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Zygomatic Implants Tackle Severe Bone Loss

If you’ve been told by another practice that you’re not a candidate for dental implants due to extensive bone loss in your upper jaw (posterior maxilla), we welcome you to our practice. Dr. Mark Elvis Calderón has in-depth anatomical knowledge and an impressive track record dating back to 1999 placing dental implants to restore missing teeth, including zygomatic implants in West Islip and Oceanside, NY. In fact, FaceLipsTeeth (FLT) is one of the few elite practices in the U.S. that offers both zygomatic and pterygoid dental implants. Both of these types of implants are among the most complex surgeries in implant dentistry and as such, few specialists are trained in these procedures.

What are Zygomatic Dental Implants?

Unlike conventional dental implants that are secured in your jawbone, zygomatic dental implants are surgically placed in the zygomatic (cheek) bones. Compared to the maxillary bone, the zygomatic bone is much denser and provides a solid anchor point for the implant. This bone isn’t subject to bone loss as a result of missing teeth or periodontal disease. Because zygomatic implants are placed in the cheekbone, they’re significantly longer than traditional dental implants (30–60mm vs. 6–16mm). Zygomatic implants have a proven track record for individuals with severe bone loss in the posterior maxilla for both two-stage and immediate loading protocols. Placing the implants in the cheekbone eliminates the need for bone grafting and sinus lift procedures. Additional indications for zygomatic implants include failed conventional implant placement and unsuccessful sinus augmentation or grafting procedures.

Evidence-Based Technologies Deliver Excellent Outcomes

As with all the dental implant technologies he carefully selects, Dr. Calderon uses the highest quality zygomatic dental implants in Oceanside and West Islip, NY to provide the best possible patient outcomes. The Zygomatic™ from Norris Medical is made from titanium and features sharp threads at the apical part for maximum retention to the zygomatic bone and a 2.42mm hex connection for simple and easy restoration.

What are Pterygoid Dental Implants?

This type of dental implant is a viable solution for people with missing teeth in the upper jaw and bone loss in the posterior maxilla. Although this type of implant bypasses the maxillary sinuses, placement is in the pterygomaxillary or pterygoid region, which is lower than the zygomatic bone. The implants measure about 15–20mm and are placed at an angle in the upper second or third molar area.

The Benefits of Zygomatic and Pterygoid Implants

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The Zygomatic and Pterygoid Implant Process

Although zygomatic and pterygoid dental implants may sound more invasive than conventional dental implant treatment, Dr. Calderón can place them in one surgical procedure with nitrous oxide sedation. During your procedure, the implants are placed in strategic positions in your bone to ensure maximum stability. Normal dental implants may also be used along with zygomatic and pterygoid implants, if the quality and quantity of your bone in other areas is sufficient. This is more likely if you’re receiving both upper and lower arch dental implant.

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