A critical element of dental implant success is the availability of adequate bone mass to anchor the implants and support the osseointegration process, in which the dental implants fuse with the jaw bone. In the past, patients with severe bone loss may have needed to undergo a bone graft surgery first or they might have been ruled out as dental implant candidates, meaning they’d have to settle for poor fitting dentures.
Even if they have extensive jawbone atrophy, Chicago patients who desire dental implants now can turn to new technology to fulfill their treatment goals.
With Zygomatic dental implants, this implant dentist, who is a dual degree oral maxillofacial surgeon, secures the implant from inside the mouth to the cheekbone (also known as the zygoma). While the standard dental implant is between 10 and 15 mm long, a zygomatic dental implant is up to 50 mm in length, allowing it to extend the needed distance for the replacement tooth or teeth to fit into the oral cavity.
Because the cheek has more than enough bone material to facilitate the dental implant’s osseointegration, the need for a bone graft or sinus augmentation prior to implant placement is eliminated.
This advanced Chicago dental implant technique is a particularly useful strategy for patients who need to have an implant placed toward the rear of the upper jaw, as resorption tends to progress most rapidly in that vicinity. The cheekbone offers an ideal alternate location for a dental implant intended to anchor an artificial arch of teeth and provide rear stability to a dental implant bridge or denture in Chicago.
A temporary artificial crown or arch of artificial teeth can sometimes be placed the same day that the implant is inserted. After 4-6 months, when the implants have fused fully with the bone, a permanent arch can be placed.
In using zygomatic dental implants, this Chicago implant dentist will plan the surgery by taking a CT scan of the patient’s jaw and then using three-dimensional computer software to guide the actual implant placement procedure.
If you are interested in dental implants but are concerned that you do not have enough jawbone for the procedure, talk with our Chicago implant dentistry team about zygomatic dental implants. They may be a solution in your case. Call 312.328.9000 and schedule your consultation today.