What Are Zygomatic and Angled Implants?

senior couple smiling with Zygomatic and Angled ImplantsZygomatic and angled implants are a different approach to securing dental implants in your bone.

Bone loss is often uneven, whether due to gum disease or resorption of bone associated with denture wearing. Some bones tend to be lost more easily, while other bones remain strong.

One bone that tends to remain strong no matter the situation is the zygomatic. The zygomatic bone is also known as the cheekbone or malar bone. It connects with the upper jaw and with the temporal bone. This bone isn’t affected by resorption in the same way as the upper and lower jaws, and even in people with osteoporosis, it remains relatively robust. This makes it a great place to put a dental implant that can help anchor dentures. With two zygomatic dental implants and two implants positioned in the front of the mouth, we can completely anchor your upper denture.

Angled implants are used when you have enough bone to anchor your dental implants, but only if the implant is placed at an angle. By angling the implant, we can find more bone to make the dental implants secure, without need for a bone graft.

Benefits of Angled Implants and Zygomatic Implants

Angled implants and zygomatic implants are important options for people who have experienced bone loss that can jeopardize dental implant stability. The benefits of these implants include:

  • High success rate (~97% for zygomatic implants)
  • Long-lasting results
  • No need for bone graft
  • Shorter procedure
  • Can help in cases where bone graft is not recommended

If you have been told that you require a bone graft to support your dental implants, you should get a second opinion and ask about angled and zygomatic implants. In many cases, you can avoid a bone graft, and any extra time and expense associated with it.

In other cases, you may have been told that you don’t have enough bone to support dental implants, and that a bone graft will not work. In this case, angled and zygomatic dental implants can make all the difference, allowing you to get dental implants.

Why Choose Rice Dentistry

At Rice Dentistry, we employ a specialist implant dentist to help ensure that the placement of your dental implants is precise and allows the widest range of people to benefit from replacement teeth that are as attractive and functional as their natural teeth.

If you would like to learn whether angled or zygomatic implants can help you, please contact Rice Dentistry today for a consultation with an Irvine implant dentist.