Avoiding the need for bone grafts or sinus lifts prior to implant placement.
Whilst most patients who opt for dental implants are able to have this procedure without the need for a bone graft or sinus lift, some patients, unfortunately, are not. This can be due to a number of reasons with the prime one being loss of bone in the jaw, especially where a tooth has been missing for some time.
As the strength and long life of a dental implant depends, to a large degree, on the quantity and quality of the bone structure, it is usually necessary, in these cases, to perform a bone graft or a sinus lift in order for there to be a firm foundation for the implant to be placed.
Zygomatic dental implants
At the Confidental Clinic in Clapham, we offer our patients the option of zygomatic dental implants. These differ from regular implants in that they are longer, and, instead of being placed at the usual ninety degrees into the bone structure, they are placed at an angle into the cheekbone (also known as the zygomatic arch) and use this area to provide the necessary bone structure to secure the implant in place.
Naturally, prior to any procedure, all options will be investigated, and scans taken of your jaw. This is essential to determine whether you can have regular implants or require zygomatic ones. It is also an essential part of the procedure if zygomatic implants are needed as it enables us to determine the exact position in which the implants need to be placed.
Instant replacement teeth
Whilst traditional dental implants require around three months for the bone to fuse around the new artificial root, and hold it securely in place, the use of zygomatic dental implants allows us to connect fixed teeth to them immediately following their placement, enabling you to leave our practice on the same day with a brand new smile. We do advise that you take your time to become accustomed to your new implants and, for this reason and to ease any initial soreness, we suggest that you eat very soft foods initially. It doesn’t usually take long before our patients are confident enough to eat regular foods but there is no need to rush and you should do this at a pace that feels comfortable for you and per the guidelines we will provide.
As with regular implants, zygomatic implants need to be looked after. Gum disease and peri-implantitis are a risk if you do not clean the teeth and gums as you would a regular tooth. You should also see our Clapham dentists at regular intervals. This will usually be every six months, although we may request more frequent checks initially in order to monitor the post implant progress to make sure that all is well. Whilst it is rare for there to be any problems following an implant procedure, these additional early checks will allow you to have peace of mind.
To discuss your options for replacing a missing tooth, whether implants, dentures or a bridge, please arrange an initial consultation at the Confidental Clinic in Clapham by calling us on 020 7801 9060.