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Alternatives For Zygomatic Implants


Posted on 10/31/2017 by Dr. Franco
If you have a low bone density, you may have heard about a graft-less solution in zygomatic implants. Here at BiteLock, Dr. Pedro Franco can help you find the best possible implant solution for your individual needs. We can help to measure the exact bone density of the given area, and determine just how much of an extreme we would have to go to repair the damage. There are different styles of implants to choose from, and we can help you to determine if zygomatic or traditional implants are better options for you.

Zygomatic Implants: An Overview


Zygomatic implants are often a preferred implant process for some of our patients who have undergone severe bone loss due to an extended period of missing teeth or who have used dentures for a long time. These implants are a great option because they can bypass the typical need for bone grafting, as they are placed in the cheekbone rather than the jaw. These are a type of endosteal implants that get placed within your bone. This offers a comprehensive solution plan for patients who may not otherwise be able to get the restorative procedure done.

However, these still have their limits. For example, they can only be placed in the upper jaw, since they reside in the cheekbones rather than the jaw itself. They are also only available in the back part of your mouth where we can access these bones.

Alternatives to Zygomatic Implants


When it comes to other endosteal implants that can provide the same level of stability, you are stuck with a more traditional type of implant. This means that a bone graft may be necessary if you are suffering from severe bone loss. If you are working in an area that may have less loss, rather than using a two-piece titanium implant, we may be able to angle it just so that we can avoid that extra surgery as well, but that is entirely based on an individual consultation with each patient. A bone graft, if necessary, can make the process longer and potentially more painful, but if you have problems in the front of your mouth or the lower jaw, it may be your only option for an implant secured within the bone.

However, there are also subperiosteal implants. These sit below the surface of your gums but remain on the surface of your bone. This means that you would again not have to undergo surgery to rebuild the area if you have a diminished or very shallow jaw bone. These, though, may not be quite as stable as ones that have gone through a fusion with the bone.

Dr. Pedro Franco can help you to find the best possible implant for your needs. We can do an in-depth consultation including bone density scans and more to find out what you are eligible for and to walk you through the steps of any proposed procedure. BiteLock is a great place to come for your dental implant needs, so please give us a call today.

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

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