Pterygoid implants

What is a pterygoid implant?

A pterygoid implant, like a conventional dental implant, is made of titanium and owes its name to the bone where it is integrated, the pterygoid process of the sphenoid bone. This bone is part of the base of the skull and provides an extraordinary anchorage in the posterior area of the upper jaw in those patients who have suffered the loss of molars or a reabsorption of the maxillary bone.

What differentiates them from other types of implants?

In terms of their design, pterygoid implants differ from conventional implants in that they are longer, which allows them to be anchored in the pterygoid process. Another notable difference is that they are placed on an inclination that can reach 45 degrees. From the prosthetic point of view, pterygoid implants behave like a conventional implant to support the dental prosthesis.

In which cases is their placement recommended?

There are several indications for the placement of pterygoid implants. They are indicated in those patients with lack of bone in the posterior area of the upper jaw and also to avoid the need for a bone graft in the maxillary sinus. These measures make possible the rehabilitation with a fixed prosthesis in those patients with bone atrophy or osteoporosis.

What does the procedure consist of?

The intervention for the placement of a pterygoid implant is performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. It must be performed in a surgical environment with appropriate sterility measures.

Are there any complications?

The placement of pterygoid implants does not present greater complications than traditional implants, as long as you have experience in implant surgery and a good knowledge of the anatomy of the posterior maxillary area and its relationship with the pterygoid process.

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Our experience in this type of implants is more than 25 years, with more than 2000 implants placed and a success rate of 98%.

Can the patient live a normal life during the process?

The patient will be able to live a normal life after the procedure. The discomfort is usually minimal and in no case greater than the normal ones derived from the placement of conventional implants.