Complete Your Missing Smile With Zygomatic Implants
If you’ve lost teeth and been told you aren’t a candidate for dental implants due to severe bone resorption (loss) in your upper jaw, you may have given up hope on a permanent fix for your smile. Perhaps you’ve tried partial or complete dentures and aren’t happy with them. The good news is that your days of struggling with missing teeth and/or ill-fitting dentures may be over! Our oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Afolabi Ogunleye offers zygomatic dental implants in Papillon, NE. In fact, Premier Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is one of a small number of oral surgery practices in the U.S. to offer these specialized implants. In addition to making dental implants a reality for patients with severe bone loss, zygomatic implants are an option when conventional implants, sinus augmentation or grafting procedures are unsuccessful. They’re also used for more complex smile rehabilitation after trauma-related or oral tumor surgery.
Zygomatic Dental implants Require Advanced Skills
Although zygomatic implants were first introduced in 1989 and have been used for several decades with excellent clinical outcomes, placement requires meticulous diagnostic planning and significant surgical training and experience. Challenges include the long drilling distance to the zygomatic bone (cheekbone) and the need to protect critical adjacent anatomical structures, such as the sinuses. One of the key factors to success is accurate identification and precise placement of implants in areas of the zygomatic bone with the greatest density.
What Are Zygomatic Dental Implants?
Unlike conventional dental implants that are secured in the jawbone, zygomatic dental implants are surgically placed in the zygomatic bone. This strong and stable facial bone enables proper fusion (osseointegration) of dental implants without the need for bone grafting or sinus lifts. Once the implants fuse with your cheekbones, they provide an excellent foundation for a fixed upper zirconia bridge. While standard dental implants measure 10 to 15mm long, a zygomatic dental implant can be as long as 50mm. The additional length allows the implant to extend the necessary distance for replacement teeth to fit into the mouth. Zygomatic implants provide the following benefits when they’re placed by an oral surgeon with the right training and expertise:
What to Expect When You Get Zygomatic Implants
In addition to advanced skills in implant dentistry, Dr. Ogunleye has the training and credentials to administer general anesthesia and IV sedation in the comfort of our office, should you require it. As with any dental implant surgery performed at Premier Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, the first step is an oral examination and scan using cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). The scan is done to analyze your bone structure, nerve tissue and sinus cavities, and to help guide implant placement. Placed near your bicuspid teeth (fourth and fifth teeth from the center of the mouth to the back of your mouth), the pain associated with placement of the extra-long zygomatic implants is about the same as regular bone grafting. For patients with severe bone resorption in Papillon, NE, zygomatic dental implants will introduce a better quality of life with a complete smile and full oral function, often for a lifetime!