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My teeth were starting to deteriorate, and I was running out of options to repair them. The dentist gave me a choice. I could wait until the bone loss was so bad that I would have to have my teeth removed and get dentures, or I could have them removed now and get dental implants. I opted for the implants. If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, you probably have a lot of questions. I love mine, but they took some getting used to. In this blog, I’m sharing my experience and all the information that I picked up throughout my implant experience. You can find out what the procedure entails, how to prepare for your implants, and how to care for them once they’re in.


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Understanding Zygomatic Implants

by Alfredo Moore

Are you looking for a way to replace your missing teeth without having to undergo bone grafting or sinus lifts? If so, zygomatic implants may be the solution for you.

Zygomatic implants are implants that are positioned in the cheekbone, which is also known as the zygoma. Traditional implants rest in the jawbone.

They are designed for people who have insufficient jawbone material in the upper jaw and cannot support traditional implants. Here is some information about zygomatic to help you better understand them.

How Do Zygomatic Implants Work?

Zygomatic implants are inserted through the gum tissue and into the zygomatic bone. They are longer than conventional implants and can provide a stable base for a fixed prosthesis.

The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and usually takes about two hours. The oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the zygomatic bone and then drill a hole through it. Next, they will insert the implant and attach a temporary prosthesis to it.

Like traditional implants, the zygomatic implant will fuse with the bone over time and become integrated with the tissue.

What Are the Advantages of Zygomatic Implants?

Zygomatic implants provide multiple benefits for patients who suffer from severe bone loss in the upper jaw. Here are some of them.

No Bone Grafts Required

Zygomatic implants eliminate the need for bone grafts or sinus lifts, which are additional procedures that can increase the cost, time, and risk of complications of a dental implant treatment. Bone grafting involves taking bone from another part of the body or from a donor and placing it in the jaw to increase the bone volume and density. Sinus lifts involve lifting the sinus membrane and filling the space underneath with bone graft material. Both procedures can take several months to heal before implants can be placed.

Shorter Treatment Time

Zygomatic implants allow for immediate loading of a prosthesis, which means that the patient can have a new set of teeth on the same day of surgery. This reduces the number of visits and the waiting time compared to traditional implant treatment.

Improved Quality of Life

Zygomatic implants can restore the function and aesthetics of the mouth, allowing the patient to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. They can also improve the facial appearance by preventing further bone loss and sagging of the cheeks.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Zygomatic Implants?

Zygomatic implants are suitable for patients who have severe bone loss in the upper jaw due to trauma, disease, infection, or long-term denture wear. They are also ideal for patients who want to avoid bone grafting or sinus lifts or who have medical conditions that contraindicate these procedures.

To determine if you are a good candidate for zygomatic implants, consult with an experienced oral surgeon in your local area.