By Dr. Paul Petrungaro
Zygomatic Dental Implants offer patients with Advanced Bone Loss 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 are the signs you may need Zygomatic 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?
What are the benefits of Zygoma or Zygomatic Implants?
They allow patients who otherwise would not be Implant candidates to receive treatment to bring them back to form and function. 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 function and eating all those foods you miss in no time!
Who is qualified to place Zygoma or Zygomatic Implants?
The field of Implantology does not require additional training or licensing so 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 is bone atrophy and 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. 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.