Patients who have a high degree of bone atrophy (jaws without the necessary height and/or width to support implants owing to bone loss) can receive zygoma implants.
This is an advanced technique that was developed in Sweden. It constitutes an alternative treatment for patients with severe bone atrophy, thus avoiding the use of bone grafts from other parts of the body.
These patients may be missing bone due to long term tooth loss, trauma, cancer or tumors of the region.
Zygoma implants differ from conventional implants because they are attached to the body of the zygomatic bone. They also have different characteristics, such as size, diameter and specific angulations.
The use of this technique is an excellent alternative while treating patients who have lost teeth and who have limited bone mass in the maxillary region. For patients, it represents a new hope for treatment and enables the attachment of an upper fixed prosthesis. It is possible that the implants are loaded on the same day of surgery.
This technique, which is available at Clark Holmes Smith Oral Facial Surgery, represents an alternative for aesthetic, masticatory and functional rehabilitation of patients with severe maxillary bone loss.