A zygomatic dental implant is a specialized type of dental implant that is longer than traditional dental implants and is anchored into the zygomatic bone, also known as the cheekbone. Zygomatic implants are used when there is insufficient bone in the upper jaw (maxilla) to support traditional implants due to factors like bone resorption or the presence of sinuses that impede implant placement.
The zygomatic bone provides a strong foundation for implant placement because of its density and structure. Zygomatic implants are usually placed through the mouth and extend from the upper jaw, passing through the maxillary sinus, and anchoring into the zygomatic bone. This unique placement allows them to bypass the insufficient bone in the maxilla and provide stability for dental restorations like crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Zygomatic implants are typically considered in cases where:
Zygomatic dental implants are considered a complex procedure that requires specialized training and experience in implant dentistry. Due to their unique placement and the involvement of the zygomatic bone, the surgery is more intricate than standard dental implant procedures. Dentists or oral surgeons with expertise in zygomatic implants carefully evaluate patients to determine the most suitable treatment plan based on their bone structure, oral health, and individual needs.
As with any dental procedure, it's important to consult with a qualified dental professional to determine whether zygomatic dental implants are the appropriate solution for your specific case. The dentist will conduct a thorough examination and discuss your treatment options to help you make an informed decision.