Sometimes, patients are not eligible for regular implant dentistry as they do not have enough jawbone to support implant restorations. Patients with a lack of jawbone tissue in their upper jaw, in particular, may be told that dental implants are out of the question. However, thanks to recent advances in technology, dental implants are now feasible in the form of zygomatic implants.
Zygomatic implants were first developed in the 1990s and were initially introduced for the rehabilitation of patients with severe defects of their upper jaw bone. Over the years, zygomatic dental implants in South Yorkshire have developed in terms of design and function and are now available in selected dental practices, including PDC Dental Implants. Unlike most implant treatments, zygomatic implants require a high degree of specialisation.
How do zygomatic implants function?
As their name suggests, zygomatic dental implants are embedded in the upper jawbone, close to the dense zygoma bone (the bulk of the bone that makes the cheekbone). Whereas patients with severe bone loss may not be able to receive regular dental implants in South Yorkshire, chances are that they are eligible for zygomatic implants. Overall, zygomatic implants work just like regular dental implants with a few differences. These implants are longer than regular dental implants and can be used as an alternative to complex grafting procedures. Moreover, depending on the circumstances of each case, a dentist can use one or two zygomatic dental implants for stabilising a restoration. For patients whose upper jawbone is severely compromised, zygomatic dental implants in South Yorkshire are a viable option.
Benefits of zygomatic implants
Zygomatic implants do not entail a different treatment experience for patients. The placement of zygomatic implants requires guided surgery with precise results. Surgery is not painful as a local anaesthetic is used in most cases. However, patients who are particularly anxious can take advantage of oral or intravenous sedation.
The results of having All-on-4 dental implants are more predictable with the help of zygomatic implants since the implants used in this procedure are much longer and stronger than regular dental implants. This means that, in some cases, the overall cost may be considerably reduced.