Zygomatic Dental Implants
Zygomatic implants provide a solution for individuals who want dental implants but have insufficient bone to hold normal implants in the upper jaw. This treatment helps to avoid the need of bone grafting treatment.
Ideally, these implants are placed into the cheekbone (zygomatic bone) to provide support for upper jaw, bridges, and teeth. Previously, patients would have undergone several surgical graft treatments for about nine to 18 months so that they could have the required bone to support the implant.
Zygomatic implants make grafting virtually unnecessary and dentists are able to rid patients’ of their dentures in just one day. Traditional dentures can lead to loss of supporting bone which eventually leads to loss of facial height. However, zygomatic implants have a rejuvenating effect on the appearance of the face and can correct this loss of facial structure particularly for individuals who have worn dentures for a long time.
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Who Are Zygomatic Implants For?
Since these implants are fixed to the cheekbones, they are used for individuals who are missing several or all of their teeth on the upper jaw. Moreover, individuals who do not have sufficient bone mass in the lower jaw will likely require a bone graft to hold traditional implants. With zygomatic implants, you do not need to follow the bone graft process since the implant is anchored on the cheekbones.
Each patient has a different structure of the bone, so zygomatic implants may work for some patients but not another. Therefore, your dentist needs to access your oral state and decide which implant will work best for you.
What Are the Benefits of Zygomatic Implants?
Sufficiency of bone mass is required for you to have a traditional dental implant; you need to have a sufficient amount of bone mass to have a successful treatment. However, in zygomatic implants, it is inserted into zygomatic bone instead of maxillary bone hence it can be safely inserted even if the maxillary bone is low. The patient, therefore, avoids extra surgery and waiting for a long time so that the bone graft consolidates. Zygomatic implants' total treatment time is shortened.
With zygomatic implants, there is no need of having additional procedures that are done when dental implants are fixed in the upper jaw, particularly when the patient has insufficient bone mass. Moreover, zygomatic implant patients have the option to get their prosthesis the same day and they do not have to wait to regain full dentition.
Along with traditional dental implants, zygomatic implants have a high success rate. Ideally, it is estimated that the zygomatic implant success rate ranges from 97 to 98%.
Will Zygomatic Implants Hurt?
The patient does not feel any pain when having zygomatic implants placed during the procedure. This is because patients are under general anesthesia during the procedure. Together with a dentist, a certified anesthesia professional monitors patients during surgery. The use of general anesthesia means that patients will sleep during the surgery process and allow them to wake up when the new teeth are fixed. It is the most comfortable and safe option for full teeth restorations.
To assist with recovery, you may be given pain medications by the dentist, but there is minor post-surgery pain. Patients can likewise take over-the-counter medications.
How Successful Are Zygomatic Implant Treatments?
Zygomatic implants are exceptionally successful, special thanks in part to the incredible advancement in dental implant technology over the last decades. Nevertheless, all dental implant treatments success depends mostly on the patient's oral health and ability to have regular maintenance checkups.
For the zygomatic implant to function perfectly, the patient needs to take care of the implant by flossing and brushing no less than twice per day to keep both the teeth and implant clean. It is also recommended to have regular appointments with your dentist so that they can clean those areas that are not reached when using a regular toothbrush.
It is important to follow your dentist's guidelines and advice for aftercare.
How Long Do Zygomatic Implants Last?
Research has shown that well-cared for and properly placed zygomatic dental implants can last for a very long time. Technological advancements in dentistry and proper care enables the dentist to give patients an implant that can last a lifetime.
Can You Have Zygomatic Dental Implants if You Have Severe Bone Loss?
Zygomatic dental implants are particularly designed for individuals who have bone loss. The surgical dental skill involved when placing these implants needs extensive training, experience, and expertise. Zygomatic implants offer a great alternative to bone grafting for severely resorbed jawbone with maximum oral function with minimal surgical trauma. Dentists have been trained and perfected the zygomatic placement even in the most extreme cases of bone loss.
Zygomatic Implants Process
When you visit your dentist, they begin with a consultation where they use advanced technology to gather information relating to your dental case. They can use pre-surgical 3D planning that has CBCT scans to get a comprehensive overview of your dental health. This will ensure that the zygomatic implants will be placed with accuracy and precision.
During surgery, the dentist will anchor long implant screws in your zygoma, a solid and thick bone found in the sinus. This bone is sometimes called the cheekbone. Normally, the process needs the use of two zygomatic implants and combining two to four traditional implants. The traditional implants are usually placed in the region towards the front of the jaw where the upper front teeth were located previously.
If you require teeth to be extracted before having a zygomatic implant, they can be extracted during this single surgery.
Zygomatic implants are a special type of dental implant intended for individuals who have severe bone loss in their upper jawbone. These implants are usually placed in the cheekbone and come with numerous advantages for patients. At , we are committed to providing you with quality dental care.
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