Dental implants are an amazing alternative tooth replacement option for many patients who also qualify for dentures. Unfortunately, not every patient can receive a dental implant, often due to inadequate bone mass in the area of the proposed implant. Although a bone graft procedure can help many of these people, some of them are unable or unwilling to undergo a bone graft. The good news is that zygomatic dental implants make getting an implant a possibility for 2nd Chance Smile Implant Center patients.
What are zygomatic dental implants?
Zygomatic dental implants are a relatively new innovation in implant technology. They have actually been around since the late 1990s, but are becoming more popular because they allow some previously disqualified patients to receive dental implants.
Zygomatic dental implants can be used for the replacement of teeth found within the upper jaw. They can provide a replacement for a complete arch of missing teeth, teeth with severe damage or decay, or loosened teeth caused by gum disease. They also make a great choice for anyone with insufficient bone mass to support an implant. They can be used in combination with conventional implants for the replacement of both the upper and lower teeth.
What is the difference between zygomatic implants and regular implants?
Traditional dental implants are smaller than zygomatic implants and are directly drilled right into the jawbone. Zygomatic implants are longer and attached within the zygoma bone, or cheekbone, at an angle. This bone is more dense than the upper jaw bone, offering wider stress distribution and a sturdier anchor.
Zygomatic Implants Benefits
- 95-98% success rate
- Durable and long-lasting
- Will not shift or slip
- Offers look, feel, and function of natural teeth
When you have zygomatic implants placed into your jawbone, they are angled within the cheekbone, or zygomatic bone. This is an area of high bone density, which means that a dental prosthetic can be loaded immediately onto the implants so that you will not be without teeth while your implants are healing.