The need to have healthy teeth goes beyond the appeal of a perfect smile- we need teeth that are fully-functional and form the structure of our faces. For several reasons, a few teeth can go missing or get damaged.
If you have ever been told that you can't get implants because you don't have the bone density for it, WAIT, there's still hope! There is still one option that can help you get implants.
What are Zygomatic Implants?
If you ever have to get implants for whatever reason but don't have enough bone in the upper jaw, you can still get zygomatic implants.
Zygomatic implants are extra-long implants that are anchored to your cheekbones so that bridges and the replacement teeth can be fixed on top of these, providing extra stability for the teeth.
You can get Zygomatic Implants because..
Apart from the fact that zygomatic implants are for everyone, there are a few major reasons to get one- are these reasons or benefits? You decide.
1. There is no bone grafting required!
Zygomatic implants are attached to the zygomatic bone, which is denser than the maxillary bone and doesn't lose bone mass due to periodontal disease or missing teeth. And since it doesn't matter to zygomatic implants if you have extreme atrophy of the maxillary bone, there is no need for bone grafting procedures. And that means that you won't need to wait for 3 to 4 months for the graft to heal apart from the fact that there will be less pain and swelling involved.
2. You will need fewer dental implants
Surgery can be daunting and uncomfortable. And then if you don't have enough bone mass, you can be concerned about everything going wrong while getting implants. You will still have to have surgery for zygomatic implants, but you'll need fewer implants because each zygomatic implant can support 3-4 teeth, unlike regular dental implants which support 1-2 teeth each. And this is possible because the zygomatic bone is much denser than the jawbone.
3. Zygomatic Implants are cost-effective
If you are looking to get implants, one factor affecting the decision is cost. Since zygomatic implants involve less procedures (ex- no bone grafting/ augmentation or sinus lift required), they use up less materials for the task, and ultimately, are cheaper. Another major factor is that since each implant can support 3-4 teeth, you end up requiring fewer implants, and so the cost is lower. That said, the cost will be different for everyone and depends on a number of things.
4. High success rate
If it is already hard for you to get implants, it is important that you get ones that will last. Zygomatic implants have a 97-98% success rate, and are more predictable than regular implants, so they are less likely to fail. They also don't require a lot of maintenance, further reducing overall cost. And since there is no bone grafting involved, it also helps you avoid the complications that arise with grafting.
5. Instant new teeth!
Because traditional implants involve procedures like bone grafting, you generally need to wait 3-4 months for the implants to heal before you can get your replacement teeth (and you have to wear dentures during that time). With zygomatic implants, the whole thing takes place within 24 hours and you get to go home with brand new teeth.
6. Great for cleft palate patients
Zygomatic implants are great for fixing loose teeth, severely damaged teeth, decaying teeth, and missing teeth in the upper jaw. But they are also the go-to solution for those with cleft palate problems.
7. If you need a full upper dental bridge
If, for some reason, your entire row of upper teeth is missing or damaged, and you end up needing a full upper dental bridge, you can get it done with just 4 zygomatic implants (remember that each zygomatic implant can support 3-4 teeth).
8. If other dental implants are failing
Whether it's because of infections, bone loss, or something else, traditional dental implants can sometimes fail. When this happens, zygomatic implants can be used to salvage these failing implants. Additionally, you can also combine zygomatic implants with traditional implants if you need to replace both upper and lower teeth.
Zygomatic implants are a brilliant invention in the field of dentistry, and often a saving grace for those who are not eligible for traditional implants. Whether or not to opt for these is a decision you will need to make for yourself. However, combined with such diverse applications, their effectiveness surely tips the scales in their favor.
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