What types of cases are zygomatic implants recommended for?
Zygomatic implants are used as a last resource for people with bone loss in order to avoid the use of bone grafts, which are more aggressive and less predictable. When your ZZC surgeon uses the ZAGA method to place your zygomatic implants, you will benefit from having fixed teeth in just one day that are more aesthetic and similar in appearance to your original teeth. In addition to providing a better long-term prognosis, this procedure is less invasive, is specifically designed to adjust to your personal anatomical characteristics and the method makes patients less likely to encounter the complications of other zygomatic implants.
What diagnostic testing is needed?
In addition to an intraoral examination, a panoramic X-ray is generally needed as well as an X-ray computed tomography, such as a Cone Beam CT. These tests do not eliminate the need for other medical tests.
What is the ZAGA method for zygomatic implants?
The placement of zygomatic implants with the ZAGA method uses a minimally invasive osteotomy by following an individualized route for each patient that often passes through part of the maxillary sinus until it is anchored in the zygomatic (malar) bone. Zygomatic implants are used to attach fixed teeth to atrophic maxillary bones by avoiding the need for and the complications of bone grafts in the maxillary sinus, nose or alveolar ridge. Zygomatic implants are therefore the preferred option for restoring the missing teeth of people who cannot receive regular implants due to maxillary bone loss.
Why is a ZAGA center the best place to get zygomatic implants?
Zygoma Zaga Centers bring in both regional and local patients with severe maxillary atrophy, making them the real experts on maxillary atrophy (bone loss in the mouth). ZZCs have the capacity to treat more patients and therefore have the experience to handle your case successfully. They also have established the protocols for achieving superior long-term results and have access to state-of-the-art technology such as the ZAGA model for zygomatic implants that are specifically designed to adapt to the anatomy of each person. For the ZZC team, the patient is the center of our treatment. The seasoned professionals of the ZAGA method understand and empathize with the patient’s suffering, in whatever form this may present. As leading experts in treating advanced bone atrophy, your ZZC will adapt the treatment and the zygomatic implants to your specific anatomy, and not the other way around. In other words, ZZCs promote the ZAGA philosophy of providing therapy that is specific to each patient (patient-specific therapy), a philosophy that is commonly used in medicine today to maximize the duration of successful treatment.
How long does it take to complete the treatment?
After the zygomatic implants are placed, and generally within 24 hours of the procedure, patients will receive a fixed denture called an “immediate prosthesis.” The final prosthesis is created after a 4-month period of using the provisional fixed teeth, during which time a soft diet is recommended. Throughout these first few months, it is normal for the inflammation in the gums to reduce; this creates gaps between the prosthesis and the gums that get bigger over time. The final prosthesis will fill these gaps and correct other technical and aesthetic aspects.
What can be done if an implant is not successful?
There are few options to deal with the unsuccessful placement of a zygomatic implant. It is our firm belief that in the great majority of cases, patients who lose their teeth and have severe atrophy in their maxilla have only ONE opportunity to treat this tooth loss with fixed teeth, so the process has to be performed right on the first try. This is why it is best to rely on a center that is highly specialized in the restoration of extreme maxillary atrophy with zygomatic implants.
Can there be complications?
As with all surgeries, there is always a potential for complications, so you should ask about your specific case in order to be informed of these in detail. Generally, however, the ZAGA method prevents oro-antral communication-related complications, which are common with other methods. Compared to traditional zygomatic implant techniques, the dental prosthesis used in the ZAGA method takes up a natural space in the mouth, as its dimensions are very similar to those of original teeth, which helps improve aesthetic aspects, maintenance and hygiene.