What are zygomatic implants?
Conventional dental implants are small titanium posts that Dr. Atcha inserts into your jaw during surgery. They replace your natural tooth roots and fuse to your jawbone during the healing process to provide a stable base for your new prosthetic teeth.
Unfortunately, if you don’t have enough tooth-supporting bone in your jaw, Dr. Atcha has to perform a bone graft before your procedure.
Zygomatic implants, on the other hand, bond partially to your jawbone and zygomatic bone—your cheekbone, which is denser and more secure that your other facial bones—so you won’t need a bone graft or sinus lift. Because they don’t drill directly into your jawbone, zygomatic implants are much longer than their conventional counterparts.
What are the benefits of zygomatic implants?
Zygomatic implants are an excellent alternative if a bone graft isn’t enough to provide a stable foundation for your teeth. Some of the most popular zygomatic implant benefits are:
Zygomatic implants anchor deep into the upper jaw, directly next to the zygoma bone, a dense and stable bone in your skull.
No bone graft
The bone graft healing process can take up to six months, and you can’t prepare for dental implant surgery until you fully heal. For those who want to restore their smile as quickly as possible, this can feel like a lifetime. Fortunately, you don’t need a bone graft for zygomatic implants.
Unlike conventional dental implants, Dr. Atcha can fit you for your prosthetic teeth right after your zygomatic implant surgery. This means you get the chance to enjoy your new teeth sooner.
Traditional dental implants require a multi-step process in which you can be left without your new prosthetic teeth for months between your surgery and teeth placement. Zygomatic implants don’t require the same lengthy healing process.
How are zygomatic implants placed?
The zygomatic implant process is similar to conventional implants. Dr. Atcha takes comprehensive digital X-rays and scans of your mouth to map out the areas where your implants will be placed.
During your surgery, Dr. Atcha inserts your extra-long implant into the jawbone near the zygomatic bone. The implant either goes next to or through your sinuses and anchors to the zygomatic bone.
After your surgery, the healing process takes approximately four months. When you return to the office, Dr. Atcha takes digital impressions of your mouth to create your new prosthetic teeth. Finally, he fits you for your prosthetics and ensures they’re stable and feel as comfortable as your natural teeth.
Zygomatic implants function just like conventional dental implants. To find out if they’re the right tooth replacement option for you, call New Teeth Chicago Dental or schedule a consultation with Dr. Atcha online.