What Is A Zygomatic Implant
Your smile says volumes about you, but refusing to show it due to unwanted tooth loss can communicate things about you that may not reflect your true personality. Nobody should have to feel ashamed or held back by gaps in their smile, but for the millions of Americans who are suffering from missing teeth, this is their reality. To complicate it further, not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants, further limiting them. Fortunately, zygomatic implants can restore your smile even if you have bone loss in your mouth, and we here at ImplantWide are pleased to offer this to our patients to help them start to feel happy and confident once more.
What Do I Need to Know about Zygomatic Implants?
Tooth loss often leads to a host of problems, starting with diminishing self-esteem and cascading into bigger issues, such as jaw pain, poor bite force, and further tooth and bone loss. When you lose teeth, your remaining teeth can start to shift into the space left behind, causing them to become weak and fall out. You may also sustain bone loss, and your face can take on a sunken, hollow appearance.
Nobody likes to be told that they are not a good candidate for dental implants, but the fact is, if you have severe bone loss in your mouth, you may not be able to get traditional dental implants. Dental implants are made up of three components: the post (the actual implant itself), the abutment (the part that attaches the implant to the prosthesis), and the restoration (the crown, or the part that resembles a tooth). To place an implant, we first start by surgically placing the titanium post directly underneath your gums, into your jaw bone. In the cases where our patients do not have adequate bone, however, the post may not be able to be secured.
If you do not have enough bone in your jaw, do not despair! You may still be a candidate for zygomatic implants. Instead of being placed into your jawbone, a zygomatic implant instead is placed into the zygoma bone, the stronger, sturdier bone above your normal jawbone. This bone is denser and more likely to be able to support the implant, giving people who do not have enough bone in their normal jawbone a chance at dental implants.
Not only are zygomatic implants a great option for those who have bone loss, but they are also faster to place, giving our patients a shorter waiting time to restore their smile. Bone grafts can take months for recovery, but with zygomatic implants, the wait time is reduced to as little as four months. The need for invasive surgery is also greatly reduced, making this process more streamlined and comfortable for our patients.
If you have been thinking about dental implants, but you are concerned that you may not be a good candidate for them, we would love to discuss zygomatic implants further with you. To learn more about this groundbreaking technology and how it can benefit you, or to schedule a consultation with our skilled dental staff, please give us a call here at ImplantWide at (630) 394-9787 today!