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Zygomatic Implant Patient
WHAT IF I’VE BEEN TOLD I AM NOT A CANDIDATE FOR TRADITIONAL DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Many patients find themselves in need of dental implants but have been told they do not have sufficient bone and need extensive, costly grafting procedures. Zygomatic dental implants offer those patients an immediate solution. Zygomatic implants are much longer than traditional implants and they are anchored in the upper jawbone near the dense zygoma bone, which is near your cheekbone. Because of their location, no multiple surgeries or grafting procedures are needed. This also means that Zygomatic implant patients can avoid the average nine month wait to complete their treatment. And because they are supported in the zygoma bone, they allow patients with severe bone loss to have a fixed temporary prosthesis fitted immediately after surgery, which means, you will have teeth, as opposed to a removable denture, the day you have your implants placed.
WHAT IS BONE ATROPHY? WHERE DID MY BONE GO?
Bone atrophy (bone loss) is a natural phenomenon that occurs after teeth are extracted. The bone continues to resorb over time if the tooth is not replaced. Bone loss can also be exacerbated by the wearing of removable dentures or partials. Therefore, patients who have worn removable dentures or partials for many years will experience bone loss at a far faster rate, and as the bone resorbs, the fit of the dentures or partials can become compromised as the underlying supportive bone structure is shrinking. Bone loss will also occur when there are still teeth present in the mouth. Gum disease and severe infection as seen in untreated periodontal disease, will also cause the destruction of the jawbone. Bone loss can also occur from previous dental implants that have failed prematurely. Zygomatic implants offer a permanent and immediate solution for those patients experiencing extreme bone loss that would otherwise require lengthy and costly grafting procedures.
WHAT ARE ZYGOMA or ZYGOMATIC IMPLANTS?
Zygomatic implants are much longer than standard titanium implants. They are placed in the jawbone beyond the area’s of bone loss into the zygoma bone (cheekbone). They are generally placed in conjunction with other standard implants to create stability for the prosthesis. In the most extreme cases of severe bone loss, 2 zygoma implants may be placed.
WHO IS QUALIFIED TO PLACE ZYGOMA or ZYGOMATIC IMPLANTS?
Because the field of implantology does not require additional training or licensing, it is up to the patient to do their research to ensure the provider they chose has a long and proven consistent history of successful zygomatic implant placement. Because of the unique and specialized nature of zygoma implants, it is imperative for the long term success of the case that the surgeon have a long and proven consistent history of successful zygomatic implant placement and integration.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ZYGOMA/ZYGOMATIC IMPLANTS?
They allow patients who otherwise would not be implant candidates to receive treatment to bring them back to form and function. And best of all, because zygomatic implants are placed directly in the zygoma bone and do not require grafting, the integration time is greatly reduced meaning that your case will be done significantly faster than with traditional implants or the All on 4 system. You will be back to full form and function and eating all those foods you miss in no time!
Dr. Petrungaro is one of the few dental surgeons in the Chicagoland area to perform the advanced surgical protocols for the placing of longer implants into the zygoma bone in front of the skull. This advanced procedure should only be accomplished by a highly skilled surgeon and team.
Signs you may need zygoma implants:
- Have your face, cheeks or lips begun to sink?
- If you wear dentures, are they loose or do you need adhesives to stabilize them?
- Do you contemplate facial surgery to correct age lines?