Zygomatic Implants Treatment

What are Dental Zygomatic Implants?


Zygomatic implants are longer than conventional dental implants. They connect higher up in the facial bones for people who have been losing bone mass around the mouth and represent the key component of zygomatic implant treatment. Specifically, they anchor into the zygomatic bone (also named cheekbone). One of the distinguishing characteristics of the zygomatic bone is that, unlike the bone around the mouth, tooth (or dental implant) loss does not cause its atrophy. The zygomatic bone does not weaken or disappear over time. The causes of maxillary atrophy are diverse. The consequences of maxillary atrophy include the use of removable dentures and associated complications.

Uses and Indications of Dental Zygomatic Implants

A fixed set of teeth can be secured onto zygomatic implants when very little bone prevents regular implant placement. Therefore, the denture is a fixed denture, not a removable one. Function and aesthetics significantly increase and give back the quality of life to each patient. In only 24h, the surgery takes place, and the surgeon places the fixed set of teeth onto the implants. Each dental surgeon will define during the diagnostic and treatment plan the number of zygomatic implants and, sometimes, regular dental implants to use. Usually, a zygomatic implant treatment requires between 2 and 4 implants.

Only experienced dental surgeons use zygomatic implants. The surgical treatment is more complicated than the one for regular dental implants. The surgical procedure is longer. However, in only 24h, the prosthodontist delivers fixed teeth anchored on implants. Finally, zygomatic implants represent a solution for the patients unable to receive dental implants because of their lack of bone. The use of zygomatic implants helps prevent complications arising from the use of bone grafts, for instance. Therefore, zygomatic implants are the preferred option for treating tooth loss in patients with severe bone loss. Scientific, peer-reviewed publications show the reliability, safety, and long-term success of the zygomatic implants treatments. More importantly, the patients are happy with the function and aesthetics of their new set of teeth.

Fixed teeth on zygomatic implants

How does it work?

After the zygomatic implants are placed, and generally within 24 hours of the procedure, you will receive a fixed denture of temporary teeth called an “immediate prosthesis.” It can also be called “fixed prosthesis” or “fixed denture”. This is a fixed set of teeth anchored on the implants. They recover all your upper teeth and are a key part of zygomatic implant treatment. They are not removable and are stable when eating or smiling. In other words, you cannot lose them. Only hygiene is necessary. The ZAGA Center will provide all the detail you need to know to maintain your fixed set of teeth properly. Additionally, the Center will schedule yearly check-ups to follow up and make sure you are doing well. 

Then, after four months of healing, you will receive a set of permanent, stable, and attractive teeth that look and feel real. The final set of teeth will correct the small imperfections arising from the gum tissue’s unswelling after the surgery. Before receiving the final teeth, experts recommend eating a soft diet. Discover the main characteristics of the fixed teeth on zygomatic implants?

before the dental implants


after the zygomatic treatment


Fixed teeth on zygomatic implants

The fixed teeth you will receive during your zygomatic implant treatment present several benefits. First, the quality of life linked to eating will be back. You can bite and masticate well without fear of losing the prosthesis. Then, you will be able to smile confidently and regain trust for a great social life. From a family dinner to a job interview, a fixed set of teeth provides self-confidence.

Fixed teeth on zygomatic implants last for years. The regular check-up with the dental office includes a thorough cleaning of the prosthesis and a non-invasive oral examination. The team will also evaluate your quality of life to make sure you are happy and satisfied with the results. Your only worry will then be to start smiling again!

ZAGA Philosophy

What is ZAGA, ZAGA Centers, and the ZAGA Philosophy?

What is the ZAGA Philosophy?

ZAGA is a philosophy aiming at adapting the zygomatic implants treatment plan to each patient. Consequently, this approach embraces the fact that our anatomy is unique. When zygomatic implants enter the surgical treatment, a thorough understanding of each patient’s anatomy is key to success. ZAGA is an acronym for the “Zygoma Anatomy guided Approach.” Far from a surgical technique only, the ZAGA Philosophy influences the whole treatment journey. The objective of this concept is to solve each patient’s dental problem according to each patient’s requirements and limitations and to focus on the final quality of life. 

Where does the ZAGA Philosophy originate?

ZAGA is a methodology elaborated by some of the most experienced practitioners in the field of dentistry. Around 15 years back, they identified the need for a less invasive, more patient-centered approach for helping patients with severe bone loss in their jaws. Thus, since these patients couldn’t receive standard dental implants, and the other methods were very invasive and time-consuming, they designed this effective methodology for zygomatic implants treatment.

What is the ZAGA Center Network?

ZAGA Centers are certified dental and zygomatic implants treatment experts around the world. They count on highly trained teams that have intensively studied and practiced the ZAGA Zygomatic Concept. Furthermore, they work together as a network to promote a better understanding and implementation of the procedure for all zygomatic implants treatments. Each ZAGA Center is unique at its location, and part of a global network. This is the reason why there are few ZAGA Centers in the world. Consequently, the ZAGA Center stays up to date regarding the best practices. Finally, you can contact a ZAGA Center in your country using the contact forms on this website. You will be directly in contact with the team at the location you choose. We believe personal connection is essential, especially given the severity of the problems our patients have.

Dr Carlos Aparicio zygomatic implants

How long does it take to complete the treatment with zygomatic implants?


Dental treatment with zygomatic implants takes place in several phases. First, the procedure begins with a correct, thorough diagnostic. This includes X-Ray imaging, for instance, and a buccal exploration. If you meet all diagnostic criteria, the dental specialist will identify that the best option for you is the use of zygomatic implants. He or she will explain the procedure, the associated benefits, and risks associated with the process in detail. You will have a complete overview of the treatment plan from start to finish.

Surgical procedure for zygomatic implants treatment

The surgery for zygomatic implants takes place, and you receive the fixed set of teeth 24h later. Both local anesthesia and general anesthesia are standard and will depend on several factors, including your preferences. The fixed set of teeth are mounted on the implants the day after. You can now recover from the surgery following the guidelines your specialist will give you. The surgical procedure of the treatment with zygomatic implants is life-changing.

Life with zygomatic implants

Once a few months passed after the surgical procedure, you will receive a final set of fixed teeth that will fill the little gaps between your unswollen gums and the prosthesis. This last set of teeth will be highly functional and aesthetic. It lasts for years. The dental office will invite you for a yearly check-up and cleaning of the implants and set of teeth. This is a non-surgical annual meeting where you follow-up with your dentist for half an hour. Above all, and starting right after the surgical procedure, it is time to recover your quality of life. It is time to start living again. You will be able to eat, smile, laugh without worrying about losing the prosthesis. You will not require dental adhesives anymore. Enjoy your new smile, and show it off to the world!