Zygoma Implant

zygoma-implantAs a person loses teeth, the supporting jaw bone is also lost over time. The progressive bone loss is made worse with dentures, which place pressure on the supporting jaw bone and speed up the progressive bone loss. Overtime, this can lead to such severe bone loss that a denture will no longer fit, no matter how well it is made, or how much denture adhesive is used. In these situations where bone loss in the upper jaw becomes so severe, it not uncommon that traditional dental implants will no longer be an option. This can leave patients feeling hopeless, especially after being told by their dentist, or even dental specialists, that they are not a candidate for implants. The zygoma implants were designed and developed by Nobel Biocare specifically for these types of cases. They were designed to be placed through the mouth and into the cheek bone (zygoma bone) which sits above the upper jaw (maxilla). These implants are routinely incorporated into an All-on-4 set of teeth, or can also be used to support an over denture. They allow for the predictable creation of a new smile, and stable, functional teeth in those cases with even the most severe bone loss. Zygoma implant placement is a procedure that can be completed in the office setting with the aid of intravenous sedation. In most cases, patients will leave their surgical appointments with new teeth attached to the zygoma implants. Like traditional implants, zygoma implants, and the surrounding soft tissue, are allowed to heal for a period of a few months before the final set of teeth will be fabricated.