We understand the challenges patients face when they would like to replace missing teeth with dental implants but are suffering from significant bone loss. Traditional dental implants require a substantial amount of bone for successful placement, which can be a limiting factor for many. However, with the advent of zygomatic dental implants, we can offer patients a groundbreaking solution. Dr. Alan Meltzer, a leading periodontist in South Jersey, specializes in this innovative technique that has transformed the lives of countless patients, making it an ideal option for those deemed unsuitable for conventional implants due to bone loss.
Zygomatic dental implants differ significantly from traditional implants. While standard implants are anchored into the jawbone, zygomatic implants are longer and anchored into the zygomatic bone, more commonly known as the cheekbone. This technique provides a stable foundation for the implant, even in patients with severe jawbone deterioration.
One of the primary advantages of zygomatic dental implants is their ability to bypass the need for bone grafting. Patients with significant bone loss can still achieve a secure and stable dental restoration, avoiding the lengthy and often uncomfortable process of bone grafting.
Zygomatic implants are known for their durability and longevity. By anchoring to the robust zygomatic bone, these implants provide a permanent solution for missing teeth, offering stability that is comparable to natural teeth.
Another significant advantage of zygomatic dental implants is the possibility of immediate loading. This means that in many cases, patients can leave our office with their new teeth on the same day as their surgery. This immediate transformation not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also significantly improves chewing function and overall quality of life.
The journey to a new smile begins with a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Meltzer. During this initial visit, he will conduct a thorough examination, including advanced imaging techniques, to determine the suitability of zygomatic implants.
The surgical procedure for placing zygomatic implants is performed under sedation or anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. Dr. Meltzer’s precision and expertise are critical during this phase, as the implants must be carefully and accurately placed in the zygomatic bone. We perform robotically-guided surgeries to ensure precision and that we achieve the best results for our patients.
Post-surgical care is essential for the success of zygomatic dental implants. Dr. Meltzer and his team at Advanced Oral Specialty Group provide detailed aftercare instructions and ongoing support throughout the recovery process.
Zygomatic implants are extremely versatile and effective in addressing complex dental issues where conventional treatments might not be possible or have proven ineffective. If you’ve been turned down for dental implant surgery in the past or you’re facing extensive bone loss, here are some indications that these implants may be a viable option for you:
You Have Severe Jawbone Atrophy: You have lost significant bone density in their jaw, often due to prolonged tooth loss, aging, or other health conditions. Traditional implants require a certain amount of bone for successful placement, and in these cases, zygomatic implants provide an alternative by utilizing the cheekbone for support.
Your Previous Implants Failed: You have attempted traditional dental implants but faced complications or failures, often due to issues like bone quality or improper implant integration. Zygomatic implants offer a more reliable option due to their different anchoring technique.
You Want to Avoid Bone Grafting: You want to avoid the additional surgeries and extended healing time associated with bone grafting. Zygomatic implants eliminate this step by leveraging existing bone structures.
You’re a Long-Term Denture Wearer Facing Instability: You struggle with dentures that slip or cause soreness. Zygomatic implants provide a permanent, stable foundation for prosthetic teeth, significantly improving comfort and functionality.
You’ve Got Extensive Tooth Loss: You have lost multiple teeth, especially in the upper jaw, and require a comprehensive restorative solution. Zygomatic implants can support a full arch of prosthetic teeth, offering a more secure and long-lasting solution than traditional methods.
You Experience Chronic Dental Infections: You have recurrent dental infections that have weakened the jawbone, making it unsuitable for standard implants. Zygomatic implants can bypass these compromised areas, providing a viable alternative for dental restoration.
Zygomatic dental implants are designed for longevity. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for many years, often paralleling the lifespan of traditional dental implants.
The procedure is typically performed under anesthesia, minimizing discomfort during the surgery. Post-operative pain is generally manageable with prescribed medications, and most patients report less discomfort than anticipated.
Recovery times can vary, but most patients can resume normal activities within a few days. Complete healing and integration of the implants may take several weeks to a few months.
Zygomatic implants are primarily used in the upper jaw due to the anatomy of the zygomatic bone. Traditional implants are usually more suitable for the lower jaw.
Low bone implants have a high success rate, similar to traditional dental implants. Success rates can vary based on individual circumstances and adherence to post-operative care.
As with any surgical procedure, zygomatic dental implants carry certain risks, although they are relatively rare. Potential complications may include sinusitis due to proximity to the sinus cavity, nerve disturbance causing temporary or, in rare cases, permanent altered sensation, infection around the implant site, and implant failure or rejection. It is also possible to experience minor bleeding or swelling post-surgery. It’s important to discuss these risks thoroughly with your dental surgeon, like Dr. Meltzer, to understand how they apply to your specific case and what measures are taken to minimize them.
Low bone dental implants represent a significant advancement in implant dentistry, especially for those with severe bone loss. At Advanced Oral Specialty Group, we are proud to offer this life-changing solution to our patients.
If you’re considering zygomatic dental implants or have been told you’re not a candidate for traditional implants due to bone loss, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Meltzer. We proudly offer advanced periodontic services to the areas of Voorhees, South Jersey and New Jersey.