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Zygomatic Implant Process


Posted on 11/1/2017 by Dr. Franco
Dental implants are becoming more and more common, and we know all about the newest advances in the area here at BiteLock. Our team is led by Dr. Pedro Franco, and we work hard to make sure that our patients have the most cutting edge care possible, and are as comfortable as they can be. We can answer any questions you have about your upcoming procedure or implants in general, so give us a call. If you are getting zygomatic implants, we want you to be confident in your process, so we have compiled some general information you may find helpful.

What is a Zygomatic Implant?


When you get a dental implant, a post is surgically installed into the bone in your mouth to anchor a false tooth above the gum’s surface. In the most traditional implants, this is done in the jaw bone, and the post we use is very small but strong. With zygomatic implants, the post is much longer. These are particularly helpful because they can be anchored in your cheekbones rather than in your jaw. This makes them stronger, allows them to heal more quickly, gives them the ability to be loaded with prosthetics immediately, and bypasses the need for a bone graft in severely diminished jaws.

The Process


Getting your zygomatic implants can make for an apprehensive time, as these are not quite as well-known of an option as their standard counterparts. However, we can assure you that you have nothing to fear. When you come in for your appointment, we are going to scan your face. The use of a CBCT scan, or a cone beam computed tomography scan, will allow us to have a very clear image of what your cheekbone looks like inside and out. This eliminates the need for a more expansive surgery to be able to see everything inside. Once we have determined the exact size and shape of the area, we can proceed.

We will likely anchor two zygomatic implants at that time, while you are under anesthesia, on either side of your mouth. These will go into the zygoma bone and are on the outsides of your sinuses. We will likely also install two to four standard implants toward the front where bone loss is less likely to be as extreme. From this point, we can immediately load a prosthetic to the implants, allowing you to have a bright new BiteLock smile in just a one-day procedure. This significantly cuts back on time and pain levels. You will be able to go home shortly after we make sure that your vitals are back to normal and there are no adverse effects.

Dr. Pedro Franco has years of experience, leaving you in incredibly capable and knowledgeable hands. You can rest easy knowing that BiteLock will take great care of you and there is no reason to fear your upcoming zygomatic implants. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call today, and we can set up a consultation and get all of your questions answered right away.

PEDRO F. FRANCO, DDS
HOWARD B. PRICE, DDS

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