Restoring the smile after tooth loss is essential to maintain oral health and wellness, as well as appearance and function. There are many ways patients can replace teeth, but a popular option for Fort Lauderdale, FL area patients is that of dental implants. While many dental practices utilize implants, the team at the Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery utilizes zygoma implants, also referred to as “zygomatic” implants. These are used in certain situations to help patients obtain implants even when jaw bone is insufficient.
What is a zygoma implant?
A zygoma implant is a specialized implant that is used differently than a traditional implant. With most dental implants, the implant is placed into the bone of the jaw to replace a single tooth or to support a restoration such as a bridge or a denture. However, some patients have inadequate bone to place a dental implant due to bone resorption that naturally occurs over time after a tooth has been lost. In situations such as this, a zygomatic implant may be placed. Instead of being placed into the jaw, the implant is placed into the zygomatic bone, or “cheek bone.” This allows a patient who might otherwise not be able to have a dental implant to place one and enjoy the benefits.
Who is a good candidate for zygomatic implants?
Patients who have experienced bone resorption will benefit from the placement of a zygomatic implant. To determine candidacy, Dr. Leslie Sultan will have several x-rays done to evaluate the bone available for placing an implant. If insufficient, the zygomatic bone will be considered. This requires a special procedure for placement but can provide patients with dental implants in a situation where they may not be considered a proper candidate without the need for added services to prepare the area such as bone grafting.
Dr. Leslie Sultan offers zygoma implants
If you are interested in discussing zygoma implants with a professional in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area, we encourage you to book a consultation visit with our dentist at the Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery. Call (954) 771-8772 and visit the office at 4800 North Federal Highway, Suite #201.