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Zygomatic and Pterygoid Implants
Advanced Missing Teeth Solutions for those with minimal jawbone

All on 4 Dental Implants, London

Highly Experienced Implant Dentists for All on 4 Dental Implants (Same day Fixed Teeth) in London

The problems that are brought about by missing teeth are numerous, and can have significant impacts on the overall quality of life. Most of those who have to deal with missing teeth are concerned with how long they will have to go through their daily lives without the presence of their teeth (or at least, the presence of the teeth replacements); this is especially true when the few weeks or months worth of healing period is taken into consideration for the dental implant treatment to be complete, and before the implants (and prosthetic teeth) can fully be used and enjoyed.

The use of traditional dental implants may involve a waiting or healing period that can take a few months at a time; however, the use of the revolutionary All on 4 dental implants ystem can take away that healing period – and can give you the smile that you need and deserve within the SAME DAY! The All on 4 dental implants system, can fully be utilised on the same day that they are placed or loaded, giving you the power to get your life (and your smiles) back, without waiting for a long period of time.

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Zygomatic Implants

Tooth loss considerably affects not only the appearance of the smile but its performance as well. Dental implants offer the most effective solutions for missing teeth problems, addressing both the aesthetic and functional rehabilitation of a smile that has experienced the negative effects of tooth loss.

An implant treatment restores the beauty and proper use of a smile, but there are situations when the traditional method of placing dental implants is not possible. In such instances, other techniques of dental implant placement are considered, and one of these approaches involves zygomatic implants.

Zygomatic implants are used to restore an entire arch of missing teeth, particularly that in the upper jaw. The term “zygomatic” refers to the name of the bone into where the implants are inserted, which is the zygomatic bone (also known as the cheekbone).

Zygomatic implants are longer than traditional dental implants and instead of being placed into the jawbone, they are inserted into the much denser cheekbone.

Just like other dental implants, zygomatic implants successfully replace the role of lost teeth to bring back the health and beautiful appearance of a smile, especially in cases where traditional dental implant treatment is not possible due to various reasons.

Why are Zygomatic Implants Used?

To replace all the teeth on the upper jaw – Zygomatic implants are used for Full Arch implant procedures, as they can successfully replace the missing teeth in the entire upper arch. These implants are used to attach the fixed teeth restoration in place by being anchored to the cheekbone instead of the jawbone.

To make a dental implant treatment possible even with insufficient bone mass – Dental implants offer long-lasting missing teeth solutions, but they cannot be inserted into the jaw of the bone quality and volume are not good. Zygomatic implants are inserted into the cheekbone, so they can be used to replace lost teeth even in cases of severe jawbone atrophy. They make it possible for patients who suffer from jawbone deterioration to still have all the benefits of dental implant treatment.

To eliminate the use of a sinus lift or bone graft – In case of insufficient bone mass, supplementary procedures such as bone grafting or sinus lift may be done to augment the quality and volume of the jawbone in preparation for dental implant treatment. Zygomatic implants eliminate the need for these additional procedures because they are embedded into the cheekbone – where the dense bone is not affected by deterioration due to tooth loss – rather than the jawbone.

For immediate teeth restoration results– Zygomatic implants are placed in an angled position into the cheekbone. The unique positioning allows the immediate loading of teeth restorations because the implants do not need to go through a healing period before the fixed dental bridge can be attached. Zygomatic dental implants immediately restore the healthy form and function of the smile, so the patient does not need to be toothless for any period of time after the implant treatment.

Who is the Treatment For?

Zygomatic implants are placed into the zygomatic bone (more commonly referred to as the cheekbone) instead of the upper jawbone. They are suitable in cases where dental implants are needed for the replacement of missing teeth, but the jawbone structure is not sufficient enough to enable the successful insertion of the implants. In these instances, the jawbone may have atrophied to the point where its thinness makes it quite impossible to support dental implants.

Zygomatic implants are also ideal for patients with loose teeth, or those who need to have the entire upper arch of teeth restored but have jawbone structures that have thinned because of different indications. They are also beneficial for those with loose dentures who are looking for a much better alternative to securing dental prostheses in place.
Jawbone deterioration may be caused by the following:

Long-term tooth loss – when missing teeth problems are not addressed for a long time, the jawbone gradually deteriorates over time. This is because the bone does not get the stimulation (coming from the lost tooth roots) that is needed to maintain its healthy structure.

Severe gum disease – when gum disease becomes severe enough, it may lead to the deterioration of the jawbone, making it much thinner than its usual healthy structure. As the jawbone deteriorates, they may not be enough volume to support the placement of traditional dental implants.

Benefits of Zygomatic Implants

Ideal for replacing all teeth on the upper arch

Zygomatic implants can be used in an All on 4 dental implant treatment to restore the healthy function and appearance of all the teeth on the upper arch.

Suitable for insufficient jawbone structure
As zygomatic dental implants are embedded into the much denser structure of the cheekbone, they offer long-term missing teeth solutions even in cases of the severely atrophied jawbone – which will not be able to support conventional dental implants.

No need for bone grafting or sinus lift
Procedures such as bone grafts and sinus lifts are done to improve the volume and quality of deteriorated jawbone so that dental implants can successfully be placed. These augmentation methods are not needed anymore with zygomatic implants, because they are instead embedded into the cheekbone.

Same day loading of replacement teeth
Replacement teeth can be attached the same day the zygomatic implants are inserted into the cheekbone. This means that there will be no toothless period for the patient, who can go home after the dental appointment within the same day with a healthy, beautifully restored smile.

Can be used to solve failed dental implants or bone graft
In cases where previous dental implant treatments (conventional, All on 4, or mini implants) have failed and the jawbone quality has been compromised, zygomatic implants can be used to provide a successful missing teeth solution. These implants can also be used when dental implants that have previously been placed fail as a consequence of a bong graft failure.

Zygomatic implants eliminate the need for a sinus lift or bone graft that can both be expensive, so the entire treatment cost can significantly be lower compared to implant placement requiring complicated procedures.

Pain and Discomfort – Loose dentures will have a tendency to move around uncomfortably and uncontrollably inside the mouth. When the hard material of the dentures rubs against your gums, they are prone to inflammation and the development of painful sores – which can become infected if not treated properly. The rubbing motion caused by loose dentures can also result to the formation of sores or ulcers in the soft inner lining of the mouth – where the dentures can also rub against uncontrollably.

Problems with Speaking/Chewing – Loose dentures make it very difficult for you to speak clearly – since the uncontrollable movement of the dentures interferes with clear word pronunciation. Chewing and eating can likewise become uncomfortable and very challenging to do, especially with food items that are tough, chewy, or hard – with the movement of ill-fitting dentures. Have you tried biting on a hard piece of bread with loose dentures? If so, then you have an idea how painful and frustrating it can be!

Clicking Sound – Loose dentures can produce unwanted clicking sounds as they move around inside the mouth. This can be quite worrying and embarrassing, especially since it will be difficult for you to control when or where the sounds from your loose dentures will suddenly make themselves heard.

Loss of Self-Confidence – When you have loose dentures, you may find yourself becoming too self-conscious every time you need to open your mouth to speak, or even to smile. This is understandable, as there is a possibility that the movement of your dentures inside your mouth can be seen by others around you – and there is even that possibility that the dentures can fall out of your mouth completely! As a result, some people who have loose dentures may find themselves covering their mouths when they are speaking – or making a huge effort to keep their mouths closed most of the time, for fear of facing an embarrassing situation.


Pterygoid Implants

Pterygoid implants are placed at the junction of maxillary (upper jaw) bone and pterygoid process of the sphenoid bone. Pterygoid implants are considered when inadequate bone is present in the posterior maxilla, as an alternative to osseous augmentation to permit implant placement.

The primary advantage of using pterygoid implants is that the density of bone in this area affords good anchorage potential, which may be superior to that of any other part of the maxilla. These implants provide the same stability and function as an implant embedded into the jaw.

What are Pterygoid Implants?

Zygomatic implants are dental implants that are attached to the cheekbone instead of the jawbone. They are longer than conventional dental implants and are placed at an angle, allowing them to maximize the robust structure of the zygomatic bone (more commonly known as the cheekbone). On the other hand, pterygoid implants (also referred to as tuberosity implants or pterygo-maxillary implants) are embedded into the medial pterygoid plate that is located just behind the jawbone.

Both zygomatic and pterygoid Implants can be used in cases where there is significant jawbone deterioration, resulting in the unlikelihood of dental implants being inserted successfully. These implants are both longer than traditional dental implants and are embedded at an angle into the cheekbone and pterygoid plate behind the jawbone. The locations where these implants are placed are not affected by the bone shrinkage that comes with long-term tooth loss, so the implants will still be strongly anchored by ample bone quality and structure.

Why are Pterygoid Implants Used?

  • To anchor a fixed dental bridge into the upper jaw – Zygomatic and pterygoid implants are used together to secure a dental bridge as a long-term solution in place onto the upper jaw. The implants are embedded into the cheekbone and pterygoid plate in angled positions to maximise the existing bone structures.
  • For a successful smile rehabilitation even with severe jawbone shrinkage – Pterygoid and zygomatic implants make it possible for the entire upper arch of teeth to be restored with an implant treatment even with considerable jawbone loss. This is because the areas where the implants are placed (the cheekbone and pterygoid plate) are not affected by jawbone atrophy, allowing the artificial tooth roots to have the strong support they require to keep the teeth restorations for a long-term in place.
  • To avoid the need for a bone graft or sinus augmentation – Augmentation procedures on the jawbone and sinus areas may be needed prior to dental implant placement in case of bone deterioration. These procedures are not required anymore if pterygoid and zygomatic implants are used, since both of them are placed in areas of dense bone quality that are not disturbed by jawbone shrinkage.
  • As part of All-on-4 dental implant treatment – Zygomatic and pterygoid implants are used together for All-on-4 treatment. This procedure involves using 2 zygomatic implants that are inserted into the cheekbone along with 2 pterygoid implants that are placed into the pterygoid plate (behind the jawbone). These 4 implants are attached to a fixed dental bridge on the same day, making it possible for the entire upper arch of teeth to be rehabilitated without the patient enduring a toothless period or a lengthy healing phase for the dental implants.

Who is the Treatment For?

Zygomatic and pterygoid implants are suitable for patients who have long suffered from multiple or all missing teeth in the upper arch. Long-term tooth loss that has not been addressed with other dental implant treatments results in considerable jawbone shrinkage, making the patients unsuitable for conventional dental implants. In these cases, a treatment using zygomatic and pterygoid implants will deliver the much-needed missing teeth solutions since both types of implants are placed in locations other than the deteriorated jawbone.
These implants are for patients who prefer quick results when it comes to missing teeth solutions. The treatment using these implants together does not require a long waiting period for the titanium tooth roots to heal before the permanent teeth replacements are attached. This shortened treatment enables the smile to be restored to its former beauty and health in one day, with the implants and teeth restorations loaded within the same dental appointment.

Benefits of Pterygoid Implants

1) Improved stability: Pterygoid implants offer a high level of stability, as they are anchored in the dense pterygoid bone. This makes them a good option for patients who have experienced bone loss in the maxilla and may not have sufficient bone density for traditional implant placement.

2) Reduced need for bone grafting: Because pterygoid implants are placed in the pterygoid bone, which is often denser than other parts of the maxilla, there may be less need for bone grafting procedures to build up the bone in the area prior to implant placement.

3) Ability to support a full arch of teeth: Pterygoid implants can be used to support a full arch of teeth, which can improve a patient’s ability to chew and speak and provide a more natural-looking smile.

4) Reduced risk of sinus complications: Pterygoid implants are placed behind the maxillary sinus, which reduces the risk of sinus complications that can occur with traditional implant placement in the upper jaw.

5) Reduced treatment time: Because pterygoid implants can often be placed without the need for bone grafting procedures, the overall treatment time may be reduced, which can be beneficial for patients who want to restore their smile as quickly as possible.

It’s important to note that not all patients are good candidates for pterygoid dental implants, and a thorough evaluation by a dental professional is necessary to determine the best treatment plan for each individual.

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