Zygomatic Dental Implants
Dr. Chaudhry Can Restore Your Smile
One of the leading causes of jawbone deterioration is missing teeth. If this is one of the obstacles holding you back from receiving dental implants, Dr. Chaudhry can help. Traditionally, patients would need to undergo a supplemental procedure to restore their jawbone density before the placement of dental implants.
However, at Lehigh Valley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, we offer zygomatic dental implants. With zygomatic dental implants, you can skip the bone grafting procedure and we can restore your smile in just one appointment.
Read on to learn more about zygomatic dental implants and if they’re the solution you’ve been waiting for.
What Are Zygomatic Dental Implants?
Zygomatic dental implants are similar to traditional dental implants but lengthier. This extra length extends to the zygomatic bone in your upper jaw, securing your new teeth without the need for a bone graft. Best of all, with zygomatic implants, you’ll leave your first appointment with a fully functional smile.
Though the restorations we attach at your first appointment are only temporary, the zygomatic implant process provides you with permanent replacement teeth up to three times faster than with traditional dental implants.
Zygomatic Dental Implant Benefits
With zygomatic dental implants, patients receive a variety of benefits, including:
- No Bone Graft – As a result of their specialized design, zygomatic implants never require patients to undergo a bone grafting procedure. So patients who suffer from jawbone deterioration can qualify immediately.
- Immediate Function – You’ll leave your first appointment with a natural-looking, fully functional set of temporary teeth.
- Faster Treatment – The total treatment time for zygomatic dental implants is about three months, as opposed to six to nine months with traditional implants.
- Flexibility – With a range of different implant lengths and abutments available, zygomatic dental implants allow for greater flexibility when choosing your prosthetic tooth.
- High Success Rate – A long-term study published in 2014 found that zygomatic implants have a survival rate of 95 percent after ten years.
How Zygomatic Dental Implants Work
Zygomatic dental implants are intended to replace teeth in the upper jaw. They’re most often used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, severely damaged or decayed teeth, or teeth that have become extremely loose due to severe gum disease.
This type of implant is named for the bone that it’s implanted to. More specifically, they’re placed into the zygomatic bone, or more commonly known as the cheekbone. The zygomatic bone is much denser and provides a solid anchor point for the implant.
When zygomatic implants are placed, they’re strategically angled in the zygomatic bone. The dense composition of this bone along with the way it’s placed allows a dental prosthetic to immediately be loaded onto the dental implants during surgery. This means that you won’t have to go without teeth while the implants heal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are zygomatic dental implants painful?
There’s minimal pain associated with zygomatic dental implants. In fact, most patients are surprised to find how painless and easy the entire procedure is. Most patients won’t need prescription painkillers as over-the-counter medications, such as Tylenol and ibuprofen, work well. It’s also helpful to use a cold compress over the affected area to minimize swelling and discomfort.
Who is a candidate for zygomatic dental implants?
Patients who don’t have enough bone structure for traditional dental implants are ideal candidates for zygomatic dental implants. However, it’s still necessary to receive a consultation where your mouth and bone structure is evaluated to determine if it’s the best restorative option.
Your Journey to a New Smile Starts Here
If you want to learn more about zygomatic implants and how they can benefit you, contact one of our two offices in Lehigh Valley and schedule a consultation with Dr. Chaudhry — we’ll be happy to answer all your questions and provide the quality dental care you deserve. We look forward to meeting you!