What to Expect When Getting Zygomatic Implants

What to Expect When Getting Zygomatic Implants

Zygomatic implants, also known as zygoma or cheekbone implants, are a relatively new and innovative type of dental implant that provides a permanent solution for patients with severe bone loss in the upper jaw. Traditional implants rely on a strong and healthy jawbone to support the implant. But for patients who have experienced severe bone loss, traditional implants may not be an option. Zygomatic implants are a viable alternative, offering a stable foundation for prosthetic teeth without requiring extensive bone grafting procedures. Read on to learn more about what to expect during the implantation process. 

What to expect when getting zygomatic implants

Zygomatic implants are a highly specialized type of implant that are longer than regular implants and are anchored in the cheekbone (zygoma) rather than the jawbone. The zygoma is dense and strong enough to support the implant for a lifetime. Zygomatic implants can be used to support a range of dental prosthetics, including full arch bridges, partial bridges or single crowns, providing a versatile and long-lasting solution for missing teeth. Here is a brief overview about what to expect when getting zygomatic implants:

  • Consultation: Before getting zygomatic implants, you will have a consultation with a dentist or oral surgeon. During this consultation, your dentist will examine your mouth and take X-rays or CT scans to determine if zygomatic implants are a good option for you.
  • Anesthesia: The procedure to place zygomatic implants is usually done under general anesthesia or conscious sedation, depending on the complexity of the case and the patient’s preference.
  • Placement of implants: The surgeon will make small incisions in the gum tissue and drill into the cheekbone to place the zygomatic implants. The implants will be angled to provide maximum support and stability.
  • Recovery: After the procedure, you may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, but this usually subsides within a few days to a week. Your dentist will provide you with instructions on how to care for the implants during the healing process.
  • Restoration: Once the zygomatic implants have fused with the bone, the dentist will attach abutments and dental prostheses, such as crowns, bridges or dentures to replace the missing teeth.
  • Follow-up visits: Regular check-ups are necessary to ensure the implants and prostheses are functioning properly, and there are no signs of complications.


It’s important to note that getting zygomatic implants is a complex procedure and requires an experienced dental professional. However, with proper care, zygomatic implants can provide a long-term solution for those with missing teeth and inadequate bone in the upper jaw.

Zygomatic implant recovery 

After the placement of zygomatic implants, patients can expect some degree of discomfort and swelling for the first few days. The degree of pain and swelling can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the procedure. However, most patients find that the discomfort is manageable with over-the-counter pain medication and subsides within a few days. It is essential to follow post-operative care instructions closely, which may include using ice packs to reduce swelling, avoiding solid foods for a few days, and taking prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection. Patients may also need to use a special mouthwash to maintain oral hygiene and avoid brushing the surgical site for a few weeks.

Follow-up appointments are important as well. They allow your dentist to monitor the healing process and ensure that the implants are integrating correctly. The time it takes for the implants to fully integrate with the jawbone can vary, but typically it can take a few months before the final prosthetic is fitted.

Once the implants have fully integrated, you can expect a significant improvement in your oral health and function. You can resume normal activities, including eating a wider variety of foods, speaking, and smiling with confidence. With proper care and maintenance, zygomatic implants can provide a long-lasting solution for patients with severe bone loss, improving their quality of life and overall oral health.


Zygomatic implants in San Diego at University Dental

The quality of your life can be greatly enhanced with zygomatic dental implants, even if you suffer from severe bone loss in the upper jaw. Dental implants can boost your confidence and make you feel like yourself again by allowing you to eat the foods you love and enjoy the finer things in life—without the embarrassment or discomfort of dentures. For more information about Zygomatic implants or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hage, call University Dental at (619) 582-4224