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If you have been turned away for traditional dental implants, zygomatic implants could provide the solution for you. Zygomatic implants are a real alternative for patients for whom traditional dental implants are unsuitable. This is usually due to a lack of bone in the upper jaw. Instead of placing the titanium implants in the jaw bone, longer zygoma implants are attached to the cheekbone.
This procedure is carried out by our highly skilled dental implant surgeon, Richard Brookshaw. He is one of only a handful of surgeons nationwide who is able to carry out zygoma implant surgery in patients with bone loss, using these specially designed zygomatic implants. In cases where bone grafts in the jawbone wouldn’t be suitable, zygomatic implants might be the only solution. Likewise, if a bone graft has proven unsuccessful, zygomatic implants might be the only way to secure denture implants.
With Zygomatic implants ( secured into your cheekbones) it is possible to place implants and a fixed bridge for almost all patients. Gavin Laidlaw our Principal dentist will work with you to create your new smile using the best shade and size of teeth to look completely natural. We will ask you to bring along some old photos of you smiling to help us to create this.
Just a chat - there are no procedures at your first free consultation. We just sit and talk to you and get a better understanding of your situation. You have a choice - you can either meet with Gavin Laidlaw our Principal Dentist, or you can meet with our Implant Facilitator Nicola Corless who will be looking after you throughout the treatment process.
Not at all–our patients report a painless procedure. Our patients are always sedated throughout the Zygomatic implant procedure, and we pre-plan all pain relief medications. Most patients report some swelling, soreness and bruising a few days after the treatment but it is easily controlled with paracetamol.
Your temporary bridge will be fitted on the same day, so there is no need to feel that you will ever be without teeth. However your total treatment time, which includes healing to allow for the permanent bridge to be fitted will be between 6-8 months.
You will need to be with us for about 6 hours in total, which usually includes 2 hours for preparation, 2 hours of treatment and 2 hours relaxing in the separate recovery area in our dedicated implant suite.
Yes of course, we have a range of payment options to suit you, including interest free credit over 10 months and interest bearing rates over 3-5 years. Our treatment facilitator Nicky can discuss all the different options with you.
It very much depends on the type of work you do and how physical it is. Typically we would recommend a week off work.
For an initial period of 8-12 weeks whilst healing is in progress we recommend eating soft foods such as pasta, fish, chicken, cottage pie, sandwiches. During this period we would ask you to avoid eating harder items such as steak, nuts, crusty bread and pizzas. Once treatment is complete you can eat completely normally again.
Zygomatic implants are longer than traditional dental implants as they are attached to the cheekbone. The majority of patients can have a fixed bridge fitted on the same day as the implants are put in place. Replacing dentures with implant-supported bridges can dramatically improve your facial appearance as well as restoring the natural biomechanics of your jaw. You will be able to eat the foods you want to eat once again without a second thought. Denture implants are also easier to maintain as you won’t need to take them out to clean them. There is also less risk of losing the denture implants or accidentally breaking them.
Research has shown that zygomatic implants have close to a 100% success rate. Anchoring the implants close to the zygoma bone is also a much quicker alternative to bone grafting. Bone grafts can take up to six months to heal whereas you could walk out of the dental implant suite the same day with zygomatic implants.
Our dental implant team is led by Richard Brookshaw. Richard has extensive experience in placing dental implants (over 5,000 so far) including complex cases where bone grafts and sinus lifts are needed. Richard is supported by Niamh Collins, our Implant Treatment Facilitator. Niamh is also highly experienced in dental implant nursing and she provides nursing support throughout your dental implant treatment. She is on-hand before and after the procedure to answer any questions that you may have.