The zygomatic angle
Tooth loss is a serious issue that affects several aspects of your life. Missing teeth make simple tasks, such as eating and speaking, more challenging. Your smile is negatively impacted. Under the gum line, the jawbone begins to grow weak. Over time, the bone changes shape, and can even affect the shape (and appearance) of your face. Dental implants have fast become one of the most popular treatment methods for replacing missing teeth. However, for implants to work, you need to first have sufficient bone mass in the jaw. Poor bone mass would often mean a bone graft would be needed, or you would need to consider dentures as a replacement option. At BiteLock, we provide zygomatic implants.
What are Zygomatic Implants?
Zygomatic implants are often used in the most severe cases of bone loss in the upper jaw. They involve the use of special implants that are anchored into the zygoma bone. In doing so, more stability for your implants is provided, making dental implants an option for people who would previously be considered ineligible without first undergoing a bone graft.
The Difference Between Zygomatic Implants and Dental Implants
Zygomatic implants, like more traditional dental implants, are titanium rods that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. The zygomatic implants, however, are much longer than other types of implants. They are designed for patients who have lost a substantial amount of bone mass after tooth loss and are unable to support regular implants successfully. The zygoma bone is naturally denser. This provides more stability for your implants when regular implant surgery is not an option.
How Do Zygomatic Implants Work?
Before receiving zygomatic implants, we first conduct a consultation. During this consultation, we take 3D images of your jaw, which enables us to see how much bone mass is in the jaw as well as evaluate the condition of your sinus cavities. We will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of zygomatic implants as well as the benefits and drawbacks of bone grafts and sinus lift surgeries. We can help you to determine the best course of action for your specific situation. If zygomatic implants are determined to be the best choice, we then move forward with surgery. The implants are placed, and the teeth can be placed just a few days later. Recovery from this particular surgery takes about four months. Once you have fully healed, then we can place your final restorations.
The Benefits of Zygomatic Implants
Zygomatic implants offer several benefits. First, they enable you to avoid undergoing a bone graft before receiving your implants. While a bone graft restores missing bone mass, it is an invasive surgery that involves a lengthy recovery period. There is less healing time required, and therefore less time to wait for your final restorations. Zygomatic implants can also be used to replace failing All-on-4 implants. Along with all of these benefits, zygomatic implants enable you to enjoy the many benefits that dental implants have to offer.
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As with any surgery, there are some risks involved. While rare, there is the risk of bleeding, zygomatic fracture, numbness, or the bone may enter under the orbit. We will discuss all potential risks with you before undergoing surgery and help you to make the best possible decision for your situation.
If you are interested in learning more about zygomatic implants or want to find out if they are the right solution for you, call BiteLock at (469) 995-7808 to schedule your consultation today.
PEDRO F. FRANCO, DDS
HOWARD B. PRICE, DDS
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