Teeth are much more susceptible to degradation than one might realize, and in many cases adults often lose teeth in their later years as a result of issues with their oral health, which may or may not include gingivitis, direct tooth decay, or even physical injury or trauma that causes teeth to break loose.
In those cases, a dentist might recommend dental implants. Standard dental implants require the old tooth to be extracted if it is still in place, and in many cases, bone grafting is required to create a solid foundation for the implant itself.
After that, the implant is surgically installed, typically by drilling into the bone of the jaw. Unfortunately, there are some cases where applying a standard dental implant isn’t an option because of advanced degradation in the jaw bone of the patient.
Without a proper foothold in the mouth, dental implants will not adequately perform the job for which they are required. Thankfully, there is a modern dental solution to such an issue, and that solution is a zygomatic dental implant.
Zygomatic Dental Implants Explained
Zygomatic implants were specifically designed to offer those with depleted jaw structures the ability to receive dental implants where they otherwise would be unable. In many cases, thinning bone in the upper jaw prevents standard dental implants, but zygomatic implants are a different story.
These implants are longer and more rigid than the typical dental implant that is drilled into the bone, which allows them to bypass that potentially thinning area so they can be anchored higher on the upper jaw.
The area in question is called the zygoma bone, and it is incredibly dense and supportive compared to the bone where dental implants are traditionally placed. Since the zygoma bone is so much stronger and less likely to degrade, it acts as a perfect foundation for dental implants.
Not only that, but it provides a solution for those who have experienced excessive jawbone degradation. This procedure is state-of-the-art, and it is possible to use the procedure with just about any patient.
In terms of the comparative differences between different full-set implants and zygomatic implants, the final results are often indistinguishable.
Both options are designed to mimic the look, feel, and permanent nature of natural teeth, and they both operate by using existing bone as a foundation for the artificial ‘root’ of the new exposed tooth.
The primary difference between traditional implants and zygomatic implants is the bone location where the base of the implant is placed.
Zygomatic implants are anchored in the dense zygoma bone that runs above the upper jaw below the cheekbone, and traditional implants essentially take the place of the tooth structure, including the root, of the tooth being replaced within the upper jawbone.
Benefits of Zygomatic Dental Implants
There are actually several benefits for those who opt for zygomatic implants as opposed to traditional implants.
First, traditional implants almost always require bone grafts. While that procedure is relatively simple, it requires up to six months of healing time before the actual implants can be installed.
There is no excessive waiting with zygomatic implants since they don’t require bone grafts. The recovery time from start to finish for most zygomatic implant procedures is around four months, which is quite a bit faster than traditional implants.
Once the permanent teeth have been applied, a finishing and restoration process finalizes the procedure. Those who opt for zygomatic implants can often experience results much sooner than those who elect to use traditional implants for their dental repair needs.
Zygomatic Implant Process
One of the most appealing features of the zygomatic implant process is that it can be done entirely in a single surgical procedure.
The implants are placed all at once, and there is no need to return for secondary or follow-up surgeries. There is a bit of unpleasant recovery at first, but that is typically the case with any surgical procedure.
Patients are sedated during the procedure, which can take up to five hours or more depending on the number of implants required, and afterward they are immediately allowed to return home.
An incision is made inside the mouth between the upper lip and jaw, and the titanium implants are installed through the incision.
Call New Teeth Chicago Today
If you or someone you know in the Chicago area could benefit from a consultation regarding zygomatic dental implants, contact New Teeth Chicago today.
Dr. Atcha is an expert in this area, and he can assist with dental implants of just about any style. For a free consultation with Dr. Atcha, call 312-951-8338 or contact us online