Enhancing Smiles with Minimal Bone Structure: Exploring the Advantages of Zygomatic Implants

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Deteriorated bone density should not exclude you from the wonders of dental implant treatment.

Having missing teeth is challenging enough. It can interfere with your daily life. Food, conversations, and a bright smile—all necessary ingredients for a good day—could now bring along a slight unease. Far more challenging still is not being able to have traditional dental implants placed due to severe bone loss. 

Conventional dental implants or dentures use the jawbone as a base to anchor. The majority of the support the implant requires comes from the strength and density of the bone in that area. Severe bone loss in the upper jaw, caused by things like long-term denture use, trauma, or medical conditions, presents a reconstructive challenge for conventional implants. The consequence goes beyond just losing a smile. You might start noticing changes in facial structure, and chewing might become more difficult.

If you have been told that you aren’t a suitable implant candidate or if major bone-grafting procedures give you cause for concern, then Zygomatic Implants are an excellent solution.

What are Zygomatic Implants?

Zygomatic implants are longer implants that anchor in the cheekbone (zygoma) instead of the jawbone, providing stability despite severe maxillary (jawbone-related) bone loss. They still extend through the deficient jawbone but only to reach the cheekbone (zygomatic arch), where they will find secure anchorage in the strong, dense bone.

In short, because your jawbone is weak, the implant will need to extend through the jaw and into the denser, stronger cheekbone (zygoma) to find its anchorage.

To enable this extension, zygomatic implants are much longer than traditional dental implants—sometimes reaching 30-50mm or more (compared to around 15mm for a standard upper jaw implant). This increased length is necessary to gain a solid hold within the cheekbone.

But they’re not just longer, they’re different. The implants have specialized thread designs, refined precisely for the unique properties of zygomatic bone. They’re also often placed at angles which prioritize distribution of chewing forces. This maximizes the grip further.

Do I qualify for Zygomatic Implants?

Zygomatic implants provide hope to people who have deteriorated bone density and can’t get traditional implants to work for them. You might be a good candidate for this treatment if you satisfy the requirements.

Long-term denture wearers know that their dentures, while otherwise very helpful, cannot stop their jaw bone from naturally shrinking over time. This causes their dentures to stop fitting like they once did, rendering them unusable in the long run. Trauma or injuries to the face can damage the upper jawbone beyond what traditional bone augmentation techniques can address. Extensive grafting procedures can also go awry sometimes or may just not be medically advisable for specific patients. Moreover, certain medical conditions can lead to bone resorption (loss).  

Zygomatic implants may offer a solution in cases where bone quality is compromised in the upper jaw.

The Zygomatic Implant Procedure

Zygomatic implant cases demand a more in-depth evaluation than traditional implants. 

3D Scans will be used to map out the anatomy of your cheekbones and plan implant positioning. This will be important for implant aesthetics and firmness, ensuring the placement of permanent teeth. Your surgeon also assesses how the implants will impact the overall symmetry of the face. Every small detail matters in the case of aesthetics, as the smile is one of the first things a patient will notice after the treatment. The dentist will also take into account your medical history, as understanding your overall health is key, as certain factors could influence the treatment plan.

Surgical expertise plays a big role in this treatment as it’s a very specialized one. Our clinic can offer you experienced surgeons with advanced training in performing zygomatic cases.

Specialized incisions will be used to reach the cheekbone. Careful attention will be paid to minimizing disruption to facial tissues. The angle and depth of implant insertion are critical factors in determining the end result. Our dentists will then design and create your custom final teeth (prosthesis). Our main goals will be ensuring optimal function and restoring your old smile.

Advantages of Zygomatic Implants

A patient with severe bone loss who gets the zygomatic implants reaps even more advantages than just teeth restoration. The treatment boasts a 97% success rate and is reported to be less invasive and more comfortable for patients.

Say Goodbye to Bone-grafting

If you have opted for major bone grafting procedures, you’re adding months, or even years to the overall traditional dental implant process. The zygomatic process cancels the need for that. You will get working teeth implants in a drastically shorter period. 

Bypass the ‘Sinus Lift’

An invasive procedure, called a ‘sinus lift’ might be required when the upper jaw lacks the height needed for traditional implants. If you choose zygomatic implants, a treatment which uses an angled design, you can bypass this procedure altogether.

Restore Facial Contours

Deterioration of bone in the jaw can lead to a “sunken” facial appearance, distorting the natural contours of your face. By restoring the support that the jawbone has lost, zygomatic implants can return a youthful, natural symmetry to your face.

Possibility of getting new teeth – right away

More often than not, due to the direct nature of this procedure, you can also get new teeth installed right away. These new teeth will come with instant biting ability, which means you can eat hard foods like candy sooner than expected.

Compatible with Tradition Implants

This treatment also enables a patient to have traditional implants placed at the same time as zygomatic implants, whether they are in the upper or lower area of the jaw. 

Effective and Durable for a Long Time

Just like conventional dental implants, the zygomatic ones can retain effectiveness for up to 12 years. If you don’t want to undergo a sinus lift, or are opposed to the idea of a bone-graft, zygomatic implants are a good solution for you.


The Zygomatic Implants offer a ray of hope to people with minimal bone structure who have been told they cannot get traditional implants. This new, powerful technology enables them to eat, smile and talk with restored youthful confidence. 

It’s important to note that the success of this procedure hinges on a skilled and experienced dentist, which the Nashville Implant Clinic, a premier clinic located in Nashville, Tennessee can provide you. We are here to guide you on your journey to a brighter, healthier smile with our advanced dental solutions. Contact us today to learn more!

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