How Painful Are Zygomatic Implants?

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The placement of zygomatic implants is carefully executed to cause minimal trauma to surrounding tissues, which means less post-operative discomfort. This procedure is performed using sedation or under anesthesia, providing a pain-free experience for patients and helping them to feel completely at ease during the entire experience. All anesthesia options will be discussed thoroughly prior to the surgery.

Many of our patients have no memory of the implant procedure afterward, and are pleasantly surprised by the swift recovery process.

Whether you have dental anxiety or are worried about pain levels during the implant procedure, we can confidently put your concerns to rest. Here at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we utilize the most advanced techniques to ensure patient comfort and predictable surgical outcomes.

What are zygomatic implants?

Our dentists are proud to offer zygomatic dental implants, a revolutionary option for patients with extensive bone atrophy of the upper jaw. Unlike regular dental implants that are placed on your jawbone, zygomatic implants are fastened in the cheekbone.

These implants are extra-long and have a special design to reach the back of your mouth, near the bicuspids where they are anchored into thick zygomatic bone.

Zygomatic implants can help patients realize a beautiful smile and full oral function when bone grafting isn’t possible. Unlike other implant techniques and devices, these can be used to support a full bridge, without the need for additional surgeries.

Effective alternative to bone grafting

The implant procedure is performed in one office visit and does require bone grafting, which entails a lengthy 6-9 month healing period. This allows patients to benefit from immediate prosthetic placement while avoiding more invasive procedures. Less trauma to sensitive gum tissue means less pain and swelling. 

Our dental office utilizes the latest CT scanning technology and 3D planning software to facilitate minimally invasive implant procedures. Using implants in the zygomatic position has also allowed for the elimination of sinus augmentation procedures.

The end result is an immeasurable improvement in the patient’s confidence and overall quality of life, allowing them to smile, eat, laugh, and chew normally again.

Recovery after zygomatic implant surgery  

Mild discomfort after zygomatic implant surgery is normal and to be expected. Patients may develop some minor bruising and swelling that peaks at 48 hours. Sleeping with your head elevated on two pillows can help inflammation subside. Pain should be minimal and can be managed with over-the-counter medications, such as Advil or Motrin. Most adult patients can take up to 800 mg of Ibuprofen every 4-6 hours as needed. 

Slight bleeding or oozing at the implant site is normal for the first couple of days following the procedure. This should stop completely within 4 to 5 days.

Our dentists may recommend gently rinsing the mouth with a warm salt water mixture several times a day. To help expedite the body’s natural healing process, it’s important to stay hydrated and stick to a nutritious diet.

Protein shakes are encouraged. You’ll want to limit your meals the first few days to vitamin-rich soft foods, such as vegetable soup, yogurt, fruit smoothies, applesauce, and cottage cheese. As the healing progresses, you can transition to solid foods that are easily cut, such as cooked veggies, pasta, scrambled eggs, chicken, or mashed potatoes. Try and avoid nuts, seeds, and other foods that can get lodged in the surgical site.

Dissolvable sutures are typically used for dental implants, and will disappear after 7-8 days. It’s best to avoid blowing your nose or hard sneezes for the first 2 weeks following the surgery. As always, proper oral hygiene is critical to prevent bacteria from causing infection. Brush and floss regularly, as advised by your dentist.

Zygomatic implant dentists on Long Island

Zygomatic dental implants promise high success rates and minimal discomfort for our patients. The recovery period is much faster when compared to implants combined with bone grafting surgery.

Unsure if zygomatic implants are right for you? Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot in our Huntington and Rocky Point office locations.

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