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What are Pterygoid and Zygomatic Implants?

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 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 implant anchorage avoiding the need for extensive grafting and/ or sinus lift procedures involving the maxillary sinus.

The placement of zygomatic or pterygoid implants has major advantages-

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 implants, depending on the quality and quantity of the patient’s bone remaining at the very front of the upper jaw.

Who are candidates for Zygomatic and Pterygoid implants?

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 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 options may be suitable.

Please contact the practice on 01704871743 if you would like to arrange a Free Consultation.

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