Zygomatic Dental Implants
A Teeth Replacement Option For Those With The Most Severe Form Of Bone Loss
If you’ve been told you are not a candidate for conventional dental implants, you need extensive bone grafting, or that dentures are your only option, zygomatic implants were designed with you in mind. Zygomatic implants are an alternative to traditional dental implants and bone grafting when there is insufficient bone in the upper jaw. Zygomatic implants allow these patients to achieve maximum oral function and an aesthetically pleasing smile.
Coastal Connecticut Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery offers life-changing zygomatic implants to those who require dental extractions or have already lost teeth in the upper jaw and are unable to have traditional dental implants placed due to extreme jawbone deterioration. First introduced in Europe in 1988 and then in the United States in 1998, zygomatic implants have a long-standing high success rate.
A Bone Grafting Alternative
Patients who have advanced resorption (bone loss) of the upper jaw and do not have enough bone structure to support traditional dental implants may benefit from zygomatic implants — a non-removable appliance that is secured into the zygoma, or cheekbone. The procedure does not involve bone grafting, which then requires a lengthy 6 month healing period, so implants can be placed immediately.
Zygomatic Implants – The Process
At Coastal Connecticut Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we begin with a consultation in which we use advanced technology to gather information pertaining to you. We use pre-surgical 3D imaging with CBCT scans to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. This ensures that each implant is placed with precision and accuracy.
Zygomatic implants are longer implants than traditional dental implants. During the procedure, one or two zygomatic implants are placed on each side of the dental arch, along with traditional implants, which creates a secure foundation for the upper arch restoration to be placed. In most cases, the restoration can be placed the same day as the zygomatic implant surgery. If you have teeth that need to be extracted prior to zygomatic implant placement, they can be removed during this single surgery.
The Benefits Of Zygomatic Implants
Zygomatic implant surgery is safe and predictable. This revolutionary treatment allows us to send our patients out the door with a fully functional set of teeth in one day. The benefits include:
- Immediate loading of fixed teeth
- No bone grafting or sinus lifting
- Comfort through IV sedation
- Quick treatment and recovery time
- Single surgery
Who Can Place Zygomatic Implants?
The surgical skill involved in placing zygomatic implants requires extensive expertise, experience, and training. At Coastal Connecticut Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our doctors have been formally trained in zygomatic placement and have perfected the craft of carefully placing each zygomatic implant.
Does Zygomatic Implant Surgery Hurt?
At Coastal Connecticut Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, your safety and comfort are paramount. For a more comfortable experience, our doctors administer special anti-inflammatory medications through intravenous sedation which reduces post-operative pain. Any discomfort experienced when getting zygomatic implants is similar to that of regular dental implant and bone grafting procedures. Most of our patients are surprised by how easy their recovery is. You may have mild bruising, and any pain can typically be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications, such as Ibuprofen and Tylenol.
Am I Candidate For Zygomatic Implants?
If you’re interested in learning more about zygomatic implants, please contact us today to schedule a consultation!