Zygomatic Dental Implants
A Bone Grafting Alternative
For those who have been told that they do not have enough bone mass to support dental implants, Zygomatic implants are a revolutionary solution. First introduced in Europe in 1988 and then the United States in 1998, this procedure has a long-standing success rate for those with the most severe form of bone loss.
Zygomatic Implants—How do they work?
We implement the latest technology in all of our procedures and use a CBCT cone beam 3D scan and a detailed exam and consult to evaluate your sinuses and make sure the drainage passages are open.
Once we’ve fully evaluated your case and we’re ready to move forward, we anchor extra-long implants in the zygoma (the cheekbone) which is a thick and solid bone near the sinus. During this process, in addition to 1-2 zygoma implants, 2-4 regular implants are typically placed towards the front of the jaw, where the upper front teeth used to be.
The Benefits of Zygomatic Implants
Safe and predictable, zygomatic implants are a routine surgery performed every day by our highly skilled surgeons, Dr. Dieter J. Moya and Dr. Blake D. Maida at Houston Oral Surgery Associates. The advantages provided by this cutting-edge procedure include:
- Immediate results—Patients leave with fully functioning fixed teeth.
- Elimination of an upper denture
- No bone grafting needed
- Reduced time necessary for future implants and upper jaw restoration
- Comfort— full range of sedation/anesthesia options up to general anesthesia
- Quick recovery time
- One appointment—extraction of natural teeth and placement of zygomatic implants
Who can place zygomatic implants?
The surgical skill involved in placing zygomatic implants requires extensive expertise, experience, and training, so the procedure isn’t common. However, at Houston Oral Surgery Associates, our doctors have been formally trained in zygomatic placement and have perfected the craft of carefully placing each zygomatic implant.
Do zygomatic implants hurt?
The discomfort associated with zygomatic implants is similar to regular bone grafting procedures. Your safety and comfort is our primary concern, and our doctors administer special anti-inflammatory medications via IV sedation which reduces any post-operative pain. You may experience some degree of bruising, but most of our patients are surprised by how easy their recovery is. Any mild pain can be easily managed with over the counter pain medications, like Ibuprofen and Tylenol. Stronger pain medication is prescribed, as necessary.
Houston Oral Surgery Associates offers the life-changing solution of zygomatic implants to those who have lost teeth in the upper jaw but have found the option of implant placement to be eliminated because of severe bone loss.