Pterygoid and zygomatic dental implants are advanced solutions for patients with significant bone loss in the upper jawbone. Traditional dental implants require a certain amount of bone for successful placement, but in cases where there’s substantial bone loss, these alternative techniques can provide viable options.
Pterygoid Dental Implants: Pterygoid implants involve anchoring dental prosthetics to the pterygoid plate, a bony structure located in the rear of the upper jaw. This technique allows for stable implant placement even when there’s inadequate bone in the front part of the jaw. It’s a complex procedure that requires specialized training and experience.
Zygomatic Dental Implants: Zygomatic implants utilize the zygomatic bone, also known as the cheekbone, for support. This approach is suitable for patients with severe bone loss in both the upper jaw and maxillary sinuses. The implants are anchored in the zygomatic bone and extend into the remaining upper jawbone, providing a stable foundation for dental restorations.