What are zygomatic implants?

Zygomatic implants are particularly long implants that are embedded in the cheekbone (medical term: zygomatic bone) when there isn't enough bone tissue in the upper jaw for normal implants. With zygomatic implants even impossible looking situations can be solved with fixed teeth.

Zygoma implants are significantly longer than normal dental implants and are anchored in the stable bone that makes up a part of the cheekbone — this explains their name. Therefore zygomatic implants can be used as an alternative to complex bone augmentation. Like fixed teeth in a day this requires merely one surgical procedure.

The benefits of the zygomatic implants at a glance:

  • Strong teeth within a day thanks to state-of-the-art implant technology
  • No palate cover thanks to individual dentures
  • No bone construction thanks to innovative surgical techniques
  • Quick procedures and fewer treatment appointments
  • Immediate loading is possible

What are the steps of the procedure with zygomatic implants? 

Prior to the surgical procedure, we do a thorough and extensive examination to accurately assess the situation. We will first make photos, stone plaster models of your teeth and a three-dimensional X-ray (CBCT). This is necessary to accurately determine and the implant placement and length.

These preparatory measures are completely painless for the patient and take only a few minutes. The actual operation is then done under sedation, since the placement of zygomatic implants is more complex than normal implants. The sedation is always done by an anaesthetist. After the zygomatic implants have been placed, the implant positioning is transferred onto a stone plaster model with an impression. 

Our dental technicians then construct a bridge, which can be screwed onto the new implants. Due to the very solid bone tissue of the zygomatic bone the implants and the restoration can usually be used straight after the surgery.

Are zygomatic implants suitable for every patient?

Zygomatic implants can be used for every patient if no general medical or behavioral condition speaks against it. However, this option is only taken into consideration when there is no possibility to use regular implants. This is the case when there is too little bone tissue in the upper jaw. Zygomatic implants are also a great option for patients where it is impossible to do bone augmentation, or where the willingness to undergo such a surgical procedure is lacking.

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