Zygomatic Dental Implants Los Angeles
zygomatic dental implants Alternative to Grafting
Our Brentwood office offers Zygomatic Dental Implants as a more comfortable solution for patients who experience the most extreme form of bone loss in their upper jaw. For those suffering from maxillary bone loss and cannot be treated with a traditional implant surgery, this procedure offers an alternative solution to block bone grafting and sinus lift bone grafting, which typically requires taking bone from other parts of the mouth to support the implant.
Traditionally, bone grafts were the only solution to provide the adequate bone structure required to sustain conventional dental implants. Specifically when bone density was lacking in the upper jaw, the process of bone grafting was time consuming, painful and costly. In addition to a bone graft, the procedure often times required a sinus lift as well before the traditional implants and permanent fixed arch could be placed.
However with the development of Zygomatic Dental Implants, periodontists can now perform implant procedures more efficiently, cost-effectively and comfortably for patients.
How do they work?
Unlike classic implants which are drilled directly into the mouth, these extra-long implants are rooted in upper jaw bone, closest to the zygomatic or cheek bone, and provides a secure foundation to support the implant. 1-2 extended implants are anchored on each side of the mouth near the cheekbone, along with an additional 2-4 regular implants that are placed in the front of the mouth, to sustain the new front teeth. The additional support is imperative in sustaining the longevity of dental implants in patients with bone loss as their upper jaw bone is usually very weak. The recovery time is four months, and once the mouth heals, the permanent crowns can be put into place for a set of fully functional teeth.
- A minimally invasive procedure means more comfort and shorter recovery times. Because the majority of patients will not require a bone graft, the procedure is less painful than traditional implant procedures and has quicker healing times.
- Same day smile. Patients do not have to wait for the mouth or gums to heal before the permanent teeth are affixed
- Immediate results. Patients leave with fully functioning teeth that are attached to the implant on the day of the procedure.
- Graftless procedure eliminates need for painful and invasive block bone grafting and sinus lift bone grafting.
- Optimizes the time needed to achieve complete upper jaw restoration.
- The strength and length of the implants allow for placement in upper jaw.
- A single extra-long zygomatic dental implant is the equivalent of 3-4 regular dental implants.
- Painless procedure performed under IV sedation while patient is asleep.
- Cost effective alternative to traditional dental implants.
- Can be inserted as Double Zygomatic dental implants or “quad zygomatics” on each side of the upper jaw, shortening the healing time as compared to bone grafting.
- Necessary tooth extractions, Zygomatic Dental Implants and the permanent fixed bridge can be completed in the same visit.
FAQ About Zygomatic Dental Implants
Q: How can I know if zygomatic dental implants are right for me?
A: Zygomatic dental implants are an ideal treatment solution for patients who lack the adequate bone density needed to support traditional dental implants.
Because dental implants are rooted in the patient’s existing bone, a patient must possess enough bone density to support the implant. Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky can accurately diagnose each patient’s unique case to determine whether they experience bone loss, and which implant is right for them. If a patient suffers from bone loss and cannot support traditional dental implants, zygomatic implants are a great alternative for you!
Q: Extra long implants in my jaw bone sound painful. Is this a heavily invasive procedure?
A: This procedure is quite the contrary! The graftless procedure means a bone graft or sinus lift procedure is not necessary, for a less invasive treatment, more comfortable, and faster recovery process. Zygomatic dental implants utilize the bone density from the zygomatic bone, (also known as the cheekbone), to securely anchor the implants and avoid the need for a bone graft.
Q: Who can perform a zygomatic dental implant procedure?
A: The procedure requires an expert trained periodontist or oral surgeon. There are only a number of periodontists capable of completing this specific type of dental implant treatment in California, and both Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky are the only diplomats of the American Board of Periodontology and Oral implantology in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA.
A Diplomate is a periodontist who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty and who is certified by the American Board of Periodontology and Oral Implantology.