Tooth loss can make you feel self-conscious. That self-consciousness can range from a reluctance to smile or even the awareness that your speech has changed. Along with difficulty eating, you may find yourself avoiding people. You want to replace those missing teeth with implants, but there are issues.
If X-rays show you have lost too much bone in the upper jaw, that does not mean implants are out of the question. Severe bone loss in the upper jaw means such patients are not candidates for traditional implant procedures. However, zygomatic implants are an alternative.
At Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery in Newton, we can improve your smile, chewing, and speaking ability with zygomatic implants. Walk out of the office with beautiful new teeth.
Zygomatic Implant Candidates
Besides bone loss, zygomatic implants are appropriate for patients dealing with failed dental implants or bone grafts. They are also suitable for those whose mouth suffered from trauma, such as after a severe car accident. Those who have undergone oral tumor resection may find zygomatic implants the best way to restore teeth functionally and aesthetics.
These implants get their name because, unlike traditional implants placed in the jawbone, zygomatic implants are placed in the strong and sturdy cheekbone near the upper jaw. Zygoma is the cheekbone’s formal name.
These implants consist of three parts. The first is the implant itself, made of titanium. The implants are placed in the cheekbone, where they fuse with the bone over time. The abutment is the second part, a connection between the implant and the dental arch. The third element is the prosthesis or arch. These are the natural-looking teeth.
What to Expect During the Procedure
3D scanning permits maximum accuracy for zygomatic implants. The minimally invasive procedure is usually performed under IV sedation. Because zygomatic implants are longer than traditional implants, more drilling is necessary.
Zygomatic Implant Benefits
Patients with extensive bone loss would typically require bone grafting to receive traditional implants– which means multiple surgeries. In addition, there is always the possibility of graft rejection. When bone grafting is involved, healing may take six months to nine months or more. With zygomatic implants, healing and recovery are much faster.
Further, patients have functional teeth immediately after the procedure. You will see an immediate improvement in your appearance, as well as the ability to chew. This initial bridge is temporary. After approximately four months of healing, you receive the permanent restoration. Finally, the safety and success rate of zygomatic implants is quite high.
Contact us for a consultation
If lack of bone has prevented you from replacing missing teeth, help is at hand with zygomatic implants. If you would like more information about zygomatic implants in Newtown, contact Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery today. Schedule a consultation, and we will answer all of your questions. Let us help you enjoy a comfortable life.