Call: (312) 944-9355

Zygomatic Dental Implants

Zygomatic Implants - The Alternative to Bone Grafting 

Losing teeth can often be devastating for people, especially when patients begin experiencing secondary oral problems, such as bone resorption. While most are able to restore strength to their jaw bones through bone grafting and other augmentation procedures, some patients may have experienced such significant deterioration that bone grafting is not possible. For these individuals, zygomatic implants can be an ideal alternative.

What are Zygomatic Implants?

Traditionally, dental implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone. In contrast, zygomatic implants, or cheekbone implants, use long rods that run through the cheek bones right below the eye sockets to stabilize fixed dentures for patients. Zygomatic implants use the existing bone in the cheeks to support prostheses for patients with weakened jaw bone but are not eligible for bone grafting. While this alternative are usually a last resort option for patients due to the inherent risk involved with the procedure, the procedure has a high rate of success, making it an ideal option for patients who would otherwise be limited.  

Who Can Receive Cheekbone Implants?

Patients using traditional dentures for extended periods of time experience bone loss in the upper and lower jaw. Deterioration of the jaw causes the dentures to loosen, leaving patients with an unstable and uncomfortable bite. With these consequences in mind, edentulous patients or patients without enough upper jawbone density to support implants are excellent candidates for the zygoma procedure, as well as individuals otherwise ineligible for traditional bone grafting. Rather than having to wait several months for grafted tissue to become fully integrated into the dentition, zygomatic implant patients can look forward to a full set of teeth following the procedure.

Who can Place a Zygomatic Implant?

While normal implants can usually be placed by dentist, periodontist, or oral surgeons, the zygoma procedure requires a qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon because the operation requires surgery into the cheek bone. Additionally, treatment planning must be precisely completed in order to create a surgical guide that strategically places the implants.During this process, our Chicago dentist works closely with local oral surgeons in order to create a comprehensive, personalized implant placement strategy. By utilizing the latest in diagnostic technology as well as paying close attention to the unique nuances of each smile, Dr. Sowell is able to create truly individualized, successful treatment plans. 

Learn More about Dental Implant Innovations with Dr. Sowell Today

For more information on zygomatic implants, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zenobia Sowell to find out if you’re eligible for the treatment, contact our Chicago dental office today! We look forward to helping all patients with deteriorated smiles find the right solution for achieving a beautiful, natural looking dentition.