J Oral Med Oral Surg
Volume 26, Number 2, 2020
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Cas clinique et revue de la littérature / Up-to date review and case report|
|Published online||01 April 2020|
Up-to Date Review And Case Report
Are zygomatic implants a simple and reliable technique for the stabilization of obturator prostheses? Case report and review of the literature
Oral surgery, centre de consultations et de soins dentaires, 6 place Depéret, Lyon 69007, France
2 Maxillo-facial Department, Hôpital de la Croix Rousse, 103 grande rue de la croix rousse, Lyon 69004, France
3 Oncological surgery Department, Centre Léon Bérard 28 rue Laennec, Lyon 69008, France
* Correspondence: email@example.com
Accepted: 12 January 2020
Zygomatic implants have been used for several years for the treatment of extremely resorbed maxilla. Indications were extended for oral rehabilitations after maxillectomy in oncologic patients. A 24-year old patient with a triple A syndrome who underwent a left maxillectomy due to a spinocellular tumour was addressed for prosthetic rehabilitation. As his obturator prosthesis failed, surgical closure of the defect combined with 2 zygomatic implants to support the prosthesis was proposed. Despite a small persistent oro-antral fistula, the new obturator prosthesis restored the patient's functions and esthetics and improved his quality of life. The literature reports less than 40 cases of maxillectomy patients rehabilitated with zygomatic implants (with or without flap closure of the defect). Regardless of implant placement, there is no significant difference between reconstructive surgery and obturator prosthesis. Thus, zygomatic implants seem to be a reliable method for the stabilization of obturator prosthesis, without complex surgical procedure. Nonetheless, reservations should be expressed given the lack of data in terms of long-term follow up.
Key words: maxillectomy / zygomatic implants / obturator prosthesis
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