Zygomatic Dental Implants
Periodontitis is a severe infection in the gums that when left untreated, can affect the density of the jawbone, causing teeth to fall out. For patients whose jawbones have substantially deteriorated and are missing teeth, finding a comfortable long-term solution hasn’t always been easy. In the past, patients who needed new teeth turned to solutions like dentures, which required extensive maintenance, were typically uncomfortable, and didn’t serve as a permanent solution. Patients who sought long-term solutions were either turned away and told they were ineligible for conventional implants because they lack enough bone in their jaw to sustain traditional implants, or were told they require a bone graft, which typically takes a piece of bone from other parts of the mouth to support the implant, and is a costly, lengthy and painful procedure. In recent years, several unique dental implant procedures have developed that now offer an alternative solution to block bone grafting and sinus lift bone grafting. Zygomatic dental implants are an implant solution for the upper row of teeth.
What are Zygomatic Dental Implants?
Traditionally, dental implants are anchored directly into the jawbone, but for some patients, this isn’t possible due to low jawbone density. In a zygomatic implant procedure, the periodontist inserts the extended implants near the cheekbone, utilizing the bone density from this part of the mouth to support the implant. These implants are less invasive than grafting procedures and provide a solution for patients who lack the bone density needed to sustain an implant.
What is the Procedure Like?
Zygomatic implants were invented in 1988 and became available to the American public in 1998 after a full decade of testing. If you are interested in zygomatic implants, you will first need to meet with a periodontist to discuss your options. Depending on the density of your jawbone and your overall profile of wellness, you may have multiple options. After an initial consultation, the periodontist will recommend which solution is right for you. The procedure is done under IV sedation, where the extra-long implants are rooted near the jaw bone. One zygomatic implant is the equivalent of 3-4 regular implants. Patients leave with a complete smile, as fixed teeth are attached to the implants on the day of procedure. The graftless procedure avoids painful and lengthy block bone and sinus lift bone grafting treatments, reducing healing time. After four months of recovery, permanent crowns can be put into place.
How Do I Know if Zygomatic Dental Implants are Right for Me?
There are many reasons that a patient may need a dental prosthesis. Some of these factors are out of their control. Periodontists are eager to help patients find relief from jaw pain, infection, and the inability to live a life free of negative, self-conscious feelings.
Some patients with low jawbone density may opt for grafting procedures. Grafing procedures take a special synthetic grafting substance—or, if necessary, a piece of bone from another part of the body—and attach it to the jawbone. This process yields a denser surface to which the implants can be attached. With a zygomatic dental implant process, no grafting occurs. There may be a shorter recovery time, but the process itself is more complex.
How Do I Find a Periodontal Surgeon?
When choosing any healthcare professional, it’s important to choose one you can trust. The Center for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy is located in Los Angeles and has an established track record of success. We work with patients like you to find relief and regain a gorgeous smile. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.