Moncton doctor helps jaw cancer patients get new teeth
Nach Daniel pioneers new, faster procedure, teaching it to doctors and dentists across North America
A Moncton doctor is pioneering a new and faster way to help patients who have lost their teeth and jawbones to cancer.
Dr. Nach Daniel, a maxillofacial surgeon, attaches new teeth to titanium rods that are then attached to the patient's cheek bones.
But now, the whole procedure can be done in as little as five hours, said Daniel, who is teaching the technique to doctors and dentists across North America.
For patients like Azor Gallant, it will be life-changing, said Gallant's daughter Savannagh Gabriel.
Gallant, who had recurring cancer on the upper jaw and lower jaw, has had no teeth for two years.
He doesn't want to go out in public because he can't speak clearly and can't smile.
"He can't wear a denture because he has lost half his jaw, top and bottom. So for him, it's been two years of blender diet," said Daniel, whose skills are a mix of dentistry and bone surgery.
He sees about 120 patients like Gallant every year, many of whom have had to travel for their cancer treatments.
"They were telling me, 'Well, I've been to Halifax 14 trips just to get a treatment,' or 'I just went to Quebec. It was a 10-hour drive there and back.' So now patients don't have to travel, the technology is in Moncton," he said.