Zygomatic Implants For Patients with Severe Jaw Bone Loss.
At CDIC, we now treat an even wider variety of patients who are missing teeth in their upper jaw with Zygomatic Implants.
Following gum disease and tooth loss, the part of the jawbone (alveolar bone) that houses the tooth root keeping them in place is lost through a process described as bone resorption. The rate at which this bone is lost varies from person to person, but the one constant is, over time most of the alveolar bone will disappear making it very difficult or almost impossible to place conventional dental implants.
What Happened In The Past….
Traditionally, a patient who had lost their alveolar bone would require extensive bone grafting procedures before conventional dental implants could be placed. The grafts were often sourced from the hipbone and required a few days of recuperation in hospital and the use of crutches as walking aides following the procedure. These patients were further restricted for extended periods of time during the healing phase of their treatment, unable to wear their dentures and then having to undergo further surgeries for the placement of the implants and sometimes more grafting. Another concern that we have with these bone grafts is that the grafted bone may also resorb, compromising the long-term stability of the implants and teeth.
Nowadays these extensive grafting procedures are no longer required for the treatment of patients who are missing all of their teeth. With the use of ‘Zygomatic Implants’, it is now possible to restore patients with a full permanent set of teeth within a day of having the zygomatic implants placed.
The zygomatic implants are long titanium screws that are placed in the back of the upper jaw and run along the side of the cheek bone (zygomatic arch). These implants can be placed in a variety of arrangements; one on each side, two on each side or in some special cases, just a single zygomatic implant. Following a careful analysis of the remaining jawbone, the plan of zygomatic implants will be made and the decision as whether or not to place additional conventional implants may also be made.
The teeth that are placed on these zygomatic implants are very similar to those that are used in our ‘All On 4’ procedures. So now, patients who have previously been told by their dentist or surgeon that they don’t have enough bone for dental implants or need extensive grafting before conventional implants can be placed, are successfully treated at CDIC with Zygomatic Implants.