How Much Do Zygomatic Dental Implants Cost
Zygomatic dental implants are an excellent solution for patients who need dental implants but are unable to receive traditional implants due to bone loss in the maxillary (upper) jaw and cannot or do not want to endure extensive bone grafting. Bone grafts are typically the way to go when a patient needs bone structure to support dental implants but bone grafts add a significant amount of healing time to the overall healing. For patients receiving dental implants.
When are zygomatic implants used?
Sometimes, a patient does not have enough upper jaw bone structure to support a maxillary dental implant due to bone resorption and/or pneumatization of the sinus.
Bone resorption is where the bone is broken down and absorbed by the body. Osteoclast cells are the cells responsible for the breakdown of bone minerals which release calcium and phosphorus into the bloodstream. When the body does not get enough calcium from the individual’s diet, the body will break down bone structure faster than it can replace it, leading to a loss of bone mass.
Pneumatization of the sinus is the enlargement of the sinus cavity. This process can occur due to factors such as heredity, nasal mucous membrane pneumatization, craniofacial configuration, bone density, sinus surgeries, growth hormones, air pressure within the cavity of the sinus and an age related process.
The minimum bone level for a standard implant to be placed in the posterior (back) region of the upper jaw is about 10 millimeters in order to ensure implant survival. When there is insufficient bone structure available, bone grafting procedures and sinus lift procedures may be performed to increase bone mass. Bone grafting procedures in the jaw have the disadvantage of extended treatment time, restriction of prosthesis wear, and graft rejection. A bone graft can add on another two to three months of healing time before an implant can even be placed.
Zygomatic dental implants are beneficial to patients that have experienced severe bone loss and significantly reduce the time, expense, and the number of surgeries compared to standard dental implants with bone grafts. They enable patients to avoid sinus augmentation, bone grafts, and a prolonged waiting period to get traditional dental implants and restorations.
Zygomatic implants anchor partially in the jaw bone and partially in the cheekbone and have a high success rate of about 96% which is comparable to traditional dental implants! Depending on the bone quality of the patient and the number of teeth needing to be replaced, either two or four zygomatic implants are placed.
How much do zygomatic dental implants cost?
The cost of zygomatic dental implants depends on the complexity of the case and the number of implants required. Zygomatic implants can cost anywhere from $18,000 to $25,000 which includes the implants, surgery, temporary restoration, and final restoration.
If you are interested in dental implants but have poor bone mass, speak with your dentist to see if you are a candidate for zygomatic dental implants!