Zygomatic implants are an advanced solution for patients who have been told they are not good candidates for traditional implant surgery due to lack of bone in the upper jaw.In the past, patients without sufficient bone in the upper jaw to support traditional implants might face multiple bone grafting procedures or sinus lift procedures in an attempt to build up the necessary bone, or they might be told that dentures were their only option.
The research of Dr. Per Ingvar Brånemark, however, showed that the zygomatic bone (the cheekbone) offered sufficient strength and density to support teeth in patients whose upper jaws had eroded too much for traditional implant techniques to be successful, and he first introduced zygomatic implants in the 1990s.
With the zygomatic implant technique, longer, tilted implants are anchored into the zygomatic bone to provide the necessary support in just one procedure. Typically, two zygomatic implants are combined with two traditional implants in the front of the mouth to anchor the upper arch of teeth. Patients experience all of the benefits of implanted teeth—natural look and natural function—without having to suffer through the pain and expense of additional surgical procedures, and they can leave the office with new teeth on the day of their surgery.