A zygomatic implant, also known as a zygomaticus implant, is a type of dental implant that is used in cases where there is insufficient bone in the upper jaw (maxilla) to support traditional dental implants. Zygomatic implants are longer and are anchored in the zygomatic bone, which is the cheekbone, rather than in the maxillary bone.
These implants are designed to provide stability and support for dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, or dentures, especially when a patient has experienced significant bone loss in the upper jaw due to factors like trauma, infection, or long-term tooth loss. Zygomatic implants offer an alternative for individuals who might otherwise not be candidates for traditional dental implants due to the lack of adequate bone structure.
The placement of zygomatic implants is more complex compared to regular dental implants and often requires a highly skilled oral surgeon or implantologist. The procedure involves attaching the implants to the cheekbone, which provides a stable foundation for the prosthetic teeth to be securely attached.
Zygomatic implants can greatly improve the quality of life for individuals who have struggled with missing teeth in the upper jaw and have limited bone available for conventional implant placement. However, it’s important to note that zygomatic implant procedures are specialized and not as common as traditional dental implant procedures. Therefore, a thorough evaluation by a dental professional is necessary to determine if zygomatic implants are the appropriate solution for a patient’s dental needs.