What Are Zygomatic Dental Implants?
A zygomatic dental implant is a dental restoration placed in the zygomatic bone, which is located in the cheek area of the upper jaw. This implant is longer than a traditional dental implant and provides additional support for patients with severe bone loss in the upper jaw.
They’re designed to anchor a prosthetic, such as a dental bridge or a denture, in the upper jaw, where traditional dental implants may not be an option. The implant is surgically placed in the zygomatic bone, which is a stronger and denser bone than the jawbone, allowing it to support the weight of the prosthetic.
The advantages of zygomatic dental implants include:
- A strong foundation for dental restorations: Zygomatic implants provide a strong foundation for dental restorations such as bridges or dentures, allowing patients to regain the ability to speak and chew comfortably.
- Suitable option for patients with severe bone loss: They’re an option for patients with severe bone loss in the upper jaw who may not be candidates for traditional dental implant placement. There’s also no need for a bone grafting procedure.
- Faster recovery: The recovery time after zygomatic implant placement is typically shorter than traditional dental implant placement, and patients can return to their normal activities within a few days.
- Long-lasting solution: When properly cared for, zygomatic dental implants can last for many years, providing patients with a long-lasting solution for missing teeth.
- Aesthetically pleasing: Zygomatic dental implants offer a natural-looking solution for missing teeth, which can improve patients’ confidence and self-esteem.
Are Zygomatic Implants Commonly Used?
While zygomatic dental implants are a potential treatment option for those with severe bone loss, traditional dental implants remain the most common option for dental restoration. Zygomatic implants are still considered a specialized treatment. The use of zygomatic implants is dependent on several factors including the patient’s individual needs, the surgeon’s experience and expertise, and the availability of zygomatic implant systems.
Zygomatic implants are typically only used when traditional dental implants aren’t an option due to a lack of sufficient jawbone or other factors such as a high risk of implant failure. It’s estimated that zygomatic implants are used in a small percentage of dental implant cases, typically in more complex cases where traditional dental implants aren’t an option.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do zygomatic dental implants last?
Zygomatic dental implants are made of high-quality materials, and, with proper care and maintenance, they can last a lifetime. However, just like traditional dental implants, the lifespan of a zygomatic implant can vary from patient to patient, depending on factors such as oral hygiene and overall health.
Are there any risks associated with zygomatic dental implants?
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks associated with zygomatic dental implant placement. These include:
- Nerve damage
- Implant failure
However, these risks are generally low when the procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced oral surgeon or dentist.
How long does the recovery process take after zygomatic dental implant placement?
The recovery process can vary from patient to patient, but most patients can expect to return to their normal activities within a few days to a week after the procedure. However, it may take several months for the implant to fully integrate with the bone and for the final restoration to be placed.
Are there any restrictions on what I can eat after zygomatic dental implant placement?
Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for the first few days after the procedure to allow the implant site to heal properly. Your oral surgeon or dentist will provide you with specific instructions on what you can and cannot eat throughout the recovery period.
Zygomatic Dental Implants Can Complete Your Smile
Achieve your dream smile and replace your missing teeth with zygomatic dental implants. To learn more about zygomatic dental implants and if they’re the best choice for your dental needs, contact your dentist today. If you live in the Staten Island area, our dentists have the experience needed to help you achieve your dream smile. Contact us today.
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