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Zygomatic Implants

Were You Told You Need Extensive Grafting or That You Are Not a Candidate for Dental Implants? Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky Can Help!

At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we specialize in helping patients with severely atrophic bone in the upper jaw through the use of Zygomatic Dental Implants. Our renowned expert, Dr. Kaplansky, has been at the forefront of this procedure, having given lectures and hands-on surgical placement courses to other surgeons. He has even co-authored a textbook on Zygomatic, pterygoid, and other complex implant procedures.

These implants are especially helpful for people who can’t get traditional dental implants but still need ways to replace missing teeth. Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky is proud to offer this as an option so that patients who cannot receive the traditional procedures are still able to get the treatment and care that they deserve. 

What Are Zygomatic Implants?

Thanks to advances in technology, zygomatic implants have helped many people avoid having to go through the long and painful processes of bone grafting and sinus lifts. Zygomatic implants are the best choice for people who have lost so much bone that they can’t get traditional dental implants. These implants are also known as “rescue implants,” as they can be used after resorption or infection results in a failed bone graft.

The process involves a surgical procedure that requires very specialized training and experience. Rest assured, we here at Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky are one of the few practices today that are trained to perform this procedure. In short, zygomatic implants help people with bone loss get dental implants and permanent teeth faster and easier.

How Do Zygomatic Implants Work?

So, how do Zygomatic implants work? Traditional upper arch implants are fixed to the bone in the jaw, known as the maxilla. If the maxilla has undergone severe deterioration or resorption, then traditional implants are impossible. Instead, we can anchor zygomatic implants to the bulk of the bone that makes up your cheekbone, known as the Zygoma.

These implants are placed through the alveolar crest (the ridge of bone that contains your tooth sockets), and the maxillary sinus, to be anchored to your Zygoma. Usually, the process involves placing two zygomatic implants in the back of the maxilla, above the premolars, along with two to four traditional implants in the front, above the canines and incisors. If deterioration of the anterior maxilla is too severe, then two additional zygomatic implants can be placed in the Zygomas for additional anchorage (Quad Zygomas).

Planning The Dental Implant Process

To ensure proper restoration, a 3D CAT scan is required to plan and place these implants in a safe and prosthetically driven position. As part of your workup and treatment planning, we will go over your case and plan and discuss the pertinent risks and benefits of these implants. Dr. Kaplansky also fabricates and places the teeth on the implants right here in Gasport in our own dental laboratory.

Zygomatic Implant X-ray side profile

Making Your Procedure Comfortable Through Sedation

At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we understand that the process of getting zygomatic implants can be daunting. However, our team is one of the few practices today that is trained to perform this procedure. We do this procedure while you are sedated through an IV by a board-certified anesthesiologist to make sure you are comfortable.

We use intravenous sedation, which is given by a board-certified anesthesiologist, to make this procedure more comfortable. After surgery, the zygomatic implants will often be loaded with a temporary fixed bridge.

How Long Do The Zygomatic Implants Take To Heal?

After giving the implants approximately 3–4 months to integrate with your facial bones, a final restoration is made, giving you a beautiful and functional smile. Our patients are delighted with their results, and we are confident you will be too.

Zygomatic Implant X-ray

Contact Dentistry By Dr. Kaplansky Today to Learn More!

People who have lost a lot of bone in their maxilla may find that zygomatic implants are a better option. They can be used in the event of failed implants or bone grafts and as a means of rehabilitation after trauma or cancer/tumor ablation.

If you are interested in learning more about zygomatic implants and if they are right for you, contact us today at (716) 772-7500 to schedule your appointment. Our team is here to help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile!