Dental Implants, zygomatic implants from Richard Brookshaw
Only a zygomatic surgeon can fit a zygomatic implant.
It is a much longer implant than normal and one that extends from the mouth where it is used to anchor the bridge to the underside of the cheek bone – the zygoma. They can be used to provide extra support just at the back of the mouth where poor bone is more commonly found, or at the front as well in more extreme cases where the bone is poor throughout the jaw.
Placing implants is a technical procedure and requires bone of a certain quality in good volumes for a successful result to be achieved. To assess this our principle diagnostic tool is the CT scan x-ray, which enables us to see in three dimensions the shape and density of your jawbones, and to plan by doing “virtual surgery” on the scan.
The scan also shows us small anatomical features, such as nerves, which we need to avoid during surgery. We can determine the placement position, size and diameter of the implants we will need to use and once this is done we can confirm with a high degree of confidence that surgery is a good option for you and provide you with a full treatment plan and estimate.
As with conventional All-on-4 cases the assessment for zygoma implants is carried out using the CT scan. This allows us to make our decisions on positioning of the implants and also to produce a 3D solid model of your jaw bone to confirm the planning and to rehearse the drilling angles and overall surgical approach that is unique for your case. This use of modern technology enables us to be confident in our surgery, and to be able to offer this treatment to you with the fullest possible preparation and assessment having been carried out.
Clinical studies with reviews over a 9 year period using this technique have shown up to 100% success rates for this treatment in the 20 years since the technique was first developed, and we have been offering this treatment here in the UK for the last 5 years.