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In certain situations, the bone of the upper jaw can “shrink” and become significantly smaller to the point that sometimes, it can literally disappear. This is what is known as “bone loss”. The result of this is an upper maxillary bone made up of a very pneumatized sinus that contains a lot of air and is separated from the mouth by a thin bone septum, only a few millimeters thick. Colloquially, this is also known as “jawbone loss,” a situation where there is not enough bone material for conventional implants to be placed. Currently, our process involves using the cheekbone, or zygomatic bone, to anchor implants and place fixed teeth in 24 hours.
Zygomatic implants are longer than conventional implants. Starting at the residual maxillary bone, they are anchored to the zygomatic bone, malar bone or cheekbone. One of the distinguishing characteristics of the zygomatic bone is that, unlike the maxillary bone, tooth loss does not cause it to atrophy.
Zygomatic implants are used to secure fixed teeth in atrophic maxillary bones and help prevent complications that derive from the use of bone grafts in the maxillary sinus, nose or the alveolar ridge. Zygomatic implants are therefore the preferred option for treating tooth loss in patients who cannot have regular implants because of a lack of sufficient maxillary bone.
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.
All of that thanks to Doctor Aparicio.
Patient satisfaction is the sole objective of all ZAGA Centers. Providing a personalized treatment from diagnostic to long-term follow-up ensures the quality and durability of the solution that best fits each patient’s needs.
ZAGA Centers are unique as they use protocols that guarantee optimal long-term results. Moreover, they have access to state-of-the-art technology, such as ZAGA-design zygomatic implants, specially made to fit each individual anatomy.
Treating tooth loss with fixed prosthesis anchored on zygomatic implants has a 92% 10-year success rate. With new developments such as the ZAGA method, these implants now improve patients’ prognosis by reducing the number of related complications.