Zygomatic Implants

If you suffer from severe bone loss in the upper maxilla, the indicated treatment are Zygomatic Implants.

Zygomatic Dental Implants placed by Doctor Omar Lugo
Zygomatic Dental implants were placed by Dr. Omar Lugo in Cancun, Mexico.

Zygomatic dental implants have a unique design. They are helpful in cases of patients with poor bone density.

Zygoma Implants are larger than regular implants; they go positioned into the Zygoma bone (cheekbone). The treatment is, in most cases, the ultimate solution for patients with severe bone loss problems.

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    What Are Zygomatic Implants

    Zygomatic dental implants are the right solution for people with severe bone loss or detriment in the upper jaw.


    The Zygoma implant is a longer titanium post and has a unique design. It is larger than a regular size implant.


    The Maxillofacial surgeon positions the Zygomatic dental implant in the cheekbone (zygoma bone)

    Illustration that shows how the zygomatic implants are set.
    The illustration shows the anatony of zygomatic implants when set into the bone.

    Zygomatic implants were initially used as a viable option of rehabilitation for people with severe maxilla defects such as trauma, birth and genetic defects, and tumor resections. Nowadays, patients with severe upper bone loss can benefit from this treatment.


    Indications for zygomatic dental implants placement also includes,

    • Failed sinus lifts or bone grafting treatments
    • Failed regular implant placement
    • Rehabilitation after trauma
    • Rehabilitation after tumors

    Why does bone loss happen?

    When teeth are missing for a long period of time, the bone begins to shrink. Sometimes, the bone can retreat in large amounts; making it almost impossible to place regular size implants to complete the All On 4.


    A gravely resorbed edentulous maxilla can happen for different reasons, but missing teeth is the most common.

    If you wait for long periods of time to restore your teeth, you could have the risk of an extensive bone recession.


    X-ray showing the placement of four zygomatic implants for the All On 4 treatment.
    This is how the zygoma implants are set into your cheekbone.

    Currently, there aren't any available treatments for bone recession.

    Bone grafts and sinus lifts do not regenerate the bone, or won't re-activate the bone itself. Bone recession is severe and needs a different approach. Zygomatic implants will keep the upper maxilla healthy.

    Are Zygomatic Implants Safe?

    A full diagnose and evaluation with a 3D Scan is necessary before the surgery. The patient also needs to come healthy and free from any infections.

    The placement of zygomatic implants needs careful pre-surgical planning. Only a trained Maxillofacial surgeon with surgical experience should perform this treatment.


    The surgeon inserts the zygomatic implant between the maxillary sinus and the upper ridge of the bone. They anchor the implant in the zygoma bone, which is thicker.


    For people with severe bone loss, zygomatic implants provide the right foundation for new teeth; either with a fixed hybrid bridge or a Zirconia Superstructure.

    Zygomatic Implants Risks or Complications

    The patient must understand how crucial it is to keep diligent care and hygiene after the surgery to avoid Zygomatic implants problems. The surgery aftercare is critical for a proper recovery.

    The healing also needs to be free from infections as they can compromise the surgery success rate and develop sinusitis or further problems. Long-term research shows high success survival rates of the treatment. Almost no complications are reported.

    How long do zygomatic implants last? According to the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation, they have a 96% survival rate after twelve years. That means that with the right care, this treatment can serve you a lifetime.

    Zygomatic Dental Implants 3D Scan Pre-planning
    Pre-planning with the aid of 3D CT SCan for zygomatic dental implants.

    Zygomatic Dental Implants Reviews

    Eddie is an American patient that saved thousands of dollars on his zygomatic implants in Mexico. Back home in Dallas, he was quoted a price of over 50K for his treatment. He reviews his experience with our staff at our clinic in Cancun.

    Zygomatic Implants Cost

    2 Zygomatic implants
    + 2 regular size implants
    6,800 USD
    2 Zygomatic implants
    + 3 regular size implants
    7,700 USD
    4 Zygomatic implants 10,000 USD
    • Additional Costs of the Surgery

      The surgery will be performed inside a private hospital.
      1,500 USD


      The price above includes,

      • Operating room, hospital fees, and one night stay,
      • Anesthesiologist fee and IV sedation.
      • Bone grafts or any additional treatment are not included.

    Zygomatic Implants Frequently Asked Questions

    The technique and mechanism require Nobel Biocare implants. We rely on the quality of the brand.

    The principle and protocols are the same. The difference is where the implants are placed. Conventional implants are inserted in the bone ridge, while zygoma implants are set into the cheekbone.

    Four implants are required to complete the All On 4 treatment.

    The zygomatic implants treatment needs to be completed with the aid of either,

    1. Two additional regular size implants,
    2. or two additional zygoma implants if necessary.

    Four implants are needed to stabilize, bring a better anchorage, support, and distribution of the pressure of the occlusion on the final restoration.

    No. The healing process and osseointegration require time for a proper recovery. We recommend the two-stage process, to have the bone bond with the implant, the traditional way.

    A temporary denture will be placed during the healing process (four to six months). The temporary denture will improve your aesthetic looks while you recover while still making your daily activities.

    For this specific procedure, you need a skilled and experienced surgeon. The surgery is executed by Dr. Omar Lugo

    Last updated April 30, 2022.