Zygomatic Dental Implants
- A Bone Grafting Alternative
- Zygomatic Implants The Process
- What are the Benefits of Zygomatic Implants?
- Who Can Place Zygomatic Implants?
- Does Zygomatic Implant Surgery Hurt?
A Tooth Replacement Solution For Those With The Most Severe Form Of Bone Loss
If you’ve been told you are not a candidate for conventional dental implants or that dentures are your only option, zygomatic implants were designed with you in mind. Zygomatic implants, also known as rescue implants, are an alternative to traditional dental implants and bone grafting when there is insufficient bone in the upper jaw.
A Bone Grafting Alternative
Patients who have moderate, advanced, or even extreme resorption in the upper jaw and do not have enough bone structure to support dental implants would benefit from zygomatic implants—a non-removable appliance that attaches to the zygoma, or cheekbone. The procedure does not involve bone grafting (or the lengthy six-month healing period), so implants can be placed immediately.
Zygomatic Implants The Process
At Chicago Surgical Specialists, we begin with a consultation in which we use advanced technology to gather information pertaining to your case. We use pre-surgical 3D planning with CBCT scans to develop a comprehensive overview. This ensures that each implant is placed with precision and accuracy.
During surgery, we anchor long implant screws in the zygoma, a thick and solid bone near the sinus, also known as the cheekbone. Typically, the process requires the use of two zygomatic implants in combination with two to four traditional implants. The traditional implants are placed in the anterior region, toward the front of the jaw where the upper front teeth were previously located. If you have teeth that need to be extracted prior to zygomatic implant placement, they can be removed during this single surgery.
What are the Benefits of Zygomatic Implants?
Zygomatic implant surgery is safe and predictable, a procedure that is performed every day by our highly skilled surgeons at Chicago Surgical Specialists. This revolutionary treatment allows us to send our patients out the door with a fully functional set of teeth. The benefits include:
- Immediate loading of fixed teeth
- No bone grafting
- Comfort through IV sedation
- Quick treatment and recovery time
- Single surgery
- No sinus lift
Who Can Place Zygomatic Implants?
The surgical skill involved in placing zygomatic implants requires extensive expertise, experience, and training. At Chicago Surgical Specialists, our doctors have been formally trained in zygomatic placement and have perfected the craft of carefully placing each zygomatic implant.
Does Zygomatic Implant Surgery Hurt?
At Chicago Surgical Specialists, your safety and comfort is paramount. For a more comfortable experience, our doctors administer special anti-inflammatory medications through intravenous sedation which reduce post-operative pain. Any discomfort experienced when getting zygomatic implants is similar to that of regular bone grafting procedures. Most of our patients are surprised by how easy their recovery is. You may have mild bruising, and any pain can be easily managed with over the counter pain medications, such as Ibuprofen and Tylenol.
Chicago Surgical Specialists offers life-changing zygomatic implants to those who have lost teeth in the upper jaw and are unable to have dental implants due to extreme jawbone deterioration and lack of chewing strength. First introduced in Europe in 1988 and then in the United States in 1998, zygomatic implants have a long-standing success rate.
A solution for those who have been told they have the most severe form of bone loss, Zygomatic implants allow our patients to achieve maximum oral function and an aesthetically pleasing smile. If you’re interested in learning more about our zygomatic implants, contact us today so we can schedule a consultation.