Zygomatic dental implants provide an alternative for those patients who are told they are not candidates for dental implant surgery due to lack of bone. With zygomatic dental implants, there is new hope for treatment.
Typically, patients who have had significant bone loss do not have the necessary height and/or width to support traditional dental implants. Patients can be missing significant bone due to various reasons, including:
- long-term tooth loss
- tumors in the region of the jaw
Patients who fall into this category have in the past required extensive bone grafting to regenerate or rebuild enough bone mass to sufficiently support traditional dental implants.
With the introduction of Zygomatic dental implants, there is no need for bone grafting. It is a graftless technique where the implants are directly embedded in the cheekbones, or the zygomas. The zygomas inherently possess enough bone support. The procedure utilizes a specially extended dental implant that can be inserted into the cheekbone instead of the jawbone.
The procedure is typically performed while the patient is under IV conscious sedation. The zygomatic implants are anchored in place within the zygomatic bone, and a provisional prosthesis can be immediately fixed until complete restoration is achieved. A full set of immediate teeth can be connected to the implants after 1-3 days.