Restore Your Missing Smile with Zygomatic Implants
Zygomatic implants were first introduced in Europe in 1988 and incorporated into practice in the U.S. in 1998. Zygomatic dental implants in Cadillac, MI and Traverse City, MI are reserved for patients with severe bone loss in the upper jaw that is too extensive to restore with conventional dental implants. As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Joseph Amalfitano is highly skilled in all aspects of periodontics including the use of lasers, soft tissue and bone grafting and advanced implant dentistry. Amalfitano Center for Dental Implants & Periodontics is one of an elite number of practices in the U.S. to offer these specialized dental implants. If you’ve been told by another practice that you aren’t a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Amalfitano will help determine if this innovative solution is a good option for you based on your oral health and anatomy. If you qualify, these implants will transform your smile function and beauty and dramatically improve your quality of life!
What are Zygomatic Dental Implants?
While conventional dental implants are secured in the jawbone, zygomatic dental implants are surgically placed in the zygomatic (cheek) bones. Anchoring longer implants in the zygomatic bone enables using an immediate loading protocol, thereby dramatically shortening the time it takes to receive a final restoration. Prior to development of zygomatic dental implants, invasive grafting procedures were required to establish adequate bone volume to place dental implants. Furthermore, many patients were told they weren’t candidates and had to settle for upper dentures. Zygomatic implants help prevent grafting and shorten treatment time, with significant postoperative improvements in function and aesthetics. Although zygomatic implants provide exceptional benefits, they’re one of the most complex surgeries in implant dentistry and few clinicians are trained in this procedure. Dr. Amalfitano places zygomatic dental implants in Traverse City, MI and Cadillac, MI on a routine basis and has years of experience and clinical results to back this treatment.
Benefits of Zygomatic Implants
The Lasting Benefits of Dental Implants
During your consultation, Dr. Amalfitano will ask you about your full medical history and perform an oral examination to ensure you’re an appropriate candidate for this procedure. Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) is used during your preoperative evaluation to obtain an estimate for implant sizes and plan accurate placement. Zygomatic dental implants may sound more invasive than conventional implant surgery, but they can be placed in one surgical procedure under sedation. The extra-long implants are placed near the location of your bicuspid teeth (your fourth and fifth teeth from the center of the mouth to the back of your mouth) into the zygomatic bone. This procedure may also involve placing conventional dental implants where the bone in your jaw is most dense. Zygomatic dental implants in Traverse City, MI and Cadillac, MI are a transformative solution for patients with severe upper jaw bone loss. The first step on your journey to a new smile is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Amalfitano to see if you’re a candidate for this innovative, life-changing implant protocol.