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, a fixed denture that would be strained even by minimal bone availability can be embedded.

Zygoma implants are significantly longer than the usual dental implants and are anchored in the very 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. It requires merely one surgical procedure.

The benefits of the zygomatic procedure, 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 respective patient situation. If you have chosen to do a procedure with zygomatic implants, we will first make photos, plaster models of your teeth and a three-dimensional X-ray (DVT). 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 with a general anesthetic, since the placement of zygomatic implants is more complex as opposed to normal implants. The application of the general anesthetic is always done by an anesthesiologist. After the zygomatic implants have been set, the implant positioning is transferred onto a work 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 can usually be strained right after the surgery.

Are zygomatic implants suitable for every patient?

Zygomatic implants can be used for also every patient. 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 a bone augmentation, or where the willingness to undergo such a surgical procedure is lacking.

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