What are Zyogmatic Implants?
The development of Zygomatic/Ptyergoid implants presents a unique alternative for the severely resorbed upper jaw, with only one surgical procedure and without the need for extensive bone grafting which is usually taken usually from the hip and involves several days at hospital. This procedure has helped patients all over the world who would otherwise not be able to have fixed or stable teeth and almost be termed as dental cripples.
Patients who have been told that they cannot have dental implants in the upper jaw due to the lack of bone or do not want to undergo lengthy bone grafting procedures can now benefit from an excellent alternative in the shape of Zygomatic implants. These were developed by Professor Branemark (the father of modern of dental implantology) approximately 20 years ago in Sweden. Zygomatic implants are much longer than normal dental implants and they are placed into a firm bone called the Zygoma (cheekbone) which is further back in the mouth hence the need for a longer implant. These have had an incredibly high success rate and Dr Ubhi has had training for this in the UK, Belgium and South Africa.
The usual number required is two Zygomatic implants placed in the posterior region (back of upper jaw) along with a minimum of 2 or 3 conventional rootform implants in the anterior maxilla (front of upper jaw). In some advanced cases up to 4 Zygomatic implants can be placed and we recommend in most cases fixed bridgework on top of the implants to replace the missing teeth.
A consultation with both Dr Ubhi and Dr Bhirth is required, as well a CT scan of the jaw (which we are able to do at the practice) to assess the suitability of the procedure for each patient individually. The actual process for the Zygomatic implants is similar to the conventional technique for replacement of all the upper teeth as we start by designing the upper teeth individually. Once all the aesthetics, shape, size, colour match and the facial support of the fixed teeth has been finalised then the placement of the Zygomatic implants can be carried out.
The procedure is carried out under local anaesthesetic combined with intra-venous sedation to give a more relaxed experience. In certain cases we are able to provide fixed teeth in a day, so the patient leaves the practice with fixed teeth and is able to eat with their new teeth on the same day.
The Benefits of Zyogmatic Implants
- Only one surgical procedure
- No need for bone grafting
- Sedation for a more relaxed experience
- Fixed teeth in a day