All on 4 Dental Implants- What are They? And Why You Might be a Candidate?
As of this summer, Seaforth Oral Surgery is proud and excited to be offering the sophisticated procedure known as zygomatic dental implants, also know as All-on-4 Dental implants. Since this a new offering for our patients, we thought we’d spend a few minutes exploring this treatment by asking ourselves a few basic questions.
What are zygomatic dental implants?
Zygomatic implants are not that different from regular dental implants. A standard dental implant is when incisions are made into the jaw or skull to support the implant (such as a titanium screw) that holds, say, a denture or a crown.
Where zygomatic dental implants differ is that the implant mechanism is longer and, instead of being anchored in the jaw or skull, is anchored in the dense bone that forms the cheekbone. It might help to visualize it, so let’s take a look at how zygomatic implants are structured.
Have you ever been denied a regular dental implant? If the reason was due to significant bone loss in the upper jaw, then zygomatic implants might be right for you. Traditional dental implants wouldn’t be suitable due to a lack of supportive bone volume, however zygomatic implants solve this problem by shifting the support of your denture to the zygomatic bones.
What makes this procedure work?
What allows this the procedure to be so effective is the density of the zygomatic bone that supports the implants. This is a particularly strong bone that offers predictable and stable anchorage (or ‘osseointegration’); in layman’s terms, it shifts the ‘grunt work’ that your jaw would do to hold your implant in place to bones slightly above the jaw but just as strong.
Should you be concerned about undergoing such a new procedure?
It’s normal to approach undergoing a new procedure with caution. In reality, while Seaforth Oral Surgery has just begun offering this type of implant, Dr. Antoine Chehade reminds us that “the zygomatic implant is not a new technique… it is a very elegant manner that allows for patients who are otherwise not candidates for implants because of severe bone loss to benefit from a tremendous increase in quality of life with this treatment.” The procedure has been around for 20-odd years but can only be performed by a set of specialized experts, which is why it is not commonly offered.
Should you consider a zygomatic implant?
One of the main reasons patients undergo this procedure is that they are seeking to improve their quality of life. Is your current solution preventing you from eating foods you love? With such implants you would regain significant chewing strength, not to mention improved speech. Additionally, there is no longer a need to undergo bone grafting (which can take months to heal) before an eventual implant surgery. In this case, you can have your dentures affixed after just a few hours of treatment; restoring your smile has never been quicker.
At Seaforth Oral Surgery, we are happy to report that our first patient of the procedure reported being ‘very pleased’ with the outcome, having experienced only ‘minimal discomfort,’ and has been ‘very satisfied’ with treatment thus far. After 40 years of wearing dentures, it feels wonderful to provide her with a more permanent and easier to maintain solution.
We hope our Q & A on zygomatic dental implants has proved helpful in better understanding this advanced treatment now available at Seaforth Oral Surgery. If you’re interested in exploring if this treatment is right for you, don’t be shy to contact us or schedule a consultation.