Zygomatic Implants for Cosmetic Enhancements: Achieving Your Ideal Smile

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If you have opted for Zygomatic Implants then you will also reap the aesthetic and cosmetic enhancements that are part of this treatment. Placement of traditional implants in patients who have a deteriorated jaw bone can prove to be difficult. To circumvent this issue, dentists anchor the prosthetic teeth implants in the cheekbone (zygoma) instead of the jaw. 

Our teeth are more than tools to chew and bite with, they also function as supports for the overall facial structure. When the bone in the jaw decays, this support is compromised and that leads to an aesthetic complication where their face takes on a ‘sunken’ appearance. 

Zygomatic Implants can be helpful in restoring the contours of the face in situations like these. In this blog, we will discuss in comprehensive detail the cosmetic and aesthetic enhancements offered by Zygomatic Implants.

What are Zygomatic Implants

These are dental implants, specifically designed for patients who have a significant level of bone loss in the upper jaw site. The damage to the bone has to be of a severe level for a patient to be suitable for this treatment. The implants are long and go through the jawbone. Then they set anchor in the zygoma, (cheekbone), which provides a durable base due to the bone’s density and cortical nature.

Zygomatic implants are a bit longer than traditional implants. They are inserted into the zygoma, bypassing the maxillary bone, which is then oftentimes resorbed. 

The success rates of zygomatic implants are really high, between 97% and 98%. Zygomatic implants are of benefit to people who cannot undergo conventional implant procedures due to severe bone loss. Unlike traditional implants, you will not usually need to get a bone grafting procedure performed on you. This really simplifies the treatment process and reduces the time you will take to recover.​

Even though the success rate of these implants is pretty high, to ensure that these implants last long and retain their effectiveness, healthy oral hygiene must be maintained. Along with this, activities harmful to the implants should also be avoided. These can include smoking, tobacco use, too many hard or sugary foods, etc.

Zygomatic Implants Procedure

Before the procedure we must get a comprehensive evaluation done. This can take the form of advanced dental scans (X-rays, CT or CBCT); the dentist will use these to assess the patient’s bone quality and quantity, and also to plan the implant placement. This phase is for mapping out anatomical structures such as the maxillary (jawbone) sinus and the zygomatic bone​. 

In short, the surgery procedure for zygomatic implants goes like this: Incisions are made in the gum to expose the bone. Then the implant is inserted into the zygomatic bone and then the gums are sutured back. These implants also make possible the process of an ‘immediate loading’ of prosthetics. This means that prosthetic teeth can be attached shortly after the implants are placed, often within 24 hours. 

The angle and depth at which the implants will be placed are critical factors in the success of the surgery. They require a very skilled and experienced surgeon as they have to avoid damaging any of the sensitive facial structures. The implants can be placed using either the intra-sinus or extra-sinus technique, depending on the anatomical and clinical situation.

Who are the Zygomatic Implants for

The primary patient who requires this treatment is one who suffers from severe bone loss, most notably in the upper jaw area. This bone loss can be caused by many culprits. Periodontal disease, long-term use of dentures, or other deterioration-causing factors that your dentist can help you with figuring out. 

Patients who have previously attempted traditional dental implants and have had them fail due to causes like inadequate bone structure also fit this category. They might find zygomatic implants a good alternative this time around. 

If you are looking to avoid having bone-grafting performed, you fit the requirements. Bone-grafting is a procedure where your decayed bone will be transplanted with newer healthier bone. This could be an invasive procedure and many patients want to be able to bypass the need for it. If the dentist finds that the bone loss is not that severe, then they might suggest a simpler form of bone-grafting that is less invasive than more complex forms.

If you satisfy the needs mentioned above, you might also be one of the patients who need an ‘immediate loading.’ This means that you can go home with new, temporary prosthetics on the same day after the surgery is performed.  

Cosmetic Enhancements of the Zygomatic Implants

The primary cosmetic enhancement stems from the ability to achieve ‘immediate loading’ of implants, extending to the use of full-mouth dental implants. What this means is that the patient can experience a dramatic aesthetic improvement on the same day of surgery. A swift transformation that is only possible in few other treatments of this nature. 

Apart from this, the zygomatic bone (cheekbone) is responsible for the overall support of the facial structure. This facial structure impacts the aesthetics and contours of the whole face. Due to extensive tooth loss and bone resorption, the integrity of the facial structure is affected and sometimes can lead to a sunken appearance. When the implants are secured in the cheekbone a familiar, youthful tautness is restored. 

In regards to the function, the zygomatic implants can greatly enhance chewing and biting ability. The traditional dentures can be uncomfortable and bulky; they also put a limit on the types of food you can eat. Zygomatic implants can provide a strong foundation that mimics your natural teeth and also far exceeds traditional alternatives.


In this blog, we talked about zygomatic implants in detail. We also touched upon the details of this treatment procedure as well as the suitability requirements for a potential candidate. We concluded by talking about the cosmetic and aesthetic factors of this treatment.

If you wish to learn more or just want to consult with an experienced, professional staff, send us a call or pay a visit to Phoenix Implant Center today in Phoenix, Arizona. Schedule your consultation today!

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