The maxilla presents a significant challenge to the surgical and restorative team. Ultimately, patients seek a long-term solution in the restoration of function, esthetics, and ultimately their quality of life. Prosthetic rehabilitation of patients with severe maxillary bone resorption is often challenging due to the inability to obtain sufficient skeletal anchorage. The utilization of osseous support beyond the immediate oral cavity supplies predictable expeditious return to function, shortening treatment times. The prosthetic and surgical team is faced with the choice of grafting and staged implant placement or a one-step surgical prosthetic solution with identical results.
The surgical and restorative goals are to achieve anatomically consistent implant placement thus maximizing esthetics and function within the “normal” alveolar tooth envelope. The zygomatic implant allows for shortened surgical sequences and reduced treatment time—while meeting the patients’ expectations of success.