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Zygomatic Dental Implants

Dr. Rana and staff examining digital x-ray at The Implant Center at Comprehensive Dental in Lincoln Park, NJ Zygomatic dental implants are a specialized type of dental implant, specifically designed for patients who have extensive bone loss in the upper jaw. When teeth are lost, the roots no longer stimulate bone growth in the jaw. Over time, this leads to bone resorption. Patients who have this problem cannot choose traditional dental implants without undergoing a bone graft procedure first. However, zygomatic implants offer a solution to restore the form and function of a patient's smile without bone grafts.

Anatomy and Placement

The zygomatic bone is a dense, sturdy bone structure located in the upper and lateral part of the face that forms the cheek. Zygomatic implants are longer than conventional implants. They range from 30 to 52.5 mm, and are anchored in the cheekbone, which provides a secure foundation despite a compromised jawbone.

Zygomatic implants are placed through a precise surgical procedure. The implants pass through the upper jaw and sinus (or avoiding it in some techniques) and anchor securely into the cheekbone. This technique bypasses the need for bone grafting, which is required to place traditional implants for patients with severe bone loss in the jaw.

3D x-ray rendering of zygomatic implants placed in the upper jaw

Should I get Zygomatic Implants?

Zygomatic implants are used for multiple reasons:
•  Patients with severe jawbone resorption.
•  Patients who have had conventional implants fail.
•  Patients with defects in the jaw, usually due to trauma.
•  Congenital anomalies resulting in jawbone deficiency.

The greatest advantage of zygomatic implants is their ability to provide immediate loading. This means that patients receive their permanent, implant supported crowns soon after their placement surgery. This restores the appearance and function of the smile quickly, and permanently. Our patients' quality of life is enhanced by reducing the wait time, and the number of procedures needed for dental implants.

Surgical Techniques

Several surgical techniques have been developed for the placement of zygomatic implants, including:

Classical Technique

This involves placing the implant through the sinus, and into the zygomatic bone.

Extra-Sinus Technique

The implant is placed lateral to the sinus to avoid sinus related complications.

Implant Supported Dentures

For patients with extreme atrophy, four zygomatic implants (two on each side) are placed to support an implant supported denture.

The choice of technique depends on the unique needs of the patient.

Complications and Management

Like any surgical procedure, zygomatic implants carry potential risks and complications. These may include:
•  Sinusitis or sinus related issues.
•  Implant failure due to infection or insufficient osseointegration.
•  Soft tissue complications.
•  Nerve injury is rare, but zygomatic implants are placed near the infraorbital nerve.

Management of these complications involves careful planning, precise surgical execution, and appropriate aftercare. Advances in imaging techniques greatly enhance the accuracy of implant placement and reduce the risk of complications.

Zygomatic dental implants are a groundbreaking solution for patients with severe bone density loss in the upper jaw. These implants have revolutionized the approach to complex dental rehabilitation. Surgical techniques and implant designs continue to evolve, and the predictability and success of zygomatic implants continue to improve. This offers hope and a renewed quality of life for patients who once thought that dental implants were not an option.
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Zygomatic Dental Implants Lincoln Park NJ
Zygomatic dental implants are placed into your cheekbone, also known as your zygoma, the wait time of traditional dental implants. Call today to schedule!
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