Zygomatic Dental Implants

What are zygomatic implants?

Zygomatic implants are dental implants that are anchored in the zygomatic (cheek) bone. They are used in patients who have moderate, advanced and even extreme resorption in the maxilla (the upper jaw). Normally, implants are placed in the maxilla to replace missing teeth in the upper jaw. However, some patients have such severe bone loss, there isn’t enough to safely place an implant. In this case, longer implant screws can be used to reach the cheekbones, which are used as an anchor instead.

Zygoma Implant Placement Diagrams

frontal Zygoma implant placement diagram
lateral Zygoma implant placement diagram
frontal Zygoma implant placement diagram

Benefits of Zygoma Implants

  • Single Surgery
  • Immediate Loading of Fixed Teeth (in most cases)
  • Graftless Implant
  • No Sinus Lift Necessary
  • Chew, Bite and Smile Normally
  • Shorter Treatment Time than Traditional Implants

Bone Loss from Dentures

Without regular stimulation from chewing and biting, jawbone loss (“resorption”) occurs. We frequently see a significant amount of bone loss in patients that have been using dentures for many years. Unfortunately, patients with maxilla resorption are often told that there is no hope for bone grafting or dental implants. However, this is not always the case.

Rescue Implants

Zygomatic dental implants are sometimes called “rescue implants” because they can help patients achieve a fully functional bite and aesthetically pleasing smile when bone grafting isn’t possible.

Changing Lives with Full Arch Replacements

Some patients need only one or two dental implants, while others are completely edentulous (missing all teeth). As with other well-known implant supported denture options, zygoma implants can be used to support a full arch of prosthetic teeth on just four screws, without the use of bone grafting. This procedure provides immeasurable enhancement to a person’s quality of life, allowing them to chew, bite, eat and smile as they used to once again.

If you have been told that you cannot receive dental implants due to bone loss, we urge you to give us a call at Butura Oral & Dental Implant Surgery Phone Number 602-248-8745. There is still hope for your smile – Butura Oral & Dental Implant Surgery can help you decide if you are a good candidate for zygomatic implants.

Colleagues: To learn more about the effectiveness of zygomatic dental implants, please call us or check out Dr. Butura’s published article in the Oral and Craniofacial Tissue Engineering journal.