Only a decade ago, patients seeking dental implant treatment often felt very downhearted when their dentist told them they simply did not have enough bone for dental implant therapies. That is FAKE NEWS!
It is true that osseointegrated dental implants need to be anchored in healthy bone, but the science dictates that the healthy bone can be biologically created with the help of other parts of the body or the healthy bone may be found in another part of the cranium.
Many cutting edge practitioners offer a menu of no bones solutions and the success rate for these cases is equal to the success rates for the most simplistic dental implant protocols. Bone grafting has long been a valid way to enhance bone quality, but gaining in popularity is the use of the zygomatic implant, a longer and stronger implant designed to anchor into the zygoma bone above the sinus cavity. Either of these options can provide the necessary bone quality to support a natural looking fully functional dental prosthesis.
Dental specialists refer to this progressive arena of sophisticated care as treatment of a severely atrophic maxilla. For those who wish to pursue scientific information and calculate success rates for such cases, many studies have been published that attest to the veracity of the treatment. These protocols are sufficiently researched and have become part of the literature among dental implant professionals. Google zygomatic implants or pterygo-maxillary implants for voluminous reading. Almost anyone is now a candidate for a makeover smile and should come to a consult prepared to receive a pathway to success.