Zygomatic implants: are they different from regular dental implants?

The Implants

Zygomatic implants are longer than regular dental implants. They can measure up to 6 cm, which is the length required to anchor them in the cheekbone and reach the upper teeth position to sustain the fixed prosthesis. Conventional implants may measure up to 1,5 cm only. Zygomatic and regular dental implants possess numerous characteristics in common, such as excellent biocompatibility, and high strength. For the past 20 years, zygomatic implants have shown to be safe and reliable. Furthermore, the network of ZAGA Centers has worked over the years with the dental implant manufacturers to progress and enhance the quality of the implants, and the treatments using them.

The Zygomatic Implant Treatments

Regular dental implants allow for different treatment plans depending on each patient’s requirement: single teeth replacement, bridges on implants, or full denture. In opposition, zygomatic implants represent the only solution for full mouth rehabilitation when severe bone loss is present. A treatment plan routinely includes a maximum of 4 zygomatic implants. In opposition, different treatment options may require more than 8 or 10 regular dental implants. Overall, the reduced number of implants compensates for the increased complexity of the surgical procedure. Zygomatic Implants represent the last resort for dental treatment and bone loss. Over the years, the success rate of the method increased until becoming the gold standard now for the treatment of severe bone loss. More importantly, zygomatic implant treatments are now a solution for patients that didn’t have one before.

Zygomatic implants are part of a full treatment plan. The objective is to recover the quality of life of each patient. In most cases, this goes hand by hand with a complete upper denture fixed on implants. The impact on the quality of life is very significant. Eating, chewing, and laughing are not limited anymore. Socially, the outcome of the treatment is fantastic.