Have you expressed an interest in dental implants but been told that you’re not the best candidate for treatment due to lack of bone density in the jaw? Sometimes, there is a lack of strong bone tissue in the jaw to support traditional implants, but that doesn’t always mean that you’ll need a bone graft or that you can’t have implants. There may be other solutions, such as mini implants and zygomatic implants.
Zygomatic implants are implants that can be used to replace missing teeth in the upper arch. These implants are longer than traditional dental implants and they anchor new teeth from sockets in the cheekbones, or the zygoma, rather than the jaw bone. Using the strong bone tissue in the cheekbones eliminates the need for grafting and makes implants a viable solution for a wider range of patients.
Dental implants offer many benefits for patients who have lost their natural teeth and they are an excellent long-term solution. With zygomatic implants, you won’t have to worry about eating in public or giving up your favourite foods, you can enjoy a natural-looking, healthy smile and you won’t have the worry of wearing ill-fitting, uncomfortable dentures. The implants secure bridges, which create aesthetically pleasing smiles and offer you all the functionality of natural teeth.
Zygomatic implants are placed under local anaesthetic or sedation. Sedation may be recommended for nervous patients. It is not the same as general anaesthetic, but it will ensure that you feel completely relaxed during the procedure. When the anaesthetic or sedative has taken effect, your dentist will create a small opening in the bone tissue and this will hold the implant. It is sometimes possible to place the new teeth on the same day as the implant and your dentist can provide you with more details about the treatment process and the timeline when you have your consultation.
If you thought you couldn’t have dental implants, we may have an option that will work. Call us today to find out more!
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