Fractures, tooth decay, and periodontal disease are all possible reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted. After having a tooth extracted, it’s essential to replace it with a dental implant to restore tooth function and aesthetics.
Dental implants consist of titanium posts that are fixed into the bone of the jaw. These implants are later restored with a crown that facilitates chewing while providing the appearance of a natural tooth. Along with the obvious benefits that dental implants provide, they preserve the bone they’ve integrated with, which prevents bone loss.
When Are Zygoma Implants Needed?
Since dental implants require a significant volume of bone for placement, not all patients are candidates for traditional implants. Once a tooth has been extracted, the bone begins to decrease in volume. With time, the bony ridge that makes up the upper jaw resorbs, leaving poor bone quality for implant placement. If dental implants are attempted in patients with poor bone quality, sinus augmentation may be required. Zygoma implants may be considered in such cases, but must be placed by a skilled surgeon, like Dr. Tadros.
Zygoma is the anatomical term for the cheekbone. These implants utilize the cheekbone for integration, rather than the bone of the upper jaw. As a result, this technique is an excellent option for patients who have had missing teeth for a prolonged period.
With zygoma implants, one or several teeth can be replaced with an implant-supported denture or bridge. Additionally, zygoma implants don’t require bone grafting.
If you’re struggling with missing teeth, the highly skilled surgeons at Dental Implant Solutionz are trained in the most effective and reliable techniques to place zygoma implants. Contact us to schedule a consultation!