Zygomatic Dental Implants
While dental implants are a popular option for patients looking to replace missing teeth, they are not always the best solution for everyone. A common reason for this is because of a lack of necessary bone density. You don’t want to be stuck with a denture, but you don’t want to undergo an additional surgery either. At DFW Oral Surgeons, we offer a different implant solution with zygomatic implants.
How Exactly Do Zygomatic Implants Work?
A zygomatic implant is a sort of dental implant that is used in the upper jaw. The implant posts for this type of restoration are long, allowing them to reach up to the zygoma, or cheek, bones. This bone is denser than the maxilla bone, where most implants are typically placed. By placing these types of posts in the zygoma bone, your restoration is given greater strength and stability, allowing you to get dental implants when a regular dental implant solution might be impossible without a bone graft.
How are Zygomatic Implants Different Than Other Dental Implants?
One of the biggest differences between zygomatic implants and other types of dental implants is that the posts are much longer. This ensures that they reach the zygoma bone. These posts are placed near the bicuspid teeth and are angled so that they pass right alongside, or even directly through, the maxillary sinus cavities. We use 1 to 2 long posts on each side of the mouth. We also use anywhere from 2 to 4 regular implants in the front. These regular implants help to provide extra support. A set of teeth are placed 3 days after surgery. After you heal, which takes about 4 months, a new set of teeth is made and placed.
Benefits of a Zygomatic Implant
The greatest benefit to a zygomatic implant is that it gives you an option to get dental implants without having to undergo a surgical procedure for bone grafting. You also will not need a sinus lift surgery.
Healing after zygomatic implant surgery is generally shorter. Where it can take up to 6 months to heal from regular implant surgery, it takes only about 4 months to heal from this procedure. It is also possible to get teeth immediately loaded following surgery. Moreover, with zygomatic implants, you don’t have to worry about getting stuck with an uncomfortable denture. Like regular dental implants, zygomatic implants give you a long-term answer to your tooth loss needs.
Are There Any Risks Associated with Zygomatic Implants?
Just like any other oral surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with getting zygomatic implants. Most risks are rare and include such things as bleeding, cuts on the lips, zygomatic fracture, zygomatic implant fracture, sinus infections, and numbness. All of the risks, no matter how rare, are discussed during your initial consultation. The procedure is considered safe and predictable and has a high success rate. During your initial consultation, we will be able to help you figure out if zygomatic implants are the best solution for you.
If you have been told that you cannot get regular dental implants without a bone graft, you may be a candidate for zygomatic implants. Contact DFW Oral Surgeons at (972) 539-1491 today to schedule your appointment.
John C. Shillingburg, DDS
Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
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