Zygomatic and Pterygoid implants are two of the newest types of dental implants now available. They are used when patients have an insufficient amount of bone either in quantity and/or quality to anchor traditional regular dental implants.
Characteristics of zygomatic implants and pterygoid implants.
The main characteristic of this type of dental implant is that they are placed in two types of bone that are never reabsorbed- the zygomatic bone/ the area of the cheekbones, in the case of zygoma implants and the pterygoid/ very back area of the upper jaw, in the case of pterygoid implants. They are generally used in combination with conventional implants, but can be used even in the most severely compromised jaws.
Zygomatic implants are now well documented as an alternative for the rehabilitation of the atrophic posterior maxilla with both the classical two stage and immediate loading protocols enabling a same day fixed bridge to be provided.
Zygomatic and pterygoid implants provide an alternative option for dental implant anchorage avoiding the need for extensive grafting and/ or sinus lift procedures involving the maxillary sinus.
It is a good alternative to bone grafting placement for patients who have signifcant bone loss with a resorbed maxilla. Thereby shortening the overall treatment time safely, quickly and conveniently for the patient. The latest research shows very similar long term success rates to those of regular dental implants.
It also guarantees improved aesthetics for every patient, regardless of the quality of their bone for dental implant placement. As above, zygomatic and pterygoid implant placement is sometimes accompanied by the use of normal dental implants, depending on the quality and quantity of the patient’s bone remaining at the very front of the upper jaw.
All those patients who present with significant bone resorption in the region of the jaw or maxilla after the loss of teeth, either due to general factors such as sex/age, or traumatic injuries, denture wear and bone metabolism.
These changes in bone structure must be taken into account in the diagnosis and planning of any dental implant treatment. Utilising the latest 3D imaging technology in the practice we are able to digitally plan the management of these complex cases to enable a safe, straightforward predictable outcome.
Pterygoid and zygomatic implant insertion is an alternative to avoid sinus-lifting or other grafting procedures to treat the posterior maxilla and are especially used in partial edentulism in order to avoid distal cantilevers.
The planning and placement of zygomatic and pterygoid implants requires extensive surgical experience and training. At Azure Dental we are lucky enough to have Dr Amit Mistry available to perform these more complex implant support treatment procedures when the case clinically requires it. One of only a few surgeons in the UK able to provide this life changing surgery.
If you have previously been advised that you are not suitable for dental implants then these alternative advanced zygomatic implant options may be suitable.
If you have any concerns or issues with regards to missing teeth, loose teeth or dentures
and are looking at the potential solution of dental implant treatment then please get in touch.
Implants are a very predictable treatment option. They have good long term success rates but require regular care and maintenance to ensure they remain healthy for as long as possible.
Implants are generally placed under local anaesthetic. Once numb treatment is carried out with the very minimum of discomfort.
No, your dentist will show you how to clean any hard to reach areas around the implant. But you’ll mostly clean them as you would your normal teeth.
Dental implants are designed to provide a long term solution to your gap(s). They require less frequent replacement than other solutions such as dentures or bridgework, making them an overall cost-effective solution to replace a missing tooth (teeth).
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