Zygomatic Implants

 

Zygomatic implants offer a good tooth replacement alternative if you don’t have enough bone for traditional dental implants. At Carolinas Centers for Oral & Facial Surgery, our doctors can use zygomatic implants to give you a natural-looking smile, help you eat better, and improve your quality of life. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons look forward to working with you to improve your oral health.

What are Zygomatic Implants? 

Zygomatic implants are innovative dental implants designed to replace teeth in the upper jaw when you have suffered severe bone loss. 

These types of implants are slightly tilted and much longer than traditional dental implants. They also anchor to the cheekbone, known as the zygoma, instead of embedding into the jawbone.

This anchoring technique makes them an ideal solution to replace missing or failing teeth when there is considerable bone loss— the zygoma is made up of very dense bone and provides ample support for implants. 

Ideal Candidates

At Boca Jaw Surgery, we recommend zygomatic implants if you:

  1. Have been denied dental implants due to significant bone loss in the upper jaw
  2. Have difficulty keeping your dentures in due to bone loss in the jaw
  3. Struggle to eat, chew effectively, and talk due to missing or failing teeth 
  4. Want to avoid a bone graft or sinus lift 
  5. Want to enjoy your new teeth as soon as possible

Zygomatic implants give you another chance at revitalizing your smile and improving your quality of life even after significant bone loss in the upper jaw.

Getting Started with Zygomatic Implants 

The Consultation 

When you are ready to take the next step towards restoring your smile with zygomatic implants, schedule a consultation with our experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Boca Jaw Surgery.

At your initial consultation, we will assess and use advanced technology to take three-dimensional scans (CBCT scans) of your jaw to get a more comprehensive view of your individual needs. Additionally, we will ask you questions to better understand your goals, medical history, current medications, and procedure concerns. These questions help us build you a personalized treatment plan that covers all of your options. 

If you have specific questions or concerns about zygomatic implants, the surgery, or procedure costs, this is an ideal opportunity to discuss those with your doctor. We want to ensure you feel comfortable moving forward with your treatment plan. 

What Should I Do in Preparation? 

Before surgery, your doctor will provide a list of pre-operative instructions. We recommend you follow these instructions closely, as they help encourage a smooth surgery and foster optimal healing during your recovery. 

What is Surgery Like?

On the day of surgery, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will administer local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, or IV sedation to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during the procedure. Then, your surgeon will perform a tooth extraction if this is part of your treatment plan. 

Next, they will anchor the zygomatic implant strategically in your cheekbone (the zygoma) to achieve maximum stability. This technique provides a solid foundation for a full upper arch bridge, delivering a beautifully restored smile. 

Once the zygomatic implants are in place, you will rest in our relaxing recovery room until the anesthesia wears off. We will then discharge you to finish your recovery in the comfort of your own home.

Recovery and Aftercare

On the day of surgery, you can expect mild discomfort as the anesthesia wears off, as well as some swelling, tenderness, and bruising in the treated area. We recommend applying ice compressions for the first couple of days following your procedure to minimize discomfort and swelling. While you may feel nauseous, you can resume eating soft foods, such as oatmeal, pudding, and eggs. Additionally, make sure you drink plenty of fluids. 

In the three to five days following your zygomatic implant surgery, you may experience increased swelling and bruising as your jaw continues to heal, but this should resolve around day five. 

Depending on your recovery rate, your doctor may recommend eating soft foods for a few weeks to three months after your surgery. However, your doctor will provide personalized recovery and aftercare instructions to foster optimal healing and recovery. 

A Teeth 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 Desert Ridge Oral Surgery Institute, 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.

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 Desert Ridge Oral Surgery Institute. 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
  • Affordability
  • 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 Boca Jaw Surgery, 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 Boca Jaw Surgery, 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.

Boca Jaw Surgery 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.