As a patient wears dentures, the pressure that the denture places upon the jawbone leads to progressive bone loss. Overtime this can lead to such severe bone loss that a denture will no longer fit, no matter how well it’s made, or how much adhesive is used. In these situations where bone loss in the upper jaw becomes so severe, it is not uncommon that traditional implants will no longer be an option. This can leave patients feeling hopeless, especially after being told by their dentist or dental specialists, that they are not candidates for implants.
The zygoma implants are designed specifically for the upper jaw (maxilla) that has experienced severe bone loss and they make use of the cheek bone (zygoma) that sits above the upper jaw. These implants can be incorporated into the Bar Attachment Denture type fixed prosthesis and allow those patients with even the most extreme cases of bone loss to be restored with a new smile and teeth that are fixed in place and allow for a return to the foods that you love!
Like traditional Bar Attachment Denture procedure, zygoma implant placement is a procedure that may be completed in the office setting with intravenous sedation. In most cases, these patients will leave their surgical appointment with a set of fixed teeth that attach to the zygoma implants. Like traditional implants, the zygoma implants are allowed to heal for a period of three to six months before your dentist will make a final set of teeth.