Rebuilding Your Smile with Zygomatic Implants: What You Need to Know

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Do you have a severely deteriorated upper jaw with partial or full tooth loss? It shouldn’t keep you from the joy of eating with confidence! Dental implants are made exactly for this purpose – to give you a near-perfect alternative to lost teeth! While you may not be able to get traditional implants because of severe bone loss, you may still reclaim all the blessings of having teeth with Zygomatic Implants!

Zygomatic dental implants are a relatively recent development in the world of restorative dentistry, which is why there’s less awareness about them compared to other types of implants. It’s indeed a great way of rebuilding your smile, specifically tailored to meet the needs of people who are deemed unfit for traditional implants. 

This blog will answer all your questions, including how much Zygomatic Implants cost, how they work, and what benefits they may carry.

What Are Zygomatic Implants: A Quick Overview 

Zygomatic Implants are a dental restorative option designed for patients who have severe bone loss in the upper jaw (maxilla) due to whatever reason (could be due to periodontal disease, trauma, or any other reason). Such people are usually not considered fit for receiving traditional implants, as traditional implants necessitate the presence of adequate ‘jaw’ bone mass for proper support and healing. This is where zygomatic implants come into play — instead of depending on the jawbone, they instead make use of the ‘cheek’ bone (also known as Zygomatic bone, hence the name) for support and healing. In this treatment, a few implants are inserted into the cheekbones, after which a permanent prosthesis (either a denture or a bridge) is attached to these implants. 

Zygomatic Implants are not only indicated in cases where patients have severe bone loss in the upper jaw; they’re also indicated in situations where certain pre-surgery procedures (such as sinus lift and bone grafting) are required but can’t be performed. Zygomatic Implants skip these procedures altogether, making the process of implant placement quicker. 

In a nutshell, it’s the best option (with a high success rate) for people who are looking to get permanent teeth replacement but can’t get it via the traditional implant route.

How Do Zygomatic Implants Work – The Process 

The process of Zygomatic Implants placement can be broken down into three phases: 1) Diagnostics & Planning, 2) Implant Placement Surgery, and 3) Prosthesis Placement. These phases are discussed briefly as follows:

Diagnostics & Planning 

The surgical procedure for the placement of Zygomatic Implants is a complex one, requiring very precise planning and execution. Before the surgery, your dentist would perform diagnostic procedures such as CT Scans and X-rays to assess your bone structure and density. This assessment will give your surgeon the necessary information to decide the best sites for implant insertion, the ideal implant length, the appropriate angulation for implant placement, and other key surgical aspects. This is a crucial stage, as it allows your dentist to decide whether you’re actually suitable for Zygomatic Implants and how much the chance of treatment success is in your case.

Implant Placement Surgery 

After the imaging and diagnostics are done, your dentist will proceed to the implant placement surgery. This is a complex surgery and is usually performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s pain tolerance levels and overall preferences. During this stage, incisions are made in your gums so that your cheekbone may be accessed for the surgery. Then, implants are carefully inserted into the cheekbones as planned. Since these implants are not directly inserted into the jawbone (as is the case with traditional implants) and are instead inserted into the cheekbones, these are logically longer than the usual implants.

Prosthesis Placement 

Once the implants are placed into the cheekbones, the incisions that are initially made in the gums are closed. A temporary prosthesis is then attached to the implants to kickstart the healing process and to allow the patient to eat and drink normally. After this, it takes a few weeks or months for the implant to fully fuse with the surrounding cheekbone through a process called osseointegration. Once the implants have fully integrated with the Zygomatic bones, a permanent custom-made prosthesis (denture or bridge) is attached to it that’ll allow you to speak, chew, and smile with confidence.

Cost Considerations For Zygomatic Implants 

Zygomatic Implants are a bit more costly compared to their traditional implants as they need additional training, planning, precision, and expertise on the part of the surgeon. Hence, surgeons charge more for the additional labor, skill, and effort that goes into this procedure. However, the vast functional benefits provided by this treatment far outweigh the extra financial expenditure that it incurs in the patient’s pocket, and patients should understand how the long-term benefits cancel out the cost considering the treatment’s cost-effectiveness.

The basic considerations for Zygomatic Implants are the same as traditional implants, though, and these include:

  • The initial consultation fee.
  • The pre-surgery diagnostic imaging (CT scans, X-rays, etc.) costs.
  • Additional pre-surgery procedures (which are generally rare in the case of Zygomatic implants but may be required in some cases) cost.
  • The implant surgery fee (including the facility fee, the anesthesia fee, etc.)
  • The material of the implants and the associated cost.
  • The material of the prosthesis (both temporary and permanent) and the associated cost.
  • The geographical location of the clinic and the expertise level of the surgeon.

Long-term Benefits Of Zygomatic Implants 

Zygomatic Implants offer various long-term benefits (functional as well as aesthetic benefits) to patients, making it a highly cost-effective treatment. These long term benefits include: 

  • Stable and durable permanent teeth replacement with no risk of discomfort or slippage.
  • Restoration of normal teeth alignment and occlusal function.
  • Improved oral and overall health.
  • Near-perfect looking alternative to natural teeth in terms of aesthetics.
  • Preservation of jawbone structure.
  • Long-lasting solution to missing teeth with a high success rate, leading to minimal implant failures.
  • Improved quality of life for patients who have struggled with traditional implants/dentures and severe bone loss.

Conclusion 

Zygomatic Implants are a great tooth replacement option for people with severe bone and tooth loss in the upper jaw. Unlike traditional implants, Zygomatic Implants are inserted into the Zygomatic bones (cheekbones) to provide a stable, aesthetically pleasing, and long-lasting solution to missing teeth.

ElkGrove Implant Clinic is a premier implant provider in Elk Grove, California, USA. We have a team of expert surgeons who specialize in Zygomatic Implants and have performed thousands of permanent teeth transformations to date. Book a FREE consultation with us today and let us give you the dental transformation you’ve been yearning for! 


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