how well you take care of your teeth can have an impact on the success rate of an implant, especially in the esthetic zone.

All of these problems can be accounted for in your treatment plan after a complete examination. There is no “one size fits all” dental implant procedure, especially in the esthetic zone. Good care must be taken when performing the procedure in this area because any problems that develop can become an issue in years to come.

This may seem like an overly lengthy procedure to be conducted before your dental implants can be placed, but with the esthetic zone being the most difficult location in your mouth for this procedure, the old expression “you can’t be too careful” definitely applies.


Why should you replace your loose dentures with dental implants? Well, dentures aren’t always the best solution for missing teeth. While they do help you throughout your day, they also have their drawbacks. So, why use dentures when you can choose to get dentures on implants?

Dental implants are a better long-term solution for missing or damaged teeth. Not only will they help you have a beautiful smile, they don’t need to be taken out to be cleaned. Implants are more comfortable, better looking, and cost less over time than other types of dental procedures for missing teeth.

Common Reason Why Dentures Become Loose

One of the most significant issues with dentures is that when you age, you start to see differences in your jawline. If you’ve had missing teeth for a while, then chances are you’ve already gone through multiple relining for the fit of your denture.

The reason why this happens is that when you’re missing teeth, your jawline starts to shrink and reduce because you’re not putting pressure on it from chewing. This results in the loss of both bone and muscle in that area. Over time, it’s expected for the dentures to become loose and no longer fit your mouth.

Are You Experiencing Any of These Problems?

Dentures also cause some issues with your mouth’s health. Loose dentures may rub against the inside of your cheeks, which results in pain and soreness. We don’t want you to experience that, as it can become swollen if this happens every day. Using adhesives can help slow down this process, but eventually, they will still rub against your cheeks. That’s why at Maxillovendôme we highly suggest investing in dental implants.

What Is a Same Day Dental Implants?

Dental implants are similar to dentures except they are attached inside your mouth. Our professionals measure your teeth and mouth size to create teeth that fit your mouth. Not only are these teeth attractive, but they’re also durable, give you stronger chewing power and you don’t need to take them out.

Why Consider Dental Implants?

Dental implants are made from durable materials that can withstand the pressure that your jaw places on your mouth while chewing. Dental implants don’t need the same maintenance that dentures do, and you’ll have an easier time cleaning them because they stay in your mouth. Unlike dentures, you can eat whatever you like, without the worry that your dentures may slide out. Lastly, dental implants look real which means no one will be able to tell those aren’t your original teeth.


Consider switching to dental implants. They will not only make your smile more attractive, but they will also enhance your ability to chew, eat, and do whatever you want with dental implants. No longer will you need to worry about your dentures slipping out while you’re talking. Instead, the implants will stay neatly placed in your mouth. All we’re waiting for is a call from you so that we can help assist you in making the switch.


What is a removable dental prosthesis?

Removable dental prostheses are dental appliances that can be easily removed by patients when they are not required. Better known as dentures, these removable prostheses are very common and are one of the most popular options for patients to replace missing teeth.

A removable dental prosthesis offers advantages because it does not require any surgical approach or recovery following their installation. Dentures are supported by the surrounding tissues of the oral cavity and can be removed by the patient when not immediately needed.

Removable dentures are usually recommended for patients who do not wish to undergo an oral surgery to replace their missing teeth. They offer the advantage of improving chewing ability, maintaining muscle tone and contribute to better pronunciation and speech to a limited point. Finally, they also help patients boost their self-esteem by allowing them to enjoy complete, functional and aesthetic looking teeth.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are removable dental prostheses anchored to the patient’s remaining natural teeth. A prescription from a dentist or prosthodontist along with detailed measurements and prints are required for technicians to design them.

The replacement teeth are usually attached to a plastic base that is connected to a metal structure that holds the prosthesis in place once installed in the patient’s mouth. The prostheses are equipped with porcelain or acrylic teeth and a pink acrylic resin is used to give the appearance of natural gums. The artificial teeth of a complete prosthesis are meant to feel like a patient’s natural teeth.

Partial dentures are attached to adjacent teeth with hooks that provide stability for patients to go freely about their daily activities. The phonetics, aesthetic as well as the chewing ability will likely improve with removable partial dentures. They will also contribute to fill in the gap between missing teeth and help in preventing the remaining natural teeth from moving.

Full Dentures

On the other hand, complete dentures are used to replace all the teeth located either in the upper or the lower jaw and are usually made exclusively of resin. Complete dentures are always created according to the face, age and personal preferences of the patients.

The conventional full denture is a removable dental prosthesis that is inserted following the extraction of the teeth and the healing of the gums. The patient will not be allowed to use the prosthesis right away and has to wait until the healing process is completed.

Immediate complete dentures are installed immediately after tooth extraction and offer patients the opportunity to avoid waiting for the healing process to be over. However, healing of the gums and tissues could eventually lead to the loosening of the dental prosthesis and may require an adjustment after a certain period of time.

What is a crown?

A crown is a prosthesis that will restore the natural appearance of a tooth when it has been severely damaged as in the case of a cavity that caused a tooth to decay. Crowns can also be used to cover dental implants meant to replace missing teeth.

The crown is really a protective shell made of metal or ceramic that gives back to the tooth its integrity and further protects it from fractures. Over the past twenty years, technological progress has made it possible to produce metal-free ceramic crowns that now offer superior aesthetic appearance.


Dental implants can be lifesavers for anyone who has damaged or missing teeth. A good implant restores the ability and function of the teeth to their natural state, increasing confidence and allowing recipients to use their teeth as if the implant wasn’t there at all. Dental implants can also correct unnatural facial contours caused by missing teeth.

Most implants are a tiny titanium post which is inserted where there is a damaged or missing tooth. There are two main types of dental implants: the common endosteal Implant which is placed in the jawbone and the subperiosteal implant which is placed beneath the gum.

Dental implants give a solid foundation for teeth by forming a bond between bone and titanium, which can be stronger than natural teeth. Secondly, they hold an advantage over natural teeth as they prevent bone deterioration often caused by unhealthy teeth.

What are Zygomatic Implants?

Zygomatic implants are an alternative dental implant method that is recommended for patients who have partially missing or insufficient jaw bones. This procedure bypasses the jawbone which is required when installing traditional implants and uses the zygomatic bone (cheekbone) to anchor the implants instead. This method has been in use for over a decade with increased efficiency compared to the traditional method. With zygomatic implants, a denture can be installed firmly in the patient’s mouth without the need for additional bone grafting.

Be that as it may, a dental assessment is required to determine what type of dental implant a patient requires. Usually, oral and maxillofacial surgeons carry out an extensive assessment to ascertain what kind of implant would be appropriate depending on the overall condition of the patient. During this assessment, one of the most important aspects to check is bone density. In the past, traditional implants were inserted into the jawbones, but because many patients have insufficient bone, they were not able to receive implants. This, unfortunately, has consequences on their self-esteem and physical appearance.

Who Needs a Zygomatic Implant?

This procedure is necessary for anyone who wants to replace all their upper teeth and has an insufficient bone in their upper jaw area, also known as the maxilla. That said, zygomatic implants may not be the ideal for every case of tooth loss. In other words, the patient must be advised and assessed by a qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon before undergoing this delicate procedure.

Why Zygomatic Implants?

Zygomatic implants are a great option for people with thin jawbones who want to achieve a good dentition. While traditional implants require bone grafting to make up for the thin jawbone, zygomatic implants allow the patient to achieve results while using their existing bone structure.

This surgery may seem more daunting than the regular dental implant procedure, but the truth is that the actual surgical procedure is not much different. The zygomatic implant is attached to the zygomatic bone and is meant to form a sturdy base for dental implants.

Procedure Steps for a Zygomatic Implant

All other dental implant methods should be considered before choosing this treatment option. It is often the last resort option for those with poor bone structure. At Maxillovendôme we perform the following crucial steps before carrying out this procedure:

  • An Extensive Oral Assessment: This assessment helps us in understanding the extent of the patient’s bone loss and oral health.
  • A CBCT Scan: This scan produces digital 3D images of the patient’s mouth and guides the oral surgeon in choosing the size of the implant and determining where exactly the implant should be inserted.
  • Digital Imaging and Virtual Treatment Planning: A model of the patient’s mouth is created from the scans and guides the oral and maxillofacial surgeon carries out a mock procedure. This helps the surgical team simulate a real-life situation before working on the patient. Specialized software is also involved in this process.

Benefits of Zygomatic Implants

Over the years, the practice of zygomatic implants has increased tremendously, confirming that more patients are choosing the procedure because of its benefits. The benefits associated are numerous and include the following:

  • Unlike traditional implants that take as much as nine months to stabilize completely, zygomatic implants require much less recovery time. Strong, stable teeth can be achieved faster than traditional implants due to the various implant technologies involved. It takes less than four months for the implant to bond completely with the cheekbone after most zygomatic implant procedures.
  • Zygomatic implants do not require bone reconstruction which is why the method is the preferred alternative for those with damaged or missing jaw bones.
  • The procedure is quicker than traditional implants which often require multiple scheduled treatments. Zygomatic implants are installed in a one-time procedure.
  • They allow for immediate loading of the teeth once bonding is completed. This gives the patient the ability to use their teeth for biting and chewing in a much faster time than traditional implants.

How Painful is the Zygomatic Implant Procedure?

Like all surgery, pain may occur after surgery. Nonetheless, patients are given anesthetics with or without intravenous sedation as needed to limit pain before, during, and after the operation. Pain medication is also given after the surgery. All in all, patients entering the process in a state of relaxation tend to experience the process as almost painless.


Since the procedure involves insertion of the implant into the cheekbone, as opposed to the jaw bone as in traditional procedure, it becomes even more crucial to seek guidance from a qualified specialist such as the team of Maxillovendôme to better understand the scope of this surgery. Our advice will help alleviate any fears you have regarding your zygomatic implants.

Lastly, this procedure is a one-day smile operation.

Feel confident in the modern technology employed by zygomatic implants and win back your smile with this alternative procedure, give Maxillovendôme a call today for a consultation.

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