Zygomatic Implants Treatment: Indications and diagnostic

Are zygomatic implants a solution for me?

What are zygomatic implants?

Zygomatic implants are a solution for people with severe bone loss. Specifically, it is a solution when the loss of bone in the mouth is so severe that it is impossible to place regular implants safely. They are longer than regular implants, anchor in the cheekbone, and offer four stabilizing points for a fixed denture. Discover here the zygomatic implants indications and diagnostic.

Are they a solution for me?

Above all, a thorough diagnostic is essential to provide an answer. Our patients contacted us with different medical complaints, ranging from a progressive loss of quality of life to the desire to eat, bite, and laugh like before. Furthermore, they usually suffered from a complex dental history, including, for instance, implant loss or several surgeries already. Zygomatic implants are now the safest solution for having an implant-supported fixed denture when little to no bone is available anymore. Bone loss may also be a consequence of the prolonged use of a removable denture.

The treatment with zygomatic implants is a life-changing solution. The clinical team delivers fixed teeth 24h after the surgical procedure, allowing each patient to continue social life. This approach is an advanced procedure that only trained and experienced surgeons perform. ZAGA Centers are certified and internationally recognized excellence centers for treating severe bone loss with zygomatic implants. More importantly, the objective of the ZAGA Centers is to understand each patient’s requirements and complaints deeply. They are multidisciplinary in their practice and will propose the best solution for you. It may or may not include zygomatic implants, but will increase your dental quality of life. Finally, prevention is essential for your dental health. Although the ZAGA Centers treat complications from other dental offices, their objective always remains the patient’s well-being. Contact the closest ZAGA Center to know if zygomatic implants are a solution for you.

What to do when bone loss prevents dental implant placement?

Indications and diagnostic

In certain situations, the bone of the mouth can shrink and become significantly smaller to the point that sometimes it can disappear. This phenomenon is also called bone loss or clinically as “maxillary atrophy”. The consequence of this is that the bone separating the sinus area from the mouth is very thin, only a few millimeters thick. Colloquially, the term “jawbone loss” defines the same phenomenon. Maxillary atrophy may originate from systemic disorders too. Only a thorough diagnostic by a trained team of experts can identify the causes of bone loss. Additionally, implant failure or infection can lead to bone loss. As a result, the little bone left prevents the placement of dental implants. Bone loss prevents dental implant placement.

Maxillary atrophy has significant consequences on the quality of life, not only dental. Using a removable denture is complicated, time-intensive, and usually does not reach the function and aesthetics expected. Biting an apple, eating a sandwich, or smiling become arduous if not impossible with a removable denture. Furthermore, the prolonged use of removable dentures further aggravates the loss of bone in the mouth. The lack of mechanical stimulation of the jaw bone leads to a loss of bone.

Solutions when bone loss prevents dental implant placement

In this situation, not enough bone material is available to place dental implants. A few years ago, the most successful solution was the use of bone grafts, with a success rate of 80%. Today, however, the zygomatic implants’ success rate is superior to 92%. The treatment involves using the cheekbone, or zygomatic bone, to anchor implants and place fixed teeth within 24 hours. Zygomatic implants are the safest option in this case. The surgical treatment terminates with a fixed denture anchored onto implants. Patients can bite apples, can eat a sandwich, and smile with confidence. The patient receives fixed teeth in a day, in opposition to bone grafting, where a few months are necessary. To summarize, there is a solution when bone loss prevents dental implant placement.

Zygomatic implants: are they different from regular dental implants?

The Implants

Zygomatic implants are longer than regular dental implants. They can measure up to 6 cm, which is the length required to anchor them in the cheekbone and reach the upper teeth position to sustain the fixed prosthesis. Conventional implants may measure up to 1,5 cm only. Zygomatic and regular dental implants possess numerous characteristics in common, such as excellent biocompatibility, and high strength. For the past 20 years, zygomatic implants have shown to be safe and reliable. Furthermore, the network of ZAGA Centers has worked over the years with the dental implant manufacturers to progress and enhance the quality of the implants, and the treatments using them.

The Zygomatic Implants Treatment

Regular dental implants allow for different treatment plans depending on each patient’s requirement: single teeth replacement, bridges on implants, or full denture. In opposition, zygomatic implants represent the only solution for full mouth rehabilitation when severe bone loss is present. A treatment plan routinely includes a maximum of 4 zygomatic implants. In opposition, different treatment options may require more than 8 or 10 regular dental implants. Overall, the reduced number of implants compensates for the increased complexity of the surgical procedure. Zygomatic Implants represent the last resort for dental treatment and bone loss. Over the years, the success rate of the method increased until becoming the gold standard now for the treatment of severe bone loss. More importantly, zygomatic implant treatments are now a solution for patients that didn’t have one before.

Zygomatic implants are part of a full treatment plan. The objective is to recover the quality of life of each patient. In most cases, this goes hand by hand with a complete upper denture fixed on implants. The impact on the quality of life is very significant. Eating, chewing, and laughing are not limited anymore. Socially, the outcome of the treatment is fantastic.

Diagnostic testing for zygomatic implants

Before the first visit

Way before a clinical diagnostic, patients realize they are losing their quality of life due to their dental problems. The diagnostic testing for zygomatic implants takes place during the first visit to the dental office. Before that, you may identify with several situations our patients described in their testimonials. From implant failures to progressive tooth loss, the quality of life of patients decreases over time. Having problems eating, biting fruits, or masticating are common. Speech and locution may also be affected by tooth loss. Finally, the use of a removable denture further lowers the quality of life and aggravates bone loss.

Clinical diagnostic testing for zygomatic implants

Having understood each patient’s complaints and history, the clinical diagnostic for zygomatic implants starts with a thorough oral examination by an expert. This is a visual observation of all areas of the mouth, teeth, gum, and structures around them. The tests are not invasive nor require anesthesia. In less than a day, the full diagnostic takes place.

Furthermore, a panoramic X-ray is taken as well as an X-ray computed tomography, such as a Cone Beam CT. Theses radiological tests allow visualizing the bony structures and assess the amount of bone available or lacking for regular dental implant placement. If you suffer from severe maxillary atrophy, in other words, if you do not have enough bone, zygomatic implants represent a safe solution.

Finally, these tests do not eliminate the need for other medical tests. For example, the anesthetist following you during the surgical procedure may need additional testing, such as allergies or blood testing. An essential element to understand is that these tests ensure that the treatment plan adapts to your anatomy and requirements. A thorough diagnostic provides the ZAGA Centers with the information they need to find a solution to your dental problems and recover your quality of life. Contact us for more details.

The best professionals for zygomatic implants: the ZAGA Centers

Do I need zygomatic implants?

Before looking for the best professionals for zygomatic implants, a thorough, precise diagnostic and treatment plan is vital. This type of therapy is should only be a solution when severe bone loss is present. The lack of bone preventing the placement of regular dental implants is the right indication. From a general point of view, the reasons our patients came to a first visit were dental implant loss or prolonged use of a removable denture. So, if you are looking for an implant-supported set of teeth and may live one of the situations mentioned above, please contact us. The ZAGA Centers will take the time to understand your position and accurately diagnose it. Also, they are multi-specialties dental centers, allowing the design of ideal treatment plans for each patient.

ZAGA Centers, the best professionals for zygomatic implants

Above all, the ZAGA Centers are certified experts in zygomatic implant indications, diagnostic, and treatments. All ZAGA Centers around the world have designated team members specialized in this procedure. They have experience and training in this specialty—also, the ZAGA Professionals and recognized members of scientific communities. This is the reason why the ZAGA Centers are the best professionals for zygomatic implants. Patients come first, always. The professionals at your service follow the ZAGA Concept, a way of designing the treatment plan to match each patient’s expectations. The treatment is thus patient-specific. It adapts to your anatomy and requirements. Certification is demanding and leads to a minimal selection of locations globally. Finally, zygomatic implant treatments are advanced treatments and only trained clinicians should perform it.

What the patients say

Over the years, satisfied patients have chosen to share their testimonial to help other patients. Discover all testimonials here. In a nutshell, they describe a feeling of peace when eating, and of happiness when socially interacting with friends and family.