Posted on 11/1/2017 by Dr. Franco
|When it comes to getting dental surgery, one of the more commonly performed procedures is that of the dental implant. There are two main varieties of implants, your traditional implant, and zygomatic implants. Here at BiteLock, our team, led by Dr. Pedro Franco, can help you to find the best implant solution for your personal needs since we know that each patient and procedure is unique. To find out what option is best for you, give us a call today.
What is a Zygomatic Implant?
Traditional implants consist of a small post (generally made of titanium, but can also utilize zirconium instead) that is surgically inserted into the socket left behind by an extracted or otherwise lost a tooth. These are slightly longer and stronger than your natural tooth but act in the same way, supporting a false tooth and stimulating the bone beneath.
A zygomatic implant has much the same results, but a very different structure and installation process. This implant is much longer than your standard implant and is anchored at an angle into your zygoma bone (hence the name). For many, this can mean the difference between being able to have restorative dental surgery and being stuck with missing teeth.
Why is a Zygomatic Implant Different?
This implant is different in physical ways, such as length, placement, and angle. However, they are also different in their versatility and potential for patients. With traditional implants, a certain level of bone density must be maintained. Otherwise, an implant may be rejected or loosened. For many our patients, a bone grafting procedure must be done to rebuild the lost bone and to provide a solid enough base for the implant to take hold.
With some patients, this is not an option, or their bone is simply too far gone to be able to be rescued. In cases like this, patients may find themselves helpless. A zygomatic implant bypasses the need for a bone graft, making implants and denture systems (such as our BiteLock system) a possibility for more people than ever before.
These implants are not constricted by the same boundaries that most implants are. These implants go to your cheekbones rather than your jaw. This has a great amount of density and is unaffected by years of tooth loss in the way that your jaw bones are. This means that those with even severely diminished jawbones can still have new teeth and a newfound confidence. This procedure is significantly faster and less painful, as it cuts out the need for extra procedures, and can give hope to many.
Dr. Pedro Franco here at BiteLock has years of experience. Our team is extremely knowledgeable and can help to answer any and all of your questions. If a zygomatic implant is right for you, you can be sure that we will help guide you through the process so that you can live comfortably and confidently. For more information on how we can help you, give us a call today, and we can set up a consultation.