What is a pterygoid implant?
Pterygoid implants are dental implants placed in the most posterior area of the upper jaw, with an inclination that makes it anchor in a more dense bone called pterygoid process.
Advantages of pterygoid dental implants
These are implants that allow the placement of prostheses without the need for grafts in the maxillary sinus or to rescue cases in which there has been a failure of the reconstructive technique.
They are slightly longer implants than those usually used, being the average of 16 mm. Preferably with a conical tip and with a bioactive surface (which favors the bone to join the implant).
Limitations of pterygoid implants
The first limitation of these dental implants would be that there must not be any teeth in front of this implant and the second limitation is that there must always be one or two implants inserted in the premolar region.
Is it a complex implantology technique?
Adequate anatomical knowledge combined with surgical experience allows the technique to be performed quickly and easily under local anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation.
The dental prosthesis is sometimes more difficult due to the inclined emergence of the implant, which is corrected by using angled abutments or computer-designed structures.
Success rates of pterygoid implants
The results are similar to those of dental implants placed on native bone, thus eliminating the risk factor of reconstruction. They also allow prosthetic techniques to be performed on the same day, considerably shortening treatment times.