Zygomatic Dental Implants

New Teeth, New Life with Dental Implants!

Dentures are no longer your only option when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Many patients have now turned to dental implants, a custom treatment designed to feel, look, and function just like natural teeth. To get started, get in touch with our experienced implant dentist, Dr. Sigismondi. With over 40 years of experience placing dental implants, you’re in great hands.

Contact our Long Island dental practice today by calling 631-563-1583 to schedule your consultation.

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What Are Zygomatic Dental Implants?

Zygomatic dental implants are a specialized type of dental implant used in cases where traditional implants can’t be placed due to insufficient bone density in the jaw. These implants are anchored in the zygomatic bone, more commonly known as the cheekbone.

Zygomatic implants are often used in full-arch dental restorations, such as implant-supported dentures or bridges, where multiple teeth are missing or need to be replaced. By utilizing the cheekbone for support, these implants provide a stable foundation for the dental prosthesis, restoring functionality and aesthetics to the patient’s smile.

Benefits of a Zygomatic Implant 

The benefits of zygomatic dental implants can include:

  1. Avoids Bone Grafting: Zygomatic implants eliminate the need for bone grafting procedures, which are often required to build up bone volume in the jaw for traditional implants. This can significantly reduce treatment time and complexity.
  2. Immediate Loading: In many cases, zygomatic implants allow for immediate loading, meaning that the dental prosthesis can be attached shortly after implant placement. This provides patients with restored functionality and aesthetics more quickly compared to a traditional dental implant procedure.
  3. Stability and Support: By anchoring into the strong zygomatic bone, these implants offer stable support for dental prostheses, such as implant-supported dentures or bridges.
  4. Preservation of Facial Structure: Severe bone loss in the upper jaw can lead to facial collapse over time. Zygomatic implants help preserve facial bone structure by providing support for dental prostheses, which in turn support the surrounding facial tissues.
  5. Suitability for Complex Cases: Zygomatic implants are particularly beneficial for patients with significant bone loss or anatomical challenges in the upper jaw, where traditional implants may not be feasible. They offer a solution for patients who would otherwise have limited options for tooth replacement.
  6. Improved Quality of Life: With restored dental function and aesthetics, patients who receive zygomatic implants can experience a significant improvement in their quality of life. They can eat, speak, and smile with confidence, enhancing their overall well-being.
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Zygomatic Implant Surgery

When it comes to placing zygomatic implants, the following takes place:

  1. Consultation: The process typically begins with a consultation with a dental implant specialist or an oral surgeon. During this initial appointment, the patient’s oral health, medical history, and bone density in the jaw are assessed through imaging techniques like X-rays or CT scans.
  2. Treatment Planning: If zygomatic implants are best for you, a comprehensive treatment plan is developed. This plan includes the number and placement of implants needed, as well as the type of dental prosthesis supported by the implants.
  3. Surgical Procedure: On the day of the surgery, the patient is typically placed under local anesthesia or sedation, depending on their preference and the complexity of the case. The doctor then makes incisions in the gums to access the zygomatic bone. They’ll place the implants directly into the bone, providing a stronger foundation for the prosthetic teeth.
  4. Attachment of Prosthesis: In some cases, the dental prosthesis may be attached immediately after implant placement, allowing for immediate loading. However, in other cases, a temporary prosthesis may be provided while the implants integrate with the surrounding bone over several months.
  5. Healing: After the surgery, patients are given instructions for post-operative care, including pain management and oral hygiene practices. Follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor healing progress and ensure the implants are integrating properly with the bone.
  6. Final Restoration: Once the zygomatic implants have fully integrated, typically after several months, the final dental prosthesis is fabricated and attached to the implants. This custom-made prosthesis is designed to fit securely and provide optimal function and aesthetics.

Are Zygomatic Implants Commonly Used?

Zygomatic implants aren’t as commonly used as traditional dental implants, but they serve as a valuable option for patients with specific needs, such as severe bone loss in the upper jaw. While traditional implants are more widely used for routine cases of tooth replacement, zygomatic implants offer a solution for individuals who have insufficient jawbone density or anatomical challenges that make traditional implant placement difficult or impossible.

These implants are typically reserved for more complex cases where bone grafting or other alternative procedures may not be feasible or desirable. They’re more commonly used in situations where multiple teeth are missing in the upper jaw and there’s significant bone loss that can’t be addressed through conventional means.

Cost of Zygomatic Implants

Compared to traditional dental implants, zygomatic implants are more expensive because of their specialized nature and the additional surgical expertise required to place them. Patients should expect to pay several thousand dollars per zygomatic implant, with costs ranging from $8,000 to $15,000 per arch, or up to $30,000 for a full set of zygomatic implants.

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Frequently Asked Questions