In certain situations, the bone of the upper jaw can “shrink” and become significantly smaller to the point that sometimes, it can literally disappear. This is what is known as “bone loss”. The result of this is an upper maxillary bone made up of a very pneumatized sinus that contains a lot of air and is separated from the mouth by a thin bone septum, only a few millimeters thick. Colloquially, this is also known as “jawbone loss,” a situation where there is not enough bone material for conventional implants to be placed. Currently, our process involves using the cheekbone, or zygomatic bone, to anchor implants and place fixed teeth in 24 hours.
What is severe maxillary atrophy and how is it treated today?