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Zygomatic Dental Implants

Dental implants are an amazing alternative tooth replacement option for many patients who also qualify for dentures. Unfortunately, not every patient can receive a dental implant, often due to inadequate bone mass in the area of the proposed implant. Although a bone graft procedure can help many of these people, some of them are unable or unwilling to undergo a bone graft. The good news is that zygomatic dental implants make getting an implant a possibility for 2nd Chance Smile Implant Center patients.

What are zygomatic dental implants?

Zygomatic dental implants are a relatively new innovation in implant technology. They have actually been around since the late 1990s, but are becoming more popular because they allow some previously disqualified patients to receive dental implants.

Zygomatic dental implants can be used for the replacement of teeth found within the upper jaw. They can provide a replacement for a complete arch of missing teeth, teeth with severe damage or decay, or loosened teeth caused by gum disease. They also make a great choice for anyone with insufficient bone mass to support an implant. They can be used in combination with conventional implants for the replacement of both the upper and lower teeth.

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What is the difference between zygomatic implants and regular implants?

Traditional dental implants are smaller than zygomatic implants and are directly drilled right into the jawbone. Zygomatic implants are longer and attached within the zygoma bone, or cheekbone, at an angle. This bone is more dense than the upper jaw bone, offering wider stress distribution and a sturdier anchor.

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Zygomatic Implants Benefits

  • 95-98% success rate
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Will not shift or slip
  • Offers look, feel, and function of natural teeth

Eliminates Requirement for Supplemental Procedures

Many times, when an implant is put into an upper jaw that has low bone density, additional procedures may be needed. A sinus lift is a procedure that is commonly performed in this situation. The area between the oral and sinus cavity is made thicker to keep the sinuses from becoming damaged.

If the patient underwent a sinus lift, they must wait to fully heal before their implants could be placed. However, with zygomatic implants, supplemental procedures are unnecessary. Not only does this greatly simplify the entire process, but it also means that your implants can be placed more quickly.


When you have zygomatic implants placed into your jawbone, they are angled within the cheekbone, or zygomatic bone. This is an area of high bone density, which means that a dental prosthetic can be loaded immediately onto the implants so that you will not be without teeth while your implants are healing.

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Zygomatic Dental Implants FAQs

Here are a couple of frequently asked questions about zygomatic dental implants:

If I have bone loss, do I necessarily need a bone graft procedure?

Not every patient who has experienced bone resorption needs a bone graft procedure. In the past, you would need a bone grafting procedure if you needed an implant in your upper jaw that has undergone resorption. In that case, it could take as long as a year before your dental implants could be placed.

Bone graft procedures for implants also had a significant failure rate. By implanting zygomatic dental implants, Dr. Huston can quickly provide a restoration in one day without the need for a bone grafting procedure.

Is getting a zygomatic implant painful?

No. You will experience no pain while your implants are being placed. The reason is that you will be under the effects of general anesthesia and completely asleep. Your vital signs will be carefully and continually monitored during your implant procedure.

Although pain medications are available following the placement of zygomatic implants, you should experience minimal post-procedure pain or discomfort. In fact, most patients are able to manage any pain or discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Contact 2nd Chance Smile Implant Center

2nd Chance Smile Implant Center is a state-of-the-art dental center specializing in the latest dental implant techniques. Please schedule an appointment at our dental office to discuss your options for zygomatic dental implants in Corona, Southern California.

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