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At Mountain State Oral and Facial Surgery, our doctors and staff commit to providing every patient with attentive and compassionate care. Everyone deserves a happy and healthy smile! Call or schedule your appointment online today.
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Zygomatic Dental Implants

Zygomatic dental implants are an alternative to traditional dental implants, utilized when there is insufficient bone in the upper jaw. Thanks to modern technological advancements, zygomatic implants have allowed many patients to forgo the lengthy processes of bone grafting and sinus lifts. Known as the “rescue implant”, they can even be used after resorption or infection results in a failed bone graft. The process involves a surgical procedure that requires adequate training and experience. Rest assured, we here at Mountain State Oral and Facial Surgery, are one of the few practices today that have the necessary skills and experiences to perform this procedure. In short, zygomatic implants offer patients with deteriorated bone, a quicker and easier route to dental implants and fixed dentures.

How Zygomatic Implants Work

Traditional upper arch implants are fixed to the bone in the jaw, known as the maxilla. If the maxilla has undergone severe deterioration or resorption, then traditional implants are impossible. Instead, we can anchor zygomatic implants to the bone bulk that makes up your cheekbone, known as the zygomatic arch, hence the name. These implants are placed through the alveolar crest (the ridge of bone that contains your tooth sockets), and the maxillary sinus, to be anchored to your zygomatic arch. Typically, the process requires the use of two zygomatic implants to be placed in the posterior maxilla (above the premolars), in combination with 2 to 4 traditional implants located in the anterior region (above the canines and incisors). If deterioration of the anterior maxilla is too severe, then two additional zygomatic implants can be placed in a more anterior position.

The procedure requires extensive drilling, due to the length of the implants, and it is critical to protect the surrounding anatomical framework. We will need to use pre-surgical 3D planning with CT or CBCT scans to develop a comprehensive overview, and ensure that each implant is precise. The scans may be used to create a model of your jaw, which allows us to properly analyze the shape of your jaw and zygomatic arch.

For a more comfortable experience, this sort of procedure usually involves the use of intravenous sedation. After surgery, the zygomatic implants will typically be loaded with a temporary fixed bridge, although sometimes it may take a few days to heal. Then, after a recovery time of about four months, a final restoration can be placed, giving you a bright new smile.

Contact Us Today About Zygomatic Implants

Zygomatic implants offer a better alternative for those who have experienced extreme bone deterioration in the maxilla. They can be used in the event of a failed implants, failed bone grafts, and as a means of rehabilitation after trauma. They can also help you avoid sinus augmentation. You can receive your dental implants faster and easier than ever before, allowing you to chew, speak, and have the beautiful new smile that you have always wanted. If you are interested in learning more about zygomatic implants or have any questions, contact us today at 304-345-1092 and we will be happy to schedule your appointment!

What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty (BLEF-uh-ro-plas-tee) modifies the eyelid surgically when there is excess tissue (skin, muscle or fat) that requires repositioning or removing. Surrounding muscles and tendons may also be reinforced.

Eyelid surgery is often considered elective when it is done for cosmetic reasons. But it can be an important procedure when so much of the upper eyelid droops that the peripheral or side vision is impaired.

Medical conditions, attitudes and lifestyle choices all help determine suitable candidates for this surgery.
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Can I Drink Alcohol After Getting My Tooth Extracted?
Once you have one or several teeth pulled, it is easy to be tempted to enjoy a drink or two. There are a few things you should know. Although alcohol can offer a nice treat, it can present an adverse effect on the healing process of the tooth extraction site.

Alcohol Can Prevent Blood Clotting

Tooth extraction can be simple or involve surgery. But regardless of the type of extraction, you have, drinking alcohol is prohibited. You cannot drink alcohol once you have had a tooth extraction. When a tooth is removed, a clot must form within the area until there is the formation of granulation tissue. This process takes about a week or so. Alcohol can prevent blood from clotting. And if there is no clotting, you may develop what is known as a dry socket.

Drinking Alcohol Can Cause Dry Socket

Usually, a dry socket tends to be very painful and it hinders your recovery process. If you have a dry socket, you may have to visit a dentist more often to get treatment. Try to wait about seven to 10 days before you resume drinking alcohol. While recovering, drink a lot of water in order to stay hydrated. This way, you promote faster healing. Also, some pain medication that you may be taking during the time you are recovering can react with alcohol and cause complications. Therefore, it is best to take your time and wait until you stop taking the painkillers.

Find out more about tooth extraction and the aftercare steps and instructions. Contact us today.

At Mountain State Oral and Facial Surgery, our doctors and staff commit to providing every patient with attentive and compassionate care. Everyone deserves a happy and healthy smile! Call or schedule your appointment online today.

Mountain State Oral and Facial Surgery | | 304-345-1092
1215 Virginia St. E, Charleston, WV 25301



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