What are Zygomatic Implants?
Zygomatic implants are a Swedish surgical technique which allows us to offer implants to patients who have suffered from a great deal of bone and gum loss in the past. Normally, we’d have to recommend bone graft surgery before such a patient could attempt an implant. This meant more time, expense, and surgical risks on the part of the patient. Zygomatic implants solve this problem by allowing implant placement within the course of a single surgery.
Zygomatic implants are longer than traditional implants, which means we can anchor them to two places: the upper jawbone, or your cheekbone (the zygoma bone). Upper jaw bone loss becomes less of a problem simply because we have more options for inducing osseointegration.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Zygoma Implant?
Generally, we will recommend a zygoma implant in three distinct cases:
- You are missing all or most of your teeth. If this is the case you are likely to have severe jawbone deterioration, making traditional implants more of a challenge.
- You have a severe periodontal condition which has created too much bone and gum loss for a traditional implant to work.
- You require implants in your upper jawbone. Typically, this is a very challenging location even for the healthiest of patients. That’s because your upper jawbone is very close to your sinuses, and the upper jawbone tends to be weaker than the lower jaw bone. Zygomatic implants solve this problem by affixing the implant to the cheekbone when necessary.