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Zygomatic Implants

The zygomatic dental implant technique is used in cases when there is not enough bone in the jaw.  It is a documented technique that is recognised by the international scientific community. It allows the patient to enjoy fixed teeth immediately after the surgery, within 24 to 48 hours.

Benefits of the Operation

It is reliably accepted that rehabilitation with implants in patients who have no teeth improves quality of life in all three functional, psychological and social areas. They are minimally invasive techniques, which can be performed even without needing to cut the gum and without pain (guided surgery), as they are also fast, safe and predictable. Numerous scientific studies corroborate that the success rate is almost 100%. What's more, it has been documented that the use of immediate function techniques increases therapeutic acceptance and minimises post-surgical discomfort for patients.

Medical-technical description

The zygomatic dental implant technique is used in cases when there is absence of jaw bone. Two zygomatic implants are inserted into the jaw, one on each side of the upper jaw, anchored or "attached" to the cheekbone, together with two to four conventional implants at the front of the jaw. In cases of total upper jaw (maxillary) reabsorption, two implants can also be installed in each zygomatic zone (quadruple zygoma). Twenty-four to 48 hours later, the provisional fixed prosthesis is fitted.

Some months after the surgery, the patient can have the final prosthesis. This is also a fixed prosthesis, made-to-measure for the patient using better quality materials for a superior appearance.

About the operation

The surgery is performed in the operating theatre under general anaesthesia, and in the majority of cases takes approximately two hours. The patient stays in hospital for at least one day.

Between 24 and 48 hours after the surgery, the patient is fitted with a fixed provisional prosthesis and the patient can now enjoy his or her fixed teeth.

Before the operation

  • The patient must have a dental panoramic X-ray (orthopantomogram) and a zygoma CAT (of the orbit) to be able to make a suitable diagnosis.
  • The patient has a blood test, chest X-ray and electrocardiogram.
  • The patient is admitted to hospital at eight o'clock in the morning and must therefore not eat or drink anything for eight hours before the surgery.
  • You must remove all metal objects during the operation (rings, bracelets, earrings, body piercings, etc.).

Post-operative care

  • For the first few days after the operation you may have some discomfort or swelling in the face, which will disappear when you take the medicine prescribed by the surgeon in two to three days.
  • You may also notice some slight bleeding and a low fever, which will also disappear quickly.
  • For the first 24 hours you must only eat soft, cold food, You must not rinse your mouth or clean your teeth and you must apply ice wrapped in cloths to your face.
  • After the first 24 hours you must rinse your mouth with water and salt for ten days, eat a diet you can tolerate, apply dry heat to the swollen area and once you are brushing your teeth normally, use BEXIDENT POST.

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