What are Zygomatic and Pterygoid Implants and how do they work?

Bone resorption in the mandibular or maxillary region after tooth loss depends on various factors; general factors such as the individual’s sex or age, or local factors such as trauma or bone metabolism diseases. These changes in the bone structure must be considered in the diagnosis and planning of dental implant treatment.

The Maxillofacial Institute has extensive experience in the area of Implantology. It is one of the centres with the most expertise at international level in placing special implants such as zygomatic and pterygoid implants. These implants enable us to restore the quality of life that all our patients deserve.

Zygomatic and pterygoid implants

The main characteristic of these implants is that they are inserted into two bones that never suffer resorption -the zygomatic bone, for zygomatic implants, and the pterygoid bone, for pterygoid implants- even when there is severe atrophy of the maxillary bone.

This surgical technique offers three major benefits:

  • It is a good alternative to bone graft placement for patient’s suffering considerable maxillary bone resorption.
  • It reduces the patient’s treatment time safely, quickly and comfortably.
  • It guarantees improved aesthetics for every patient, regardless of the quality of their bone for dental implant placement. However, zygomatic and pterygoid implant placement is sometimes accompanied by the use of normal implants, depending on the quality and quantity of the patient’s bone.

Zygomatic and pterygoid implants are also special because of their length. They are much longer than conventional implants in order to ensure good bone anchorage. Zygomatic implants are 30 to 55 mm long and pterygoid implants are 15 to 20 mm long.

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