If you are missing teeth, then you know how it can affect your self-confidence and quality of life. You may feel like you are not able to smile or laugh freely. You may also be concerned about the health of your remaining teeth. Did you know that there is a solution that can replace your missing teeth in as little as one day? Zygomatic dental implants are a new type of implant that is becoming increasingly popular due to its many benefits. In this blog post, we will discuss what zygomatic implants are, how they work, and why you should consider them for yourself!
What are zygomatic dental implants?
Zygomatic dental implants are a type of implant that is placed in the cheekbone, rather than the jawbone. This provides a strong and stable foundation for your new teeth and makes them ideal for patients who have suffered from bone loss in the upper jaw. They can also be used for patients who do not have enough bone in the jaw to support traditional implants.
Zygomatic implants are placed in a similar way to traditional dental implants. The first step is to surgically remove any remaining decayed teeth and then to clean and prepare the implant site. An extra long titanium implant post is then inserted through the jawbone and into the cheekbone. In most cases, your dentist will place zygomatic implants around the upper bicuspids. These implants will then be angled to run beside the sinus cavity and into the zygomatic bone. This approach provides stabilization while protecting the sinus cavities.
Why should you consider zygomatic dental implants?
If you are familiar with dental implant technology, then you know that dental implants act as artificial tooth roots. Once implanted, these artificial roots will fuse with the surrounding bone so that they can effectively anchor a dental prosthetic such as a crown, bridge, or denture.
Zygomatic implants work the same way, however they do have a few key differences that set them apart from traditional implants. It is these differences that can make them an ideal choice for certain people.
There are many reasons why you should consider zygomatic dental implants, including:
To replace upper teeth:
Traditional dental implants are not always an option for patients missing upper teeth because the implant needs to fuse with the surrounding bone in order to be effective. This fusion can be difficult to achieve in people who have one or more missing teeth in the upper jaw, which causes less bone density. It is also important that there is enough bone mass between the upper jaw and sinus cavity in order to minimize the risk of penetrating the sinus cavity. As a result, supplemental procedures, such as a sinus lift, may need to be performed first in order to place traditional implants in the upper jaw.
Zygomatic implants provide a great solution for these patients. This is because zygomatic implants are placed in the cheekbone, which provides a strong and stable foundation for your new teeth. This makes them ideal for patients who have suffered from bone loss in the upper jaw and who do not want to undergo additional procedures to have dental implants placed.
Can be used for patients with bone loss:
Traditional dental implants are placed in the jawbone, which can make them difficult to place in patients who have suffered from bone loss. This is because there needs to be enough bone in the jawbone to support the implant. Zygomatic implants, on the other hand, are placed in the cheekbone. In fact, one of the main advantages of zygomatic dental implants is that they can be used for patients with bone loss.
This is because zygomatic implants are designed to pass through the upper jawbone and are instead anchored to the zygomatic, or cheek bone. The zygomatic bones are much denser than the jawbones, and they do not lose bone mass as a result of tooth loss or periodontal disease. This makes the zygomatic bones an appropriate anchor point for patients with bone loss.
Shorter treatment timeline:
Zygomatic implants also have a shorter treatment timeline than traditional implants. This is because the implant surgery used to place zygomatic implants is similar to that used to place traditional implants. The main difference is the zygomatic implants are longer than traditional implants and are slightly angled to bypass the sinus cavities and reach the zygomatic bones. Additionally, zygomatic implants do not require supplementary bone augmentation procedures and can be immediately loaded.
As a result, zygomatic implants can be placed in a single surgery. Traditional implants, on the other hand, require two surgeries. The first surgery is to place the implant in the jawbone and the second surgery is to place the dental prosthetic. In some cases, additional procedures may also be required to place traditional implants, such as bone augmentation procedures.
High rates of success:
Zygomatic implants also have high rates of success. In fact, they have a success rate of 98%. This is because zygomatic implants are placed in the cheekbone, which are much denser than the jawbones and make an ideal anchor point for a dental prosthetic. Zygomatic implants also have a higher success rate because the zygomatic bone is not affected by bone loss like the jawbone.
Smile in a day:
Finally, one of the main advantages of zygomatic implants is that they can be used to give you a new smile in a day. This is because zygomatic implants are placed in the cheekbone and are immediately loaded. Immediate load means that the dental prosthetic is placed on the implant at the time of surgery. This means that you can walk out of the dental office with a new set of teeth.
This makes immediate load dental implants an ideal solution for patients who want to improve their smile quickly. Traditional implants, on the other hand, require two surgeries. The first surgery is to place the implant in the jawbone and the second surgery is to place the dental prosthetic. It can also take up to six months to heal before the dental prosthetic can be placed.
In this blog, we discussed five reasons to consider zygomatic implants: they can be used to replace upper teeth, can be used for patients with bone loss, have a shorter treatment timeline, high rates of success, and can give you a new smile in a day. If you are considering zygomatic implants, we encourage you to contact our office to learn more about this life-changing procedure. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Zygomatic implants are a great option for patients missing teeth and wanting to improve their smile. To learn more about zygomatic implants and how they can help you, contact our office today! Our team would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Irfan Atcha, DDS, DICOI, DADIA at New Teeth Chicago Dental in Chicago, Illinois is a board-certified general dentist and a nationally recognized expert in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, and sedation dentistry. Dr. Atcha is now serving patients in Naples, Bonita Springs and SW FL area with All-on-4 implants, teeth-in-a-day, same day dental implants and the complex zygomatic dental implants for the no-jaw bone solution approach. To schedule a consultation please email Dr. Atcha at firstname.lastname@example.org.