No one likes dental surgery, but sometimes it’s necessary.  If you find yourself in the position where you will need dental implants, but you have been told that you are not a candidate for because of a lack of bone in your upper jaw, then you may believe there is nothing else to be done.  However, thanks to advancements in technology, research has led to the Zygomatic implants.  Lets take a moment to discuss the Zygomatic Dental implants, and cover why you may need them.  In addition, we will briefly review how they function within your mouth.

What Are Zygomatic Implants?

Zygomatic implants are an alternative to more traditional implants which involve drilling directly into the jawbone.  Instead of doing this, the Zygomatic implants are much longer then these traditional implants.  They are anchored in the upper jawbone, which is close to the dense zygoma bone.  This difference in location means that Zygomatic implants can provide a secure foundation for your dental implants while traditional dental implants may not be possible.  Where as people with deteriorated jaws may not be able to receive this surgery, advancements with Zygomatic implants means it can still be possible.

How Do Zygomatic Implants Work?

As said previously, the Zygomatic implants attach to the area of the jawbone close to the zygoma bone.  After the surgery, fixed teeth can be replaced after three days.  The common recovery time after this procedure is about four months in length.  After this time, a final restoration can be applied to completely finish the operation.  The end result is a new set of teeth in a person who up until the Zygomatic implant technology, could not have had dental implants.

How Does This Compare to Other Methods of Dental Implants?

The Zygomatic implants are seen as better in some ways then the more traditional methods.  For example, Zygomatic implants does not require bone grafts, which can take up to half a year to heal, delaying the eventual dental implants you need.  As stated before, Zygomatic implants allow people who would ordinarily have to go through a great deal of surgery get their implants sooner.  From restoring smiles to improving chewing and speaking, having a full mouth worth of teeth is something each and everyone of use deserve.  If you are thinking of dental implants but think you are not a candidate because of a lack of supporting bone, then you should consider Zygomatic implants.

Last Reviewed by Dr. Eli Friedman on December 18, 2020