Zygomatic implants connect higher up in the facial bones for people who have been losing bone mass around the mouth. So they are longer than conventional implants. Starting at the residual maxillary bone, they are anchored to the zygomatic bone (cheekbone). One of the distinguishing characteristics of the zygomatic bone is that, unlike the maxillary bone, tooth loss does not cause it to atrophy. That means it does not weaken or disappear. Zygomatic implants are used to secure fixed teeth in atrophic maxillary bones and help prevent complications that derive from the use of bone grafts in the maxillary sinus, nose or the alveolar ridge. Zygomatic implants are therefore the preferred option for treating tooth loss in patients who cannot have regular implants because of a lack of enough maxillary bone (jawbone).