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Dental Implants for
Patients with
Bone Loss

Zygomatic or Short Dental Implants.
Unique Solutions for Complex Cases

Solutions for Severe Bone Loss cases

Solution 1: Sinus Lift

The maxillary sinuses are the two cavities in the upper part of the upper jaws. They participate in breathing and protect the respiratory tract from infections.

The sinus lift treatment increases the height of the maxilla, filling part of the maxillary sinus with artificial bone so the upper jaw can host the dental implants.

When to apply sinus lift?

We recommend the sinus lift for patients who have lost their teeth for a long time and have significant bone resorption. 

CBCT or CT Scanner is required to determine if a sinus lift is feasible and the appropriate technique. With this diagnostic test, we will assess the density and volume of the bone.

A sinus lift surgery requires technique and experience, so it must always be performed by an expert in the field for the treatment to be successful.

Two Different Sinus Lift Techniques

1. Atraumatic sinus lift

CBCT scanner must show at least 4 mm of bone for this technique.

During the drilling phase for the implant placement, we will raise the sinus membrane to impact the bone we will graft.

The amount of bone will depend on each patient. It must be enough to make the bone cover the implant to keep it steady.

 

  1. Surgical sinus lift

When patients do not have the necessary 4 mm of bone to perform an atraumatic elevation, follow the Surgical Sinus Lift technique.

 

This technique creates an access window through the lateral sinus wall. To make this window, we will detach the gum from the bone. The cavity will allow to elevate the membrane and then fill the sinus with bone graft material.

 

Thanks to this meticulous surgery, implants can be placed in areas with little residual bone height, where otherwise it would be impossible.

Solution 2: Zygomatic Implants

Zygomatic implants are much longer than conventional ones. They anchor in the zygomatic bone instead of the upper jaw.

When is it appropriate to use zygomatic implants?

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    • When the upper jaw shows severe bone resorption.
    • Generally, in patients with a lack of teeth for many years.
    • When the patient has suffered from aggressive periodontal disease.
    • In cases where the patient wishes to avoid the necessary waiting time after a bone graft.
    Primary surgery for this treatment will be performed in Marbella, Spain

    – CBCT Scan, diagnosis and treatment after surgery takes place in the UK.
    – We will arrange your accommodation and transfers in Spain.
    – Check the travel plan details by clicking here.

    Solution 3: Custom Titanium Mesh

    Custom Titanium Mesh is an alternative to zygomatic implants when the zygomatic bone cannot be reached for different reasons (sinusitis or another ailment).

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    After an intraoral examination and a Computerised Tomography (CT), we design a custom titanium mesh that will be anchored to the patient’s bone.

    The doctor will fix provisional teeth the same day of the surgery. The final teeth will be placed once the mesh has been properly adjusted.

    Benefits:

      • Safe and minimally invasive surgery.
      • Does not require bone grafting or sinus movements.
      • Consequent time savings in treatment compared to grafts.
    Primary surgery for this treatment will be performed in Marbella, Spain

    – CBCT Scan, diagnosis and treatment after surgery takes place in the UK.
    – We will arrange your accommodation and transfers in Spain.
    – Check the travel plan details by clicking here.

    Solution 4: Grafts and Bone Regeneration

    Grafts and Bone Regeneration increase bone volume in patients with bone loss to place an implant in that area in the future.

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    Both procedures take place in very localized areas and are performed long before placing the implants.

    Depending on whether a bone/gum graft or bone regeneration is chosen, the patient will have to wait between 4 to 9 months until the implant is placed.

    Benefits

    • The material used is biocompatible.
    • Obtaining high quality bone which is strong enough to support the implant.
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    Graftless solution

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    Immediate teeth and function

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    Shorter time-to-teeth (3 months vs. 9 months)

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    Less invasive compared with bone augmentation

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    Under anesthesia and sedation

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    What happens when you don’t replace your missing teeth?

    When a gap is left by a missing tooth, the surrounding teeth have a tendency to shift because that tooth is no longer helping to keep everything in line. Ultimately, teeth may become crooked or new gaps may appear between teeth.

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    Another issue that may occur is super-eruption. The tooth that opposes the site of the missing tooth may start to grow out from its position because it no longer has the opposing tooth to resist it.

    Boneloss is another problem if you don’t replace a missing tooth. This is called bone resorption. It can also change the way your face looks, changing its shape, and your lips may look asymmetrical and sunken.

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