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Advances in Treating Atrophic Maxilla: Zygomatic and Pterygoid Implants


Understanding Atrophic Maxilla

The maxilla, or upper jaw, can sometimes suffer from severe bone loss, a condition known as atrophic maxilla. This can make it challenging to place traditional dental implants because there isn't enough bone to support them. This bone loss can be caused by factors such as prolonged tooth loss, periodontal disease, or trauma.


Innovative Solutions: Zygomatic and Pterygoid Implants

Advancements in dental implant technology have introduced innovative solutions for patients with atrophic maxilla. Two such solutions are zygomatic implants and pterygoid implants. These specialised implants provide a stable foundation for dental restorations without the need for extensive bone grafting.


Zygomatic Implants

Zygomatic implants are longer than traditional implants and are anchored in the zygomatic bone (cheekbone), which offers excellent stability and support. These implants are ideal for patients with significant bone loss in the upper jaw.


Benefits of Zygomatic Implants:

  • Avoidance of Bone Grafting: Zygomatic implants eliminate the need for bone grafting, making the procedure less invasive and reducing healing time.

  • Immediate Function: In many cases, zygomatic implants can support a fixed prosthesis on the same day as the surgery, allowing patients to leave with a new set of teeth immediately.

  • High Success Rate: Zygomatic implants have a high success rate, providing long-term stability and functionality.


Pterygoid Implants

Pterygoid implants are another option for patients with atrophic maxilla. These implants are placed in the pterygoid plate of the sphenoid bone, located at the back of the upper jaw. Pterygoid implants provide strong anchorage in dense bone, bypassing areas with insufficient bone volume.


Benefits of Pterygoid Implants:

  • Enhanced Stability: By anchoring in the dense bone of the pterygoid plate, these implants offer excellent stability and support for dental prostheses.

  • Minimized Surgical Procedures: Pterygoid implants can reduce the need for additional surgical procedures such as bone grafting, making the treatment process more straightforward.

  • Immediate Load-Bearing: Similar to zygomatic implants, pterygoid implants can often support a fixed prosthesis immediately after placement, providing immediate function and aesthetics.



Why Choose Us for Zygomatic and Pterygoid Implants?

As an experienced implant surgeon and Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, I perform advanced implantology techniques, including zygomatic and pterygoid implants. In addition, Nuffield Dental is a ZAGA Centre



- this affliation (by qualification) to the founder of the ZAGA surgical technique Dr Carlos Aparicio, shows my dedication to staying at the forefront of dental advancements ensures that you receive the highest standard of care.


Our Advanced Treatment Approach

  • Comprehensive Assessment: We begin with a thorough assessment of your oral health and bone structure using advanced imaging technology to determine the best treatment plan for your needs.

  • Customised Treatment Plan: Based on the assessment, we create a personalised treatment plan that addresses your specific condition and goals.

  • Expert Surgical Care: With my extensive experience and expertise, I perform the implant placement procedure with precision and care, ensuring optimal outcomes.

  • Immediate Restoration: In many cases, we can provide immediate load-bearing prostheses, allowing you to enjoy a new set of teeth on the same day as the surgery.


Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you have been told you are not a candidate for traditional dental implants due to severe bone loss, zygomatic and pterygoid implants may be the solution you've been looking for. Schedule a consultation with us to explore your options and take the first step towards restoring your smile and confidence.


Contact our office today to book an appointment. We are committed to providing exceptional care and helping you achieve a beautiful, functional smile with the latest advancements in implant dentistry.

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