How these specialised implants can be used to avoid bone grafts.
At the Confidental Clinic in Clapham Junction, we are pleased to be able to offer our patients Zygomatic dental implants as well as regular ones.
Dental implants have been a real ‘game changer’ in dental care in recent years, providing a superior alternative to dentures where missing teeth need to be replaced.
As any of our patients from the Clapham Junction and Battersea areas who have looked into dental implants will know, dental implants are a form of titanium screw which are placed into the jawbone and then left for a period of around three or four months, whilst the bone integrates with the implant. This is all good, but a problem arises when the patient no longer has sufficient bone into which the implants are to be placed. This can occur for a number of reasons but most often simply occurs when there is no tooth in that particular area for the bone to form around.
This is known to happen predominantly, but not exclusively, in the upper jaw and can present problems when it comes to the placing of a dental implant.
Bone grafts and sinus lifts
In order to place an implant into a degraded jawbone, a bone graft can be performed. This is an additional procedure that involves the grafting of a small piece of bone onto the current jawbone. This has to be left for a period of time in order for it to be secure enough to place the implant into. An additional concern when bone recedes in the upper jaw is the risk to the sinus cavity, and, in some cases, a sinus lift may also be needed to avoid damaging this part of the oral system.
To avoid the additional complications and time implications of a bone graft or sinus lift, Zygomatic dental implants can be used instead. These implants are longer than regular dental implants and can be as long as 55mm, compared to the usual 10 or 15mm of regular implants. They are also designed to be placed at an angle into the cheekbone, making use of the additional bone there, for extra security. In addition to the benefits of extra security when using this method; unlike regular implants, there is no need for a three month wait whilst the bone integrates with the implant (osseointegration), and they can sometimes be fitted in a single day.
Typically, zygomatic implants are used in conjunction with a small number of regular implants and are used to hold a fixed bridge in place, often when a full arch restoration is needed.
To find out more about how these zygomatic implants may benefit you, or for any other dental concerns, please call the Confidental Clinic in Clapham Junction on 020 7801 9060.