For individuals with severe bone loss, the prospect of obtaining dental implants used to be a long, often painful process. Invasive grafting procedures to establish adequate bone volume for the placement of conventional implants can be time-consuming and costly, but there is an alternative that can avoid grafts, shorten treatment time, and improve your quality of life.
What are Zygomatic Implants?
Introduced in the late 1990s, zygomatic implants can provide patients with implants through a minimally invasive application process without bone grafting, general anesthesia, or complications and functional restrictions of the donor site. This immediately loaded prosthesis does not move, allowing for more confident speech, enhanced appreciation of foods, and improved self-esteem.
Zygomatic Implants vs. Traditional Dental Implants
Zygomatic implants differ from conventional dental implants in that they anchor in to the zygomatic bone (cheek bone) rather than the maxilla (upper jaw). They are used in cases where patients have inadequate maxillary bone quality or quantity due to aging, poorly fitting dentures, tumor removal surgery, trauma, or atrophy.
Since the zygomatic bone is denser than the posterior maxillary bone, a prosthesis can often be immediately placed at the time of surgery. Zygomatic implants are available in a wide array of lengths to fit any mouth. The head of the zygomatic implant is engineered to allow prosthesis attachment at a 45-degree angle. Zygomatic implants can be used in patients who do not have any teeth in the upper jaw, patients who have badly broken down teeth, or have experienced mobile teeth due to diseases such as generalized aggressive periodontitis.
The Outlook on Zygomatic Implants
Zygomatic implants have been in use for more than two decades, and clinical follow-up studies have shown good outcomes. The cumulative survival rate of zygomatic implants is 96% after 12 years.
Placement of zygomatic implants requires considerable surgical training and experience and meticulous diagnostic planning. The skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeons at our state-of-the-art surgical center have the knowledge and experience to shorten time-to-teeth for increased patient satisfaction and allow patients suffering from severe bone loss to return to a normal quality of life. Greater Atlanta Oral Facial Surgery uses cutting edge technology, including 3D imaging and intraoral scanning, to accurately fabricate a surgical guide for 100% accuracy and shorten the duration of the surgery. We are one of the first centers using this technology to give the best possible treatment to our patients.
Call Us Today!
If you thought you were not a candidate for dental implants, zygomatic implants may be the perfect fit. To learn more and speak with our skilled oral surgeons, contact us today. Our staff can answer all the questions you may have about the treatment procedure. If you’d like to take the first step, then contact us online or call us at 404-649-5536 for our Cumming location, or 404-236-6558 for our Buckhead location to make an appointment.