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‍Zygomatic dental implants are long titanium implants anchored into the cheekbone for missing teeth. They’re also known as artificial cheekbone implants. These aren’t intended for anything other than correcting missing teeth in weak or less bone. They don’t, therefore, require lengthy explanations. However, their prevalence and popularity within the 60+ demographics mean zygomatic implants will likely become more commonplace in the future. In this article, we explain what zygomatic implants are and why they matter for 60+.

What are Zygomatic Dental Implants?

With technology, a variety of implant is developed called Zygomatic Dental Implant; it is an advanced form of dental implant used in the upper jaw when the jaw eroded after the tooth removal. This implant supports the upper implant bridgework.

Zygomatic Dental Implants Royal Dental Clinics
Zygomatic Dental Implants Royal Dental Clinics

Why are they needed for 60+?

Zygomatic implants, don’t require extensive surgery and hence have a low risk of complications. They done in one visit. Alternatively, many face lifts and other types of surgeries are expensive, lengthy procedures that can result in a long recovery period. This can be problematic for older patients who may want to get the surgeries but don’t want to go through the process.

Zygomatic implants, on the other hand, are comparatively quick and affordable procedures. As we age, our body’s ability to heal and fight infection reduced. This is why the risk of infection and complications is higher among older individuals. This also why surgeries the face lift less likely to be recommended to older people (read more about face lifts).

How Are Zygomatic Implants Inserted?

Zygomatic implants inserted via an incision beneath the cheekbone. They inserted into the bone and held in place with sutures. The procedure done in two steps:

The incision made, and the implant in the bone.

The incision closed, and the implant held in place with sutures. The whole procedure may take as little as an hour and likely requires an overnight stay at the hospital.

The framework loaded with SAPTeeth dental crowns.

Who can get Implants for missing teeth?

Anyone who experiences sunken cheeks due to aging or malnutrition can be a candidate for zygomatic implants. However, the procedure not recommended for those who are in otherwise poor health or take medications that affect healing times.

Patients in good health who want to get zygomatic implants while they’re still young enough to benefit from them.

People who are already in bad health and/or take medications that affect healing times.

Patients who are at an advanced age, are extremely frail, or otherwise have low bone density.

Dental Implants in one day

Side Effects of Zygomatic Implants

The most common side effects of zygomatic implants are:

Swelling: The swelling may last for a few days.

Bruising: Some bruising may occur, though it is usually mild and should go away within a few weeks.

Infection: There is an increased risk of infection due to the surgical procedure.

Pain: Pain should subside within a few days or weeks.


Zygomatic implants for missing teeth are most advanced solutions. They known as artificial cheekbone implants. Not recommended for people in otherwise poor health or who take medications that affect healing times. They also for people in bad health, are extremely frail, or have low bone density. Visit our blog What Is Aging? to learn more about aging and how to age well.

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