Zygomatic implants, also known as zygoma implants or zygomaticus implants, are a specialized type of dental implant designed to address the challenge of insufficient upper jawbone for traditional implants. Unlike conventional implants, which are anchored in the jawbone, zygomatic implants are anchored in the zygomatic bone, or cheekbone. This innovative approach provides a solution for patients with significant bone loss in their upper jaw.

Why Are Zygomatic Implants Needed?

Several factors can lead to inadequate bone in the upper jaw, including tooth loss, periodontal disease, or natural bone resorption. Without sufficient bone, traditional dental implants may not be stable or secure. Zygomatic implants offer a viable alternative, ensuring a strong foundation for implant-supported restorations.

Benefits of Zygomatic Implants

  • Solution for Severe Bone Loss: Zygomatic implants are ideal for patients with severe bone loss in the upper jaw, eliminating the need for extensive bone grafting procedures.
  • Immediate Functionality: These implants often allow for immediate placement of a prosthesis, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile confidently soon after the procedure.
  • Reduced Treatment Time: Zygomatic implants can significantly reduce the overall treatment time compared to traditional implant procedures.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Zygomatic implants preserve natural gum contours and prevent the “sunken” appearance associated with missing teeth.
  • Fewer Surgical Interventions: Unlike bone grafting, which requires additional surgeries and healing periods, zygomatic implants streamline the process.

Zygomatic Implant Surgery

The zygomatic implant surgery is a highly specialized procedure aimed at anchoring dental implants in the zygomatic bone (cheekbone). This technique is particularly valuable for individuals with extensive bone loss in the upper jaw. Below, we will delve into the crucial steps of the surgery.

Implant Placement

The central step of the zygomatic implant surgery involves the precise placement of zygomatic implants into the zygomatic bone. These implants are uniquely designed to be longer than traditional implants, allowing them to reach the dense cheekbone. The exact number of implants required varies based on individual needs and the treatment plan established during the initial consultation.

The placement of zygomatic implants is a delicate procedure that demands the expertise of skilled surgeons. The precise positioning of these implants is vital for long-term stability and successful treatment outcomes. Once in place, these implants provide a robust foundation for supporting the final dental prosthesis.

Immediate Prosthesis (Optional)

In many cases, zygomatic implant surgery offers the remarkable advantage of attaching a temporary prosthesis immediately after implant placement. This immediate prosthesis serves both functional and aesthetic purposes. It allows patients to leave the clinic on the same day with a fully restored smile.

While the placement of an immediate prosthesis is not always possible in every case, our surgeons carefully evaluate each patient’s suitability for this option during the treatment planning phase. This decision takes into account various factors, including the patient’s overall oral health and the complexity of the procedure.

Closure and Suturing

Following the successful placement of zygomatic implants and, if applicable, the temporary prosthesis, the surgical incisions are meticulously closed with sutures. This step is crucial to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of infection. The sutures utilized are typically absorbable, gradually dissolving on their own over time.

By securely closing the incisions, our surgeons help create an optimal environment for the healing process. This promotes the integration of zygomatic implants with the surrounding bone.

In summary, the zygomatic implant surgery is a highly specialized procedure performed at Dulwich Dental Office. It focuses on the precise placement of zygomatic implants, which are longer than traditional implants and anchored in the cheekbone. This approach provides a revolutionary solution for individuals with severe upper jawbone loss. When feasible, the attachment of an immediate prosthesis allows patients to leave the clinic with a fully functional and aesthetically pleasing smile. Our skilled surgeons prioritize your comfort and safety throughout the procedure, ensuring a successful zygomatic implant journey.

The zygomatic bone, commonly known as the cheekbone, is a strong and dense bone structure. It is well-suited for implant placement due to its stability and ability to provide robust support for zygomatic implants. This makes it an ideal alternative for individuals with severe upper jawbone loss.

Zygomatic implants differ from traditional dental implants in terms of their length and placement. Zygomatic implants are significantly longer to reach and anchor in the zygomatic bone, while traditional implants are inserted directly into the jawbone. Zygomatic implants are specifically designed to address extensive upper jawbone loss, eliminating the need for bone grafting in many cases.

To assess a patient’s suitability for zygomatic implants, advanced diagnostic tools are employed. These may include cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans, 3D imaging, and panoramic X-rays. These tools provide detailed insights into the patient’s bone structure, enabling the surgical team to plan the procedure accurately.

Yes, zygomatic implants can provide a permanent solution for individuals with severe upper jawbone loss. With proper care and maintenance, they can last a lifetime. Regular follow-up appointments and good oral hygiene practices are essential to ensuring the longevity of zygomatic implants.

Zygomatic implant surgery has shown a high success rate when performed by experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Success rates can vary depending on individual factors and the patient’s overall oral health. On average, the success rate for zygomatic implants falls within the range of 90% to 95%.

Yes, zygomatic implants can be used in combination with traditional dental implants, especially in cases where both the upper and lower jaws require implant-supported restorations. This combination approach allows for a comprehensive full-arch restoration, ensuring functional and aesthetic outcomes.

While implant failure is always a possibility with any dental implant procedure, it is relatively rare when performed by skilled surgeons. Factors that can affect implant success include overall patient health, the surgical team’s expertise, and adherence to postoperative care instructions. Our surgeons take all necessary precautions to minimize the risk of implant failure.

Zygomatic implants are a suitable option for many individuals with severe upper jawbone loss. However, not everyone may be a candidate. The suitability of zygomatic implants is determined through careful evaluation during the initial consultation. Factors such as overall health, bone quality, and individual treatment goals play a role in determining candidacy.

Our Zygomatic Implant Expert Dr Javier Perez


Dr Javier Perez

Dental Implant and Oral Surgeon
Lic Odont, PG Cert (Implant), MClinDent (Implant), Dip Oral Surg RCS (Eng), PG Cert Cons Sed
GDC No: 225487
Special interest in Oral Surgery & Dental Implants

Dr Javier Perez graduated in dental surgery in 2010.

His clinical practice is focused on dental implants and oral surgery, from simple single tooth replacements to complex reconstructions involving both soft and hard tissues.

Dr Javier has completed a Masters in Implant Dentistry MClinDent (Implant) in London over three years and was awarded a diploma in Oral Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, one of the most prestigious colleges in UK.
Dr Perez has trained in Oral Surgery at the Maxillofacial Unit in the Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in South England. He is at the forefront of dental implants and oral surgery regularly attending National and International conferences to develop his skills and learn about the latest trends in Implantology.

At Dulwich Dental our implant team have placed over 5000 implants, often undertaking and being referred cases from other practioners. We also consult and treat cases where you may have been told that you are unsuitable for dental implants. Having assembled one of the countries leading dental implant teams we can treat the most advanced and complex cases here at Dulwich Dental Office.

Outside of work Dr Javier spends the majority of his time with his young family, recently welcoming a new son (October, 2021). He enjoys spending weekends exploring London, especially going to local food markets.


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