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What are zygomatic implants?

Getting dental implants can be stressful. The procedure often involves a bone graft, which some patients dread.

Fortunately, there are certain types of implants that enable you to avoid bone grafts altogether.

In this article, find out about zygomatic implants and the advantages they have over traditional implants.

What are zygomatic implants?

A zygomatic implant is a type of dental implant designed for people who suffer from advanced bone loss. When teeth are lost or extracted, the surrounding bone is no longer stimulated by chewing force and recedes over time.

Since the jawbone is atrophied and unable to support a dental implant, the zygomatic implant is designed to be inserted into the zygomatic bone (cheekbone) instead. That way, patients avoid needing a bone graft (taken from the hip) in order to get their implant.

The difference between zygomatic implants and conventional dental implants

Zygomatic implants differ from classic dental implants in several ways.

First, zygomatic implants are 3 to 5 times longer than traditional implants and are inserted at a pronounced angle. These features allow them to be properly anchored in the cheekbones while avoiding touching the sinuses.

Another difference is the surgical technique used to place zygomatic implants. The procedure is more delicate than placing regular dental implants. The surgeon must reach the zygomatic bone, which requires a special surgical technique.

Only a specialized maxillofacial surgeon who has extensive experience with this technique will be able to perform the procedure.

The advantages of zygomatic implants

Zygomatic implants have become increasingly popular in recent years, with good reason. They have several advantages for patients, including:

  • 1. Shorter treatment time: The time required for the implant to fuse completely with the zygomatic bone is approximately 4 to 6 months, whereas a bone graft followed by the placement of traditional implants requires a total of 9 to 12 months.
  • 2. No bone graft required: Since the implant is inserted into the zygomatic bone rather than the jawbone, no bone graft is needed. Therefore, the patient will not need a second surgery in addition to the implant placement, meaning that there will be no second surgical site.
  • 3. Same-day denture placement: As with All-on-4 implants, the temporary dentures are installed at the same time as the zygomatic implants, meaning that the entire process can be done in one procedure.
  • 4. High success rate: Zygomatic implants are proven to be effective. Their success rate is just as high as traditional implants.

Contact Clinique Evoro for zygomatic implants in the Gatineau area

Zygomatic implants are a type of dental implant designed for people who suffer from bone loss in the upper jawbone. These implants are placed in the cheekbone and have multiple advantages for patients.

Are you looking for a zygomatic implant specialist in the Gatineau region? The maxillofacial surgeons at Clinique Evoro will be able to provide dental implant treatment that is tailored to your needs.

Contact us today to make an appointment.