Sarasota Zygomatic Dental Implants

What is a Zygomatic Implant?

Conventional root-form dental implants are the most sought-after solution to missing teeth. They restore function and support a beautiful smile while preserving facial contours and bone density. However, some individuals who have had missing teeth for an extended period have already lost a significant amount of jawbone density. If they do not have enough bone to support traditional implants and prefer to or are unable to undergo significant bone grafting reconstruction of the upper jaw, then zygomatic implants are an alternative to support an upper prosthesis. Zygomatic implant is a titanium dental implant that is anchored within the cheekbone (zygoma).

 

Zygomatic Implants: The Solution for Patients with Significant Bone Loss

Patients with insufficient bone volume to support a root-form dental implant or significant bone grafting techniques often assume removable prosthetic dentures are the only solution. However, zygomatic implants are an alternative that is specifically designed for individuals with extensive upper jawbone  (maxilla) deterioration. Zygomatic implants are placed in the cheekbones rather than the jawbone, eliminating the need for bone grafting.

 

Zygomatic implants can significantly improve the quality of life for patients who have previously been turned down for traditional implants due to loss of jawbone density, malformation of the jawbone, or other issues that may hinder the successful placement of conventional implants.

 

Zygomatic Implant vs. Traditional Implant

A zygomatic implant is longer than a conventional root-form dental implant because it is placed at an angle along the upper jawbone (maxilla) and extends further into the cheekbone (zygoma), which provides a stronger and more robust stability and support. The cheekbone has a much greater bone density often lacking in the maxilla.

Conventional root-form Grade 4 titanium dental implants are commonly used; and for the patient with titanium allergies, there are ceramic dental implant options. For zygomatic implants, there are only Grade 4 titanium designs.

While both options have high success rates, there is not a long-term higher success rate with zygomatic implants than bone grafting or sinus lifting with placement of traditional dental implants. These are different options for

Zygomatic Implant Benefits

  • No additional healing time is needed as compared to regenerative bone grafting to support conventional dental implants.
  • Zygomatic implants offer greater stability and support due to denser bone anchorage.
  • During zygomatic implant surgery, your oral surgeon makes cosmetic incisions within the gums inside the mouth. No incisions are made on the face. The surgeon drills places the implant into the cheekbone, then dissolvable sutures are used.

Recovery

After zygomatic implant surgery, patients need to rest at home for the first few days. There will be some bruising, swelling, and moderate discomfort for up to a 1-2 weeks. This is easily controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers. Ice packs help for the first 48 hours, then warm compressed applied to the face. We will provide detailed post-operative care instructions following surgery.

Zygomatic Implant Cost

The best way to get an accurate idea of your cost is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lyman. After a thorough 3-dimensional CBCT facial scan and physical exam, he will review your treatment solutions with you and give you an accurate quote based on your needs.

Zygomatic Implant FAQs

How long do zygomatic implants last?

Contrary to what some marketing may claim for lifetime for 3 to 5-year period, there is no literature-based guaranteed life expectancy for dental implants or zygomatic implants. This may likely be a business-related concept. Due to multiple patient-specific variables such as hygiene, biting forces, and health-related conditions in addition to technology design, the length of dental or zygomatic implants success long-term may vary. The goal is similar to that of crowns or dental prosthetic attachments to last 10 years or longer.

Who places zygomatic implants?

Not everyone who placed zygomatic implants are oral surgeons. Some dentists such as periodontists and general dentists also may purchase and place these medical devices. However, the recommendation is for zygomatic implants to be placed by certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons due to the expanded and advanced scope of training of a maxillofacial surgeon to recognize, prevent, manage, and treat the possible complications that may extend beyond the implants or mouth into the face, cheek, eye or other adjacent facial structures.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Lyman to learn more about zygomatic implants and whether they are right solution for your needs. Contact our office a 941-212-2328 to arrange for your consultation.

 

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