If you suffer from gum disease or lose one or more teeth, your jaw bone might lose its structure. On the off chance that you lose bone mass in your jaw, you might go for a dental bone graft. Unfortunately, the extent of your condition may rule out this type of treatment. What would you do if you were deemed unsuitable for such treatment?  A sinus lift might be an alternative. It is a surgical procedure to add bone to your upper jaw around your rear teeth. Unfortunately, a sinus lift isn’t for everyone. If your dental bone mass, structure, strength, and density don’t allow for this type of treatment, you may opt for zygoma implants at Natural Teeth Implant Center

How Zygoma Implant Works

Zygomatic or zygoma implants help treat severe bone loss. Such implants may eliminate the need for a bone graft procedure. These implants support the upper jaw, giving it more structure to keep teeth and dentures in place. They are also a viable alternative to dental implants. 

Now that the basics are out of the way, are zygoma implants worth the trouble? In short, how good are they? 

A zygomatic implant is usually anchored to your cheekbone due to its higher density than the upper jaw. Anchoring reduces stress by spreading the pressure over a wide area, making it easier to place dental bridges.  Specialists use general anesthesia as a preferred technique for implantation. Patients report higher comfort levels, and the procedure is perceived as safer by dentists. 

A dentist may also use regional anesthesia in which a patient is conscious as the professional does their thing. To minimize complications, the patient selection criteria and the specialist’s experience should be front and center. Even so, it might not be easy to access the surgical site, necessitating considerable expertise. 

For emphasis’ sake, the predictability and safety of a zygoma procedure rely on a specialist surgeon’s experience and technique. Assuming that everything goes according to plan, the specialist can connect a clean set of teeth to your implants after the procedure. 

Success Rate and Benefits

Zygoma implants have been used widely for decades, and their success is documented. Case in point, a retrospective study was conducted to review the effectiveness of zygoma implants in providing oral rehabilitation among 28 patients. To do this, researchers analyzed implant outcomes over 16 years, dating from 1998 to 2013. 

The study established a cumulative success rate of 88 percent. Such a figure attests to the success of zygomatic implants, given that there were no major complications reported in the study. 

Zygomatic implants generally hold up well for years. Up to 96 percent of implants are reported to be in place after 12 years. As such, we can safely say that zygoma implants are an effective option if you would rather not go through bone-graft surgery. 

Functional or aesthetic zygoma implants improve your overall appearance while providing long-term tooth support. Unlike bone grafting patients, zygoma implant patients heal faster and can get back to normal life within a short period. 

Upon healing, you can resume eating hard foods which you may not have considered before the procedure. Plus, a zygomatic implant usually supports up to four teeth, unlike ordinary implants that hold one or two teeth. Having gone through the pros, let’s delve deeper by looking at the downside of these implants. 

Potential Risks 

Zygomatic implants present their unique challenges and risks, chief among them being sinusitis. Sinusitis may occur in the form of swelling of the cavities (openings) that drain mucus. If you experience nasal congestion or facial pain after a zygoma procedure, talk with your dentist to rule out sinusitis. 

Unfortunately, treating sinusitis can be difficult and may compel a physician to do away with your implant. Other issues that might arise after surgery include: 

  • Nasal bleeding
  • Injury of the orbital cavity, leading to eye complications
  • Soft tissue problems in the mouth
  • Oral hygiene problems
  • Soft-tissue swelling

Some of these complications are rare and could occur if a patient fails to adhere to a dentist’s post-surgical instructions. Generally, it would help if you considered taking the following self-care precautions: 

  • For pain management, take the prescribed pills
  • Complete your prescription as directed
  • Use ice packs to reduce swelling
  • Avoid alcohol consumption to prevent drug interactions (a situation where medication becomes ineffective)
  • Eat soft foods as the surgical site heals- the duration may vary
  • Avoid intense activity and focus on rest for at least a week

Likewise, schedule post-operation exams annually or every six months for a specialist to assess your progress. Doing so can nip potential problems in the bud. Overall, by taking time and making an effort to care for the surgical site, you can improve the procedure’s odds of success. 

In a nutshell, the upsides of zygoma implants paint the picture of a safe and reliable dental treatment despite the issues that might arise. A proper treatment plan that includes post-surgical care is the best way to ensure your implants last for years. Talk to a specialist dentist to determine if you are a viable candidate for such a procedure.